Why does a train station building cost more than an ordinary house in many cases they are smaller such as Epsom. They use the same building materials. To build a brick house and buy the land in Epsom it would not cost more than $300,000. Epsom costs $7.76 million. Do they use gold-plated railway tracks.
To start with stations these days are over engineered and built to withstand a nuclear attack . Simple suspended slab platforms such as exist on the extensions at North Geelong and North Shore are over 40 years old and quite adequate . Extensions at South Geelong and the second platform at Melton used old rails and concrete slabs ex level crossings to create a very sound platform .
The new platform at Waurn Ponds would support an Armenian tank !
Car park wise the entire sealed area is constructed to the same standard which adds extra cost . Money could be saved if the parking spaces were constructed to support car axle loads at low speed, and only through access roads and bus taxi bays be constructed to support the heavier axle loads .
The issue of disabled access required by law also adds to the cost of stations these days .
Finally the quoted cost of the station often includes other works like in the case of Waurn Ponds the cost also included a refuge siding and extension of the colour light absolute block signalling system (from Marshall ) controlled from Geelong Signal Control Centre .
All the same the station cost should be much lower. The current Government was horrified by the Labor Governments estimate for Southland and PTV was supposed to stop all the alleged Union rorts and drive the cost down blah, blah . . End result the current Governments cost for Southland is even more than Labors costing, and worse still Westfield as main beneficiary are not paying a cent . Victorian taxpayers should not be subsidising Westfield especially if they are not contibuting at all .