“Nobody wants long lengths of rail hanging three stories in the air. It will provide an ideal canvas for vandals, a shadowy wasteland underneath, a platform that will disperse rail noise further and negatively impact on amenity of our bayside suburbs,” Ms Peulich said.
“People expected level crossings to be undergrounded, like at Springvale Road, Burke Road, and many others. Labor is going for the cheap option.“
A suburban train needs at least 800m to go up over a road, a flat 400m for a station and 800m to go down again. The removal of crossings at Bonbeach and two in Carrum present a design challenge.
“Imagine what Carrum and Bonbeach will look like. The rail will have to be elevated from Argyle Ave in Chelsea, through Bonbeach, over the Patterson River, through Carrum, and down to Kananook Creek. The houses, shops and cafés along there will be in shadow,” Ms Peulich said.
In the Labor Party’s Project 10,000 election platform documentation, Mr Andrews said: “In many cases, the most effective way to remove the traffic bottle neck at a level crossing is to redirect the rail line underground beneath the intersection. This approach is often the best way to maintain an appropriate level of amenity for surrounding residents and businesses.”
There were no references to elevated rail in Labor’s election documents.
Ms Peulich has developed a petition on the topic that has already been signed by thousands of people. The petition is available at IngaPeulich.org