The Federal Government has committed $260 million towards the removal of the dangerous and congested Glenferrie Rd Level Crossing.
The first step to remove the Level Crossing was to provide $8 million to the Victorian State Government to produce a Business Case.
Over a year later the Business Case is still not complete.
Locals need to know what the options are for the removal and then to be consulted on the options.
Which has left us all asking… where’s the plan?
Why this needs its own thread is beyond me, considering it was discussed in the LX thread when The Hun published an article on this.
The business case has been completed by the state government who is laughing all the way to the bank. It is yet to reach the federal ministers desk which is code for the federal government didn't like what was in it.
$260m doesn't get you much for Glenferrie Road. The state business case said double and some.
Glenferrie Road and Kooyong Station are on a curve, the station would need to go and cannot be rebuilt in its current locations. Safety rules say it must be built on a straight section of track. So it will need to be rebuilt between Warra Street and the well to do Kooyong Tennis Club. There is virtually no space here, so a little bit of land is going to need to be stolen from somewhere. It is also not a case of trenching next to the current line keeping it active during construction. The limitations of the rail corridor mean it would need to be closed for months while the current corridor is trenched
Then they need to squeeze a new DDA compliant station in between the Tennis Club and the million dollar homes, which I'm sure the locals will love. All of the trees gone and replaced by a concrete trench. There is also limited staging space for any construction activities, no nearby land or park they could occupy and then reinstate, unless St Kevins College is feeling generous.
All in all the state said it would be more than $500 million to remove the crossing and rebuild Kooyong Station, which is why the Feds are mum on it. This is what happens when you go with the popular movement at the time and promise to trench a railway, rebuild a station without having a clue how to do it. The site is perfect for a rail overpass and elevated station.
The state won't touch it knowing how much it is going to cost, if the feds want it gone they will need to stump up the cash. Im sure Dan is more than happy to sit by and watch Josh get eaten alive by the locals.