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Mon.24.1.22 Metro Twitter
Aircraft: No ramp access to platforms until late 2021 (pedestrian-underpass works), delayed to March 2022.
Flinders St: still with a lane closed for tunnel works?
Buses replace trains Westall - Pakenham/Cranbourne until the last train of Thu 3 Feb (works).
7.45 Frankston line: Citybound delays (an equipment fault near Edithvale). Stopping patterns may be changed; trains may terminate/originate at intermediate stations.
- 8.20  clearing.
8.17  Pakenham/Cranbournelines: Major delays (police near Clayton).  trains may terminate/originate at intermediate stations.
- 8.32 clearing.  trains may run direct to Flinders St.
11.54 Craigieburn line: Major delays (an equipment fault near Roxburgh Park). trains may terminate/originate at Broadmeadows
- 13.41 Minor and clearing.
- 14.05 Major delays again (an equipment fault near Broadmeadows). Consider alternative transport for local trips Essendon - Broadmeadows.
- 15.02 clearing.  trains may terminate/originate at Essendon or Broadmeadows.
- 15.27 Major delays again (Roxburgh Park and Broadmeadows faults).
- 16.05 clearing.
16.33  Sunbury line: Major delays (an equipment fault near Tottenham).  Trains may terminate/originate at intermediate stations. 
- 17.30 clearing
18.21 Major delays (police near Frankston).
- 18.23 clearing.
Buses replace trains North Melbourne - Upfield from 20.35 until the last train (maintenance works).
Sunbury/Craigieburn/Upfield lines: All trains direct to/from Flinders St from 21.00 until the last train (maintenance works).  From loop stations, take a train from pfm 2 to Mebourne Southern Cross.

Tues.18.1.22 Melbourne 'Herald Sun'. Transport/Traffic Notice AUSTRALIA DAY 24 to 26 January 2022
Street closures and changed traffic conditions - Melbourne CBD
24-25.1 La Trobe Street. Entry of install vehicles. Parking taken out on La Trobe Street from King Street to William Street. TIMES 6.00am — 6.00pm
26.1 Full closure of William Street between Dudley Street & La Trobe Street. Local access allowed to access Franklin Street, Dudley Street and A'Beckett Street. A'Beckett closed at Queen Street. 7.00am — 10.00pm
26.1 Speed reduction and parking bay closure in La Trobe Street between King Street and William Street. 7.00am — 10.00pm
26.1 La Trobe Street closed between King Street and William Street. 8.00pm - 10.00pm
26.1 William Street full closure northbound from Little Lonsdale Street. Local access closure from Lonsdale Street. 8.00pm -10.00pm
27.1 La Trobe Street. Entry of install vehicles. Parking taken out on La Trobe Street from King Street to William Street. 6.00am - 6.00pm
ALTERATIONS TO PUBLIC TRANSPORT - MELBOURNE CBD TRAM SERVICES WEDNESDAY 26 JANUARY. There will be no impact to public transport services arising from the event or the street closures.
CYCLISTS Cycle paths will be impacted by these closures and cyclists are encouraged to find alternative routes.
Australia Day Victoria www.australiaday.vic.gov.au [9651 9368]
City of Melbourne www.melbourne.vic.gov.au [9658 8008]

Construction pain for Cheltenham, Highett property owners revealed in new Suburban Rail Loop maps.  Matt Johnston January 24, 2022 138 comments  [just the opening few reposted]
New maps show the true scale of disruption residents and businesses will feel in Cheltenham and Highett as the Suburban Rail Loop is built.
video: All you need to know about the Suburban Rail Loop The Suburban Rail Loop is set to transform how Victorians travel around Melbourne
Hundreds of homes and businesses stretching across 1km of Cheltenham and Highett face years of disruption while a new underground rail line is built.
A Cheltenham station is planned as the first stop for the $34.5 billion Suburban Rail Loop, and will be built across the road from Westfield’s Southland Shopping Centre, on Sir William Fry Reserve.
The wider footprint of the project’s impact has been laid bare in planning and environment documents released last month, however.
Over the coming days the Herald Sun will reveal the full extent of the chaos to be caused around Glen Waverley, Clayton, Burwood, Box Hill and Monash.
Maps show “project land” is defined as beginning on Bay Rd in Highett and running east through to Chesterville Rd in Cheltenham.
Work will be undertaken across the breadth of that land “at some point”, the government says — although this could include minor works or underground works.
The Andrews Government last year said no homes would be acquired for construction, due to the station being built underground, but four businesses would go.
Concept designs for the Suburban Rail Loop station at Cheltenham have been released.
Short term vibration and noise will directly impact 50 homes and 20 businesses, with temporary road closures and construction chaos to affect hundreds more.
Suburban Rail Loop Authority has promised to work “closely with local communities and councils to manage the impact of construction”.
There will be 4.3 hectares of open space affected at Sir William Fry Reserve but the Suburban Rail Loop Authority has promised to relocate a skate park popular with local children and teens.
Construction will take six years, with the pay-off once the project is finished with a doubling of local employment in the precinct expected by mid-century.
Sir William Fry Reserve, where a Suburban rail loop station is planned near Bay Rd (bottom), across from Southland Shopping Centre. Pic: Supplied
A journey on the new line between Cheltenham and Clayton will take less than 10 minutes, slashing current travel times by about 25 minutes.
Charlie Rimmer, who is regional manager centre experience at Scentre Group, which manages Southland Westfield Shopping Centre said that the “Suburban Rail Loop will be transformative for the city of Melbourne and what it can offer in the future”.
“For Westfield Southland, the introduction of the station at Cheltenham means greater connection between our centre and the broader community – bringing with it a stronger inflow of visitors from beyond the local area,” he said.
“We’re looking forward to seeing the Suburban Rail Loop come to life and being part of the community engagement process.”
As part of the project, an overpass will be built across Bay Rd to link the SRL station to Southland and its current station that is part of the Frankston Line.
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* All good building a rail loop which was needed 10 years ago How about getting ride of the rail way Crossing at Highett and Wickham rds
* Well, there's no business case so there's so stats on the first supposed positives you mention. As for the third, there is absolutely no case for proposing and building white elephants to simply provide "construction" jobs. Note the Nth/Sth Pipelne, the Desal Plant, the tram line to Vermont South - the tram to nowhere, the Monash freeway link up that Kirner built, complete with traffic lights, the west/east debacle. All they're doing is bolstering their election prospects by over paying the workers on the taxpayers dime.
* Today's engineers simply can't cope without total destruction of anything in their way.
* has soil testing been carried out on the reserve land? The whole site was once covered in huge gas/oil tanks 
* what percentage of the State is benefiting from this railway?
* The whingers will always whinge. You can't make an omelette unless you break a few eggs.
* Let me rephrase, you can't destroy a state unless you blow the the entirety on ego driven white elephant infrastructure
* Yep EW link
* Can't have infrastructure if you dont have governments willing to spend to build it for future generations 
* When will Andrews and his hopeless government start doing something for Regional Victoria and not just suburbs. We pay taxes too.
* Yes but no where near as much 
* your kidding ?
* Doing heaps in my regional centre well done Dan.
* I just hope who ever is in charge of the numbers remembers to carry the 1. Had enough of all these massive project blowouts.
* With funding from China?
* Gee just image if overseas cities like London, Paris had the same approach as many negative Victorians what their rail would like now.  Well done the Victoria. 
* This is so badly planned it’s scarey ….still no rail from Rowville area who have waited so long …doesn’t even make sense , let alone no business case….how about finishing the big builds first ..
* Yes, but those projects weren’t managed by the Andrews Labor government whose major projects run over time and over budget.
* Just imagine if Labor put as much planning and as many brains into it as cities like Paris and London did.
* It would be worthwhile doing it.
* Go back in history there were always people complaining, but give it a few years people use it and it is appreciated.

Mon.24.1.22 Melbourne 'Herald Sun'.  New suburbs.
THREE new suburbs will be created in Melbourne’s north and east after the state approved plans for more than 15,000 new homes.
Proposals for new residential areas in Craigieburn West, Shenstone Park and the former Lilydale quarry site have all been approved by the Victorian Planning Authority.
Each area has its own plan, developed in consultation with local councils, on how they will be established sustainably.
Craigieburn West will have a new town centre and several parks connecting the suburb’s existing green areas, while Shenstone Park will be an em ployment hub connecting to Donnybrook station.
The former Lilydale quarry will be redeveloped into a residential area close to existing shops and schools.
All three projects have been fast-tracked under the Andrews government’s plans to stimulate the economy as it recovers from lockdowns, with about 6000 jobs to be created.
“We are speeding up the delivery of new housing and employment in Melbourne, to meet the needs of a growing population and provide homes and jobs,” Planning Minister Richard Wynne said.

Mon.24.1.22 Melbourne 'Herald Sun'.  SRL.  MATT JOHNSTON
TERTIARY and research institutions in the path of the $34.5bn Suburban Rail Loop warn its current design risks damaging sensitive equipment, buildings, and even their reputations.
Monash University has led the charge attacking the SRL East project’s Environmental Effects Statement, saying it has not properly considered the potential hit to the university’s learning, accommodation and research buildings during construction.
The university, which would get a new underground station to the north of its Clayton campus when the 26km tunnel opens in 2035, says the EES lacks detail on tunnelling that “will affect the University’s ability to operate, and meet its longer-term strategic goals”.
Concerns about the effect of the project, which would link Cheltenham to Box Hill via six stations, have been revealed before EES public hearings next month.
And this week the heraldsun.com.au will reveal details of construction chaos expected around stations at Cheltenham, Clayton, Glen Waverley, Monash, Burwood and Box Hill.
Suburban Rail Loop Minister Jacinta Allan vowed that project construction would begin this year, paving the way for 8000 jobs and “more than just a rail line”.
Monash University’s EES submission reveals it has had “detailed discussions” with the SRL Authority on potential alternative alignments for the tunnel, but “none of those are referred to in the EES”.
It says there is inadequate acknowledgment of the loss of a 120-place childcare centre and l0l student accommodation beds due to acquisitions, while a 938-student accommodation block and a Bioresources building could suffer from poor air quality.
“The University considers that these impacts will also cause reputational damage and weaken its position in the competitive tertiary education market,” it says.
“The most that can be said in this regard is that the Project provides the potential to be a city-shaping Project with the possibility of future benefits; equally however it provides no certainty that this potential will be realised and also raises the possibility of future disbenefits.”
Other submissions, including from the nearby CSIRO, also take aim at the lack of detail in the EES, saying it may need specially built buildings to house sensitive equipment such as electron microscopes.
Suburban Rail Loop Authority chief executive Frankie Carroll told the Herald Sun that “although we’re mostly working underground, for a project of this size some impacts are unavoidable”.
“We are doing everything we can to carefully manage construction in these built-up areas to keep community disruption to a minimum,” he said.
MELBOURNE’S world-class scientific and medical research centres deserve all the support they can get.
Given their importance as hubs for breaking new ground in technology and treatments across a huge array of disciplines, ensuring they continue to lead the way and attract the best research talent is essential.
But today, the Herald Sun reveals several of these institutions have expressed serious concerns about the effect the massive suburban Rail Loop project risks to their buildings, equipment and reputation.
The footprint and current design of the $34.5 billion Suburban Rail Loop risks damaging sensitive equipment, affecting the accuracy of their readings and may even affect building structures, according to Monash University.
Monash has criticised the SRL East project’s Environmental Effects Statement. The university, which would get a new underground station to the north of its Clayton campus, says the EES lacks detail on tunnelling effects, a position shared by Deakin and CSIRO, the latter saying it may need to build special buildings to house electron microscopes.
Similar concerns were made by hospitals over tunnelling for Melbourne Metro.
Such concerns must be addressed with critical stakeholders — important research work and confidence cannot be undermined.

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