50 level crossings to be removed

 
  Crossover Train Controller

Location: St. Albans Victoria
The two sides of the new underpass on Buckley Street now link up!
Locals invited to walk through the Buckley Street "Tunnel"this Thursday  evening then it opens for Traffic this weekend .Another crossing "Gone "!

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  Adogs Chief Train Controller

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/getting-on-with-the-reservoir-level-crossing-removal/

Skyrail it is for Reservoir.

NIMBYs incoming!
potatoinmymouth

Meh...  I don't know how much nimbying there'll be here.  Preston and Thomastown are super safe Labor seats (something like 75-80% ALP two party preferred at the last election).  The NoSkyRail placards were loudest where the Libs were a shot and their astroturfing budget was worth the effort.

As for why it isn't underground - possible contributing factor is that Reservoir will presumably have an underground station on the suburban rail loop.  So maybe a bit of future-proofing there.
  Adogs Chief Train Controller

The two sides of the new underpass on Buckley Street now link up!
Locals invited to walk through the Buckley Street "Tunnel"this Thursday  evening then it opens for Traffic this weekend .Another crossing "Gone "!
Crossover

How's it looking?  Locals still angry about it, or has it turned out better than expected?

The interesting thing about Buckley St, is that even if it turns local voters off Labor, it's visually maybe a small-scale example of what Matthew Guy's road intersection tunnels would look like, and the promise of 50 of them across the city will turn just as many people off the Libs.

Oh wells.  My local crossing at Seaford Rd opens this weekend, will be interested to see how that looks once it's open.
  True Believers Chief Commissioner

Really are we having an argument whether Reservoir station is better a trench. Elevated rail is the way to go, in fact it's shorter length than the proposed trench. And it gives more open space than a trench could ever do.

Hands down the best option for the community.
  ngarner Chief Train Controller

Location: Seville
"Private developer DealCorp has won planning approval for a $100 million apartment tower to be built opposite a suburban railway station in Melbourne's east, on a site created through the state government's revamp of train stations and rail crossings."
https://www.railpage.com.au/news/s/rail-crossing-revamp-spurs-100m-dealcorp-development
I;m sure the government was hoping for things like this to happen as a result of the level crossing replacement program but this is a really positive result; (even if  the developer is going to be the one getting most of the money!)
Neil
  potatoinmymouth Chief Commissioner

It’s textbook urban development. Good to see, regardless of the amount going back into state coffers.
  Alphabet Train Controller

Location: Moonee Ponds
Buckley Street opened to traffic this morning, as did nearly all of the side streets other than Russell Street, which is still closed.
  slowcoach Junior Train Controller

Buckley Street opened to traffic this morning, as did nearly all of the side streets other than Russell Street, which is still closed.
Alphabet
Any changes to where the bus routes will stop to pick up and alight passengers either on Rose St or Russell St?
e.g. 475, 476, 477, 483, 501, 503, 510, 903
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
I;m sure the government was hoping for things like this to happen as a result of the level crossing replacement program but this is a really positive result; (even if  the developer is going to be the one getting most of the money!)
Neil
ngarner
I'm sure Victrack won't be selling the site at anything less than full market value, they seem to be one arm of Government that doesn't give it's assets away lightly.

A great result on many levels.

BG
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: North Haverbrook; where the monorail is king!
I;m sure the government was hoping for things like this to happen as a result of the level crossing replacement program but this is a really positive result; (even if  the developer is going to be the one getting most of the money!)
Neil
I'm sure Victrack won't be selling the site at anything less than full market value, they seem to be one arm of Government that doesn't give it's assets away lightly.

A great result on many levels.

BG
BrentonGolding
All Victorian Government agencies are required by law to sell any land that they are disposing of at full market value as determined by the Valuer General - including if they are selling it to other agencies, local governments and so on. Leasing's a different matter though...
  justarider Assistant Commissioner

Location: Stuck on VR and hoping for better.
I;m sure the government was hoping for things like this to happen as a result of the level crossing replacement program but this is a really positive result; (even if  the developer is going to be the one getting most of the money!)
Neil
I'm sure Victrack won't be selling the site at anything less than full market value, they seem to be one arm of Government that doesn't give it's assets away lightly.

A great result on many levels.

BG
All Victorian Government agencies are required by law to sell any land that they are disposing of at full market value as determined by the Valuer General - including if they are selling it to other agencies, local governments and so on. Leasing's a different matter though...
LancedDendrite
Interesting point. Victrack are still the owner of the land.

The planning permit granted
https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0024/324753/PA1600181-287-Burke-Rd-Glen-Iris-Att.2-Officer-Report_Redacted.pdf
is for Deal Corporation P/L to develop the site for Victrack. ( see page 4, points 4 & 5)
The terms of the agreement between the parties is not disclosed, Auditor General will probably have a say somewhere.
FOI anybody ?

PS: if Victrack sell the land, then it's back to step 1 with the planning permit. I doubt anybody wants to waste the last 2 years effort, so "lease" does sound feasible.

cheers
John
  drunkill Junior Train Controller

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Victrack are probably developing it, like Ikon at Glen Waverly which sits right next to the end of the line (and includes supports to allow tunneling in the future) https://www.victrack.com.au/projects/past-projects/glen-waverley-station-precinct

They won an award for it too: https://www.victrack.com.au/news/news-and-media/2016/glen-waverley-station-precinct-ikon-development-wins-national-award
  John.Z Chief Train Controller

Victrack are probably developing it, like Ikon at Glen Waverly which sits right next to the end of the line (and includes supports to allow tunneling in the future) https://www.victrack.com.au/projects/past-projects/glen-waverley-station-precinct

They won an award for it too: https://www.victrack.com.au/news/news-and-media/2016/glen-waverley-station-precinct-ikon-development-wins-national-award
drunkill
Good to know they thought further than 1 year into the future designing that tower. Was worried we were locked into the current arrangement for the life of the tower.
  Crossover Train Controller

Location: St. Albans Victoria
The two sides of the new underpass on Buckley Street now link up!
Locals invited to walk through the Buckley Street "Tunnel"this Thursday  evening then it opens for Traffic this weekend .Another crossing "Gone "!

How's it looking?  Locals still angry about it, or has it turned out better than expected?

The interesting thing about Buckley St, is that even if it turns local voters off Labor, it's visually maybe a small-scale example of what Matthew Guy's road intersection tunnels would look like, and the promise of 50 of them across the city will turn just as many people off the Libs.

Oh wells.  My local crossing at Seaford Rd opens this weekend, will be interested to see how that looks once it's open.
Adogs
I think the Buckley Street development is a real positive for the area .
It is not obtrusive from a distance .
You do have to get used to altered patterns of access to the shops closest to Essendon station on the Western side but I do think the locals who are the main frequenters of these shops will adapt and abience of the area to me looks like it has been enhanced
  Alphabet Train Controller

Location: Moonee Ponds
Buckley Street opened to traffic this morning, as did nearly all of the side streets other than Russell Street, which is still closed.
Any changes to where the bus routes will stop to pick up and alight passengers either on Rose St or Russell St?
e.g. 475, 476, 477, 483, 501, 503, 510, 903
slowcoach
Not sure about long term changes, but there might be a couple. A little hard to gauge at the moment with Russell Street closed.
  Altona Loopy Station Master

Meanwhile........pamphlets were handed out at Laverton and Aircraft this morning alerting the army of commuters that the start of works for the Aviation Road LX removal is imminent with work sites being established.

To be done in 2 stages, with the pedestrian underpass where the crossing is now to be part of Stage 2 and will coincide with works at Cherry Street and Werribee Street removals in Werribee in 2019 / 2020 to minimise rail disruptions.

Good outcome at Aviation Road, good use of spare available land in the rail corridor and good design if you look at the pretty pictures.
  stooge spark Chief Train Controller

Location: My House
Meanwhile........pamphlets were handed out at Laverton and Aircraft this morning alerting the army of commuters that the start of works for the Aviation Road LX removal is imminent with work sites being established.

To be done in 2 stages, with the pedestrian underpass where the crossing is now to be part of Stage 2 and will coincide with works at Cherry Street and Werribee Street removals in Werribee in 2019 / 2020 to minimise rail disruptions.

Good outcome at Aviation Road, good use of spare available land in the rail corridor and good design if you look at the pretty pictures.
Altona Loopy
Just out of curiousity, how long do the boom gates stay down at Aviation road for? I remember a video where the boom gates stayed down for a good 1-2 minutes, long before the metro train actually arrived.
  jp_metrowest Beginner

Location: St. Albans
That is because the boom gates are triggered when the trains are at Laverton station.
  slowcoach Junior Train Controller

On average, how long do boom gates stay down for the longest freight trains travelling at normal speed on the Werribee line?
  penguin2233 Locomotive Driver

Location: Craigieburn, Melbourne VIC
Does anyone have photos of the new Buckly st underpass? Can't find an image of it, might go there one day
  slowcoach Junior Train Controller

Does anyone have photos of the new Buckly st underpass? Can't find an image of it, might go there one day
penguin2233
Check out the LXRA Facebook page or twitter profile.
  True Believers Chief Commissioner

Anyways of course the Werribee street crossing removal would allow the future SRL to connect up with Werribee. Obviously this wasn't the original intention including Werribee street on the list. But yeah it's now has been confirmed that SRL will use the RRL route.
  penguin2233 Locomotive Driver

Location: Craigieburn, Melbourne VIC
Does anyone have photos of the new Buckly st underpass? Can't find an image of it, might go there one day
Check out the LXRA Facebook page or twitter profile.
slowcoach
thanks. it does look cool, with the green wallpaper.
  slowcoach Junior Train Controller

Recent Facebook announcement by the premier. Here are the next 25 level crossings on the hit list after the first 50 are removed. Note: Only 14 of the 25 have been announced so far.
Frankston Line
- Glenhuntly Rd, Glenhuntly
- Neerim Rd, Glenhuntly
- Argyle Ave, Chelsea
- Chelsea Rd, Chelsea
- Swanpool Ave, Chelsea

Belgrave/Lilydale Line
- Union Rd, Surrey Hills
- Mont Albert Rd, Mont Albert

Upfield Line
- Munro St, Coburg
- Reynard St, Coburg

Mernda Line
- Oakover Rd, Preston
- Cramer St, Preston
- Muarry Rd, Preston

Sunbury Line
- Gap Rd / Station St, Sunbury

Werribee Line
Old Geelong Rd, Hoppers Crossing
  toholio Station Master

Be quite interesting to see the Glenhuntley tram square go.

Upfield Line
- Munro St, Coburg
- Reynard St, Coburg
slowcoach


Munro Street would already have been removed with the rail over road option for Moreland Road and Bell Street. Hopefully that means they have chosen that option and will extend it to eventually replace most of that line with sky rail. That would open up a lot more ground level space for the Upfield bike path.

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