Metro Tunnel ProposalIt is general accepted that some form of major public transport improvement is required. The current network is reaching capacity around the CBD, especially the City-Loop. This has resulted in a political footy match over the last decade, with back and forth proposals, announcements and cancelations. The current plan is very similar to a proposal some years ago (the difference being depth of tunnel). Whilst the previous government proposed an alternative alignment to the western end of the CBD.
Five new underground stations, 9 kilometres of track, a train system where you don’t need a timetable, where you can turn up and go. That’s what’s most important, this is London, New York, Paris, Tokyo-style public transport. Daniel Andrews – Premier of VictoriaDetail planning is just starting, but it is clear that with a shallow tunnel depth and a cut/cover construction technique, Swanston Street will have huge disruptions to its tram network and businesses. Not only is the street the key alignment of the rail line but it will also house two stations under its pavement. The government department says that is considered a number of alternative options to pass through the CBD but “these alternatives had various drawbacks, including less optimal interchange opportunities, increased rail disruptions during construction and more complex geotechnical issues, leading to higher construction costs.” The overall project will cost around $11billion (Australian Dollars) with construction to commence in 2018 and take 8 years. More information
And based on the best advice, we’re pushing forwarded with the Swanston St alignment. It’s the better outcome for passengers, passengers will have easier access from the ground into the underground stations. It’s better in terms of safety and emergency access as well. Jacinta Allan – Minister for Public TransportA recent article in The Age raised the issue of tram realignment, noting a push to the west. It quoted the opposition as saying this will create a ‘tram jam’ and an advocacy body said that it was ‘back to the future’ with William street having many years ago taken half the St Kilda tram routes.