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Sunday, 8 March 2009

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This is the new tunnel starting from Seaholme to Windsor and to Carrum. Artist's impression.

Recently, Australia's railway operator has been meeting with all it's employees to plan the perfect railway map. The map has been set out and completed and will be reviewed.

The map contains lots of improvements. Such as stations returning, new stations and lines, improvements to stations and interlinks.

Improvements in the City Loop will be reviewed first. Some improvements to Flinders Street include demolishing the clock tower and replacing it with a new and original look. It looks exactly like Southern Cross but opposite. The platforms are going to reach 35-40 but the exact number is unknown. The validators are going to go from around 10 to a staggering 50 at once.

Platform 1 is for Craigieburn Line
Platform 2 is for Upfield Line
Platform 3 is for Epping Line
Platform 4 is for Hurstbridge Line
Platform 5 is for Lilydale Line
Platform 6 is for Belgrave Line
Platform 7 is for Glen Waverly Line
Platform 8 is for Alamein Line
Platform 9 is for Sandringham Line
Platform 10 is for Frankston & Stony Point Lines
Platform 11 is for Pakenham Line
Platform 12 is for Cranbourne Line
Platform 13 is for Altona Line
Platform 14 is for Werribee Line
Platform 15 is for Williamstown Line
Platform 16 is for Melton Line
Platform 17 is for Sunbury Line
Platform 18 is for Melbourne Airport Line
Platforms 19-23 are for the Puffing Billy trains
The other remaining 13 platforms are for V/Line and Interstate trains

Improvements to Southern Cross include expansion to shops and the extension of platforms to 35 with the same numbers as Flinders Street. The clock tower from Flinders Street will be placed atop the Southern Cross building.

Improvements to Flagstaff will include the station being open on weekends and public holidays, 24 hours a day.

Improvements to Melbourne Central include increasing the number of validators to double the amount. Extra security and more parking spaces and bicycle lockers will be done.

Improvements to Parliament include adding a shopping centre on top of the underground station. More parking spaces and bicycle lockers will be provided.

These improvements will commence sometime in 2025 and will be done by the end of 2034.

All of the closed lines and stations will be returning including the General Motors station, which closed in 2002, South Morang - Whittlesea line ,which closed on November 28 1959, the Kew line, which closed in 1957, and the famous Red Hill line, which closed in 1953.

The following is a list of lines and stations that will be returning:

1. St. Kilda-Windsor link line
2. Rosstown Railway
3. Outer Circle line
4. Springvale Cemetery line
5. Kew line
6. Red Hill line
7. Epping - Whittlesea line
8. Mont Park line
9. Lilydale - Warburton line
10. Lilydale - Healesville line
11. Inner Circle line
12. Belgrave - Gembrook line
13. St. Kilda line
14. Port Melbourne line
15. Mornington line

The stations that are coming back include:

1. Holden
2. Cremorne
3. Botanical Gardens
4. Maidstone
5. Salt Water River
6. Richmond Park
7. Pic Nic
8. Williamstown Racecourse
9. Campbellfield
10. North Campbellfield
11. Somerton
12. Langwarrin
13. White City
14. Lyndhurst
15. Mobiltown
16. Paisley
17. Galvin
18. Williamstown Pier
19. APM Siding
20. Werribee Racecourse
21. Princes Bridge
22. General Motors

These stations will be returning and work will start in 2015 and is expected to finish by 2029-2031.

Improvements to the Sunbury line include a new station at Calder Park and new stations will become premiums and hosts and when approaching Watergardens, passengers will be forced to either cancel their trip or transfer to a train that comes.

Improvements to the Melton line include new stations at Caroline Springs, Deer Park West and Toolern. The line will be electrified as well and V/Line passengers who are approaching Melton station will either be forced to cancel their trip or transfer to a train.

Improvements to the Werribee line include new stations at Derrimut and Point Cook. A branch line from Laverton will be reaching towards Tarneit and nearby suburbs. Finally, a line from West Werribee will be going towards Sunshine station.

A new line that will be going to Melbourne Airport was also put on the map. It will start off at Melbourne Airport station and go directly past the 2 new stations, Essendon Airport and Westfield Essendon, to Southern Cross. It was originally going to branch off from Essendon but a resident suggested it go to Southern Cross with 2 new stations.

Improvements to the Altona Line include a tunnel that will start at Seaholme and a new line will go directly into the Sandringham and Frankston lines stopping at Windsor in the Sandringham line and Carrum on the Frankston line.

Improvements to the Williamstown line include the line extending to Williamstown Pier, which was closed over 20 years ago.

A new line from Altona to Jacana is also part of the plan with new stations at Sunshine North, Keilor East, Westfield Shoppingtown Airport West and Gowanbrae.

Improvements to the Craigieburn line include new stations at Patullos and Coolaroo and the Craigieburn line will loop up with the Upfield line from Upfield to Roxburgh Park.

This is all that will be revealed so far. More of this story will be revealed by 10:00PM tonight.

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