One of the interesting things about Melbourne is the transition from a suburban network to a turn up and go metro network. One key question is whether the level of passenger amenity required for a station changes with the level of frequency. If the Dandenong Line has a frequency of every ten minutes off peak and every few minutes during peak then how does this impact on what you need. My personal view is that there is a danger in providing stations that may have been appropriate for twenty or thirty minute off peak frequency in the new environment. Or to put it another way - do you need a waiting room if trains are every few minutes? It’s a difficult shades of grey question - but I think that there is a danger of spending more money than needed. There are some waiting rooms on the network that cost millions - are they worth it in the context of moving to a turn up and go network? My vote is that for parts of the network that will be moving to higher frequencies in the near future that stations should be clean, streamlined, with money spent on improving pedestrian, cycle and bus links rather than anything too over the top.
The average cost for rebuilt station would be around 13 Million, Balaclava and Southland are two recent examples. This provides you with waiting rooms, toilets, wider platforms, DDA compliment Ramps and shelter. Major Stations rebuilds such as Frankston and Westall cost around 50-70 Million. Now spending 500 Million on upgraded Stations, I think is acceptable as there is plenty of work needed to be done to bring our network up to the 21st century. This includes Station upgrades and refurbishment.
Many of the networks stations are in disrepair and need to be rebuilt. We also have to preserve and repair our heritage listed stations on our network as they are starting to fall down.
Stations like Richmond, Glen Waverley, Elsternwick, Moorabbin, Burnley, Dandenong and Box Hill could do with total rebuilds. These major stations and interchanges must be upgraded.
Then there’s other stations that are shocking and have very poor facilities such as North Richmond, Syndal, Boronia, Jacana, Keilor Plains, Ruthven, Wattle Glen, Albion, Yarraman, Huntingdale, Gardenvale, Patterson, Aircraft, Tottenham, Hallam, Flemington Bridge, Homesglen, Sandown Park, Officer, Ringwood East, South Kensington, Hoppers Crossing, Macauley, Canterbury and East Camberwell
Then we also need to protect and refurbish our herritage and community stations because many of these are suffering from erosion and need a little facelift, new ramps, etc. These include Windsor, Prahran, Auburn, Essendon, Middle Brighton, Brighton Beach, Sandringham, Williamstown Beach, Glenferrie, Williamstown, Hawthorn, Malvern, Clifton Hill, Newmarket, Heidelberg, Ascot Vale, Seddon, West Richmond, Toorak, South Yarra, Armadale, Hawksburn, Canterbury, North Williamstown, Newport, Kensington, Royal Park, Camberwell, Caulfield, Flemington Racecourse, Lilydale, Belgrave, Rushall, Jewell, Werribee and Fairfield