Hey mate, only 1 photo is shown and the link doesn't work.The Spring Street press gallery were more interested in asking dumarse questions on fines rather than follow up on the Premier's comments at today's press conference where he said infrastructure will become an even bigger emphasis as we come out of the corona virus period.
The delayed budget toward the end of year sounds like it's going to be a motza.
So in lieu of the press gallery asking about the planning and "on-paper" status of things like SRL, MARL and the like, here's a photo of two (actually three, eventually) station locations for the SRL.
I have some sympathy for your view but whether it is a Southland or Cheltenham, its more about being an interchange with the Frankston line.I really don't like the idea of the station being at Southland. Who will use it? Just the shoppers and the employees? There's not that many large scale residential or office spaces around that area. How would they start the urban growth centre in the middle of some random residential back streets behind Southland without bringing the wrath of the nimbys? Cheltenham Station site itself looks more capable with many active streets for retail and more capable to add apartment or office blocks with minimal suburban disruption for the first few development cycles of the area.
I am not a fan of using tax payers money to provide a public asset to a company to make money off if no other competitors can access it. It must be done (within reason) in a way that allows multiple businesses to tap into.
I suppose that's a fair point, especially if it allows people along the sandbelt region to access the employment areas to the north such as Clayton/Monash/Box Hill which will become a very viable option for them compared to now. That being said, it's still my preference that they put the interchange in Cheltenham as that's where people live, work, shop at all hours of the day rather than only being active during the shopping centre hours only.I have some sympathy for your view but whether it is a Southland or Cheltenham, its more about being an interchange with the Frankston line.
If the site investigation locations are anything to go by, we have a rough outline of the route. Although, Southland or Cheltenham as terminus: perhaps the lack of locations at Cheltenham on Heph's link might be explained due to LX removal works having already completed geotech earlier.At the end of the day, the bus interchange can be moved to wherever the station will be. It wouldn't be the best example of planning ahead but it's not a big expense in the scheme of the loop. From memory the Monash Masterplan has several mixed-use buildings planned near the corner of Blackburn and Wellington so it makes sense to dig up the car parks there for the SRL and eventually replace them with developments above.
I have no idea how much we should be reading into the precise locations of the site investigations/drillings, but the ones done so far suggest an alignment and station next to Scenic Boulevard: Link.