Bendigo Metro Rail Project

 

News article: Bendigo Metro Rail Project

The Victorian Government committed $2 million towards the Bendigo Metro Rail project.

  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Did this project ever get off the ground or was it just another vic government smeg?

Bendigo Metro Rail Project

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  Spletsie Chief Commissioner


It's still listed as a major project on the Victorian Government’s Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources website:

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  Carnot Chief Commissioner

The main change was last year with all weekday services stopping at Kangaroo Flat and extra services to Epsom and Eaglehawk. So essentially a timetabling exercise.

Additional services would require signal upgrades (part of Regional Rail Revival). Its aims are noble but the local population is still focused on driving cars... And also the fact there are several hundred bus stops vs four railway stations.
  James974 Deputy Commissioner

Did this project ever get off the ground or was it just another vic government smeg?

Bendigo Metro Rail Project
x31

The PTV links all broken (for some reason they decided to remove a lot of old content recently). Still on Department website but the news is outdated.

This is a good summary on the Bendigo Metro proposal Wong's blog https://wongm.com/2015/05/epsom-station-switch/
Project done in THREE STAGES:

Stage 1 was meant to commenced in early 2016. Wheel wear issues delayed it to start in June 2016 instead.  http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-27/bendigo-metro-launched-folllowing-delays/7545558 .
These works were mostly timetable changes, as said previously.

Stage 2 only recently got the funding from the Feds in June 2017and now as part of the REBRANDED Regional Revival Rail project. http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/4755330/rail-funding-welcomed-but-problems-remain-ptua/

As for Stage 3 is unclear, since stage 2 hasn't officially started as of yet.

It obviously was just an election promise at the end of the day. No attention has been given shows how minor this project is, just a few timetabling changes and some upgrades on the line, nothing really major.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line

It obviously was just an election promise at the end of the day. No attention has been given shows how minor this project is, just a few timetabling changes and some upgrades on the line, nothing really major.
James974

Did you expect the construction of subway tunnels Question
  James974 Deputy Commissioner


It obviously was just an election promise at the end of the day. No attention has been given shows how minor this project is, just a few timetabling changes and some upgrades on the line, nothing really major.
Did you expect the construction of subway tunnels Question
The Vinelander
Well metro is such a broad term overused. I found out it is a seperate rail system in other countries where it only runs in mostly the central district, stops frequently, and high frequency. This makes there cities polycentric and our rail network radial.

As for Bendigo metro, I thought it was a proposal to introduce its own suburban service. It kinda is but doesn't really, its just a rearrangement of the Bendigo services to terminate further out and increase frequencies.
  TOQ-1 Chief Train Controller

Location: Power Trainger
Originally it was a council proposal with their land use policy to be implemented over 10-20 years. Basically, they wanted as they developed areas of land alongside railway lines for commercial, residential and industrial use that the State Gov would work with them to help expand the local train services to be more frequent. They wanted planners to look into opening old stations such as Golden Square, and maybe opening new ones in certain places.

The State Government then ignored this report, made every train stop at Kangaroo Flat, ran more trains to Epsom and called it Bendigo Metro Rail as an election stunt. A potentially good long term plan rubbished for short term political gain and not much actual improvement.

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