Baby steps in the safe seats of the outer east, but at least it's something. What are the odds that it's still single track and two trains an hour at the end of the decade though? If Lilydale does end up duplicated, we also need to at least get a second track on the Belgrave line to Upper Ferntree Gully (if not Upwey) for even half a chance at a decent service on the Burnley group, especially if the 19th century practice of running branch line shuttle services is to remain. If the Belgrave line is duplicated to Upper Ferntree Gully, Belgrave trains will probably still be every half an hour but with decent signalling, timetabling and half a brain, additional trains could run to UFG in between the full-distance services much like Hurstbridge/Eltham and Sunbury/Watergardens until the government coughs up the rest to duplicate the rest of the Belgrave line (I wouldn't expect Ashburton-Alamein but who knows - Wattle Glen and Hurstbridge will probably beat the Belgrave/Lilydale line to 10-minute trains!)Very much so, I had to double-check for a moment because I thought surely the Belgrave line was every twenty minutes, but no sadly you're right.. still every 30.
Every 20 at weekends. Given the constraints of the single track sections, that's as good as could be hoped for at present, but still waiting for 20 minutes on week days. Ten minutes not possible until duplication.
I spoke to someone from Metro at an information session, and he said there will be limited provision for the duplication at Lilydale. To allow for the elevated station, new duplicated track would commence on a rise just down from the Taylor St/Melba Avenue crossing, extending over a new, higher, double track bridge at John St. and then into the new station.
If the duplication had been done first, it would have meant duplicating the existing John St. bridge, putting a second track across the Maroondah Highway, possibly widening the crossing, and probably some modifications to the Lilydale yard layout, plus signalling. All of these would then be ripped up or made redundant when the LX was later removed. Ideally, both the duplication and the LX removal should be done at the same time, but otherwise it's probably better to do the LX removal first.