Chadstone station and tunnel on $2b shopping list

A NEW train line connecting the Glen Waverley and Dandenong railway lines would stop at Chadstone Shopping Centre as part of a bold $2 billion plan to bury part of the Glen Waverley line.

A private consortium wants government money to help build the new Chadstone station and subway tunnels, which would remove six of the eastern suburbs’ most dangerous level crossings and free up valuable land for development.

The heavy-hitting consortium, which includes NAB, Thiess, Hassell, Grimshaw Architects and KPMG among others, has proposed linking Chadstone to the rail network by digging a tunnel between the Glen Waverley and Dandenong lines…

It would remove every level crossing on the Glen Waverley line, including two that intersect with tram lines.

”We believe that the Victorian government would achieve major economies of scale if they were to approach the removal of level crossings on a systemic basis,” Mr Eves said…

The Baillieu government has committed to removing 12 level crossings, but only five of those projects have been funded…

Tony Morton, president of the Public Transport Users Association, warned that the Chadstone connection could further tangle the network, which needed to be more streamlined to operate efficiently, and could potentially confuse passengers on the Glen Waverley and Dandenong lines.

Adam Carey, The Age, November 11, 2012

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