I don’t even know where to begin with this.
It’s like John Hearsch spilt his spaghetti on a map of Melbourne and got sick of heavy rail.
The construction disruption would be enormous. The operational complexity would be nothing short of inane.
I don’t understand how this has come out of the same mob that has presented logical, staged upgrades and extensions to existing networks.
the RFI proposed Light Rail / Tram extensions are actually the cheapest upgrade of all the rail proposals, a significant increase in connectivity is achieved by a series of relatively short connections and extensions, most under 1km in length , which allow for a significant increase in capacity.
Any construction project causes delays , so would you prefer not to do it instead ?
Also bear in mind that there will be no future new roads ( except some extensions ) as there is no room to do so , short of mass compulsory acquisition and demolition, which I do not expect to see due to cost and community opposition.
Speaking of mass reconstruction; all those road bridges built in the 1950s and 1960s are approaching replacement time , most bridges have a lifespan of 50-90 years ( with some exceptions ), and road traffic weights and density are double those of that period, so how much disruption do you reckon that will cause ?
What is not realised is that trams can actually move a significant number of people over a short to middle distance almost as quick as a train. An example of this is Glenhuntly to Flinders St either by railway or tramway will get you to Flinders St within 10 minutes of each other, as I found out when a dead train caused me to travel to work via the tram from Glenhuntly, and even though I rang thru to advise of my late arrival I actually managed to walk in the door right on start time !
( PS ) the tram plan has taken almost two years of hard graft , and mass consultation with Yarra Trams and Local Government to get to this point , and the Full Report ( approx 300 pp ) will be published in the next few months, and will be fully costed. )