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Works on stage 2 of Hurstbridge line duplication has started and planned for completion by 2022. The project includes:
  • the new Greensborough Station
  • the upgraded Montmorency Station
  • 3 km of double-track between Greensborough and Montmorency
  • 1.5 km of double-track between Diamond Creekand Wattle Glen
Section between Montmorency and Diamond Creek will remain single-track due to heritage status of Eltham Trestle Bridge.

 

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From Bayside News, an update on much-awaited Frankston line extension to Baxter


To remind the readers of this thread - this project involves duplication and electrification of Frankston-Baxter section of Stony Point line, which is currently served by DMUs. Project map from ABC News:
More new train stations promised for Melbourne as Coalition teams up with Federal Government

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These subliminal line colour indicators is a good start in information provision for people onboard the train.



For people boarding the train, confirmation indicators of next station, next to the mind the gap stencils will be better.
 

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'Game changer': State commits $2.2b to first section of Suburban Rail Loop
he Victorian government has committed $2.2 billion in its upcoming budget for early works on the first section of its $50 billion Suburban Rail Loop – a 90-kilometre rail line running through Melbourne's middle suburbs.

Premier Daniel Andrews unveiled the locations of the proposed six new underground train stations in Melbourne's south-east on Monday, announcing what is likely the most expensive early works project on a Victorian transport project to date.
 

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So we should have this, metro tunnel and airport link under construction at the same time!

Hopefully they go the way of Sydney with this project and choose an automated metro solution. The concept renders seem to suggest that will be the case.

I am also glad they are starting on the south eastern section as I am not a fan of the way this line will supposedly operate in the west and doubt it will end up being built as the plans suggest in that section.
 

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Looks like a great project! Are the stages beyond stage one already final or only preliminary? I was just looking at a map and something like Sunshine to Werribee seems like a very long distance with no intermediate stations.
 

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Looks like a great project! Are the stages beyond stage one already final or only preliminary? I was just looking at a map and something like Sunshine to Werribee seems like a very long distance with no intermediate stations.
They are preliminary plans thankfully. Stage 2 is likely to be Box Hill to either Broadmeadows or the airport and that will likely proceed as the plans suggest.

However I and others doubt it will be built all the way out to Werribee - there really is no reason and there's not much to be gained.

The cynic in me says it is the government just saying that they are linking every train line ie. You're all winners and there's no losers with this project come next election.

They would be better off making a start on Metro Tunnel 2 rather than build this line out to Werribee.
 

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Melbourne Airport Rail Link construction to start 2022, trains to run to CBD every 10 minutes
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Nov 21, 2020

Passengers landing at Melbourne Airport will be able to take trains to the heart of the CBD every 10 minutes once the Melbourne Airport Rail Link is completed in 2029, governments say.

The Victorian Government and Federal Government have each committed $5 billion to the project, which Prime Minister Scott Morrison said would begin construction in 2022 and support up to 8,000 jobs.

In an announcement highlighting the details of the agreed route through Sunshine, authorities stated the project would take travellers from the airport into the CBD in less than 30 minutes.

More : Melbourne Airport to be a 30-minute train ride from CBD by 2029, governments say
 

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Will repost this here even though it's technically regional/intercity rail. As part of the same announcement, the government is starting a new rail line to Geelong.

It looks like at this stage they will still be using the 160km/h diesel sets however this line should be upgradable to faster electric trains. With this upgrade, the train to Geelong will be about 10mins faster than driving.

Geelong Fast Rail

The Australian and Victorian governments have announced the first stage of Geelong Fast Rail, which will deliver faster services with a travel time of around 50 minutes between Geelong and Melbourne.

The Werribee corridor has been selected as the route to deliver faster services for Geelong, with new dedicated track between Werribee and Laverton for Geelong trains, cutting average travel times for passengers by up to 15 minutes.

Stage 1: Werribee to Newport
Delivering faster services between Geelong and Melbourne’s CBD with a travel time of around 50 minutes enabled through a major investment to the Werribee corridor.

Scope
  • New track dedicated to regional services (between Werribee and Laverton).
  • Upgrades to bridges over main roads.
  • Station upgrades at Werribee and Laverton
  • New bridges and culverts over creeks and rivers.
  • Signalling and train control system upgrades.

 

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Will repost this here even though it's technically regional/intercity rail. As part of the same announcement, the government is starting a new rail line to Geelong.

It looks like at this stage they will still be using the 160km/h diesel sets however this line should be upgradable to faster electric trains. With this upgrade, the train to Geelong will be about 10mins faster than driving.

Geelong Fast Rail

The Australian and Victorian governments have announced the first stage of Geelong Fast Rail, which will deliver faster services with a travel time of around 50 minutes between Geelong and Melbourne.

The Werribee corridor has been selected as the route to deliver faster services for Geelong, with new dedicated track between Werribee and Laverton for Geelong trains, cutting average travel times for passengers by up to 15 minutes.

Stage 1: Werribee to Newport
Delivering faster services between Geelong and Melbourne’s CBD with a travel time of around 50 minutes enabled through a major investment to the Werribee corridor.

Scope
  • New track dedicated to regional services (between Werribee and Laverton).
  • Upgrades to bridges over main roads.
  • Station upgrades at Werribee and Laverton
  • New bridges and culverts over creeks and rivers.
  • Signalling and train control system upgrades.

What is old is suddenly new again?

Werribee runs every 10mins, even with overtaking loop it will reach saturity pretty soon with Geelong trains again?

Then will RRL trains be terminators or will Geelong stoppers all be via RRL?

I think it needs more passing loops for it to work. Limited space avail, so Spotswood also needs a passing loop?

Then the Mobiltown junction needs grade separating.....

The entire section Southern Cross (both the RRL lead in towards Footscray) and onwards to Werribee will need moving block, which means the whole regional fleet also needs in cab and onboard train equipment upgrades?

What a mess. Down the track Werribee line from Newport will need to leave this horrible thing of an idea to cross the yarra around Newport to make MM2
 
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