“A More Connected Melbourne – Provide an integrated transport system connecting people to jobs and services and goods to market” Is found in Chapter 3 of Plan Melbourne. I really like this brief and ambitions it holds. Below, I’m going to propose a completely innovative response to this brief that could future proof Melbourne as a connected and livable city.
My insight came when I was traveling from Geelong to Melbourne on a V/Line train. Our train pulled into Southern Cross Station. Once all the passengers left the train, I looked up at the monitor and I noticed a different route was listed. It was traveling to another destination. So, obviously, some efficiency can be gained when a train doesn’t need to turn around. Trains should just keep on rolling.
So how do we get all the suburban trains to follow this principle and keep moving. My gorgeous suggestion below.
• All northern and western suburban trains terminate at Southern Cross Station. Then they are rerouted to eastern and southern suburbs. Note they avoid the city loop.
• All southern and eastern suburban trains terminate at Flinders Street Station. Then they are rerouted to northern and western suburbs. Note they avoid the city loop.
So how do people move around the city loop you might ask?
• A connector loop train around the CBD that uses the existing city loop. We just need three modifications.
A clock hands can typical move clockwise or anti clockwise. The connector loop trains could do the same when they move around the city loop. All the CBD train stations are connected and directly link to the suburban train. Now, the trains don’t need to race the clock to meet targets. Instead they can smash clock with over servicing.
With higher frequency connector loop trains in place, maybe the demands on the underground platforms and subways are reduced. Maybe, from the loop train system the lower level platforms and train subway network can be upgraded. So now you have opportunity. It is time to future think and upgraded the city loop subway to be more efficient and sustainable. Maybe the answer can be found with magnet technology. This technology can currently be found on rollercoaster and super-fast futuristic trains. Both machines can create a controlled super-fast take offs, soft slow down with little ground resistance. This technology would greatly enhance the speed to get around the CBD and help better connect to the suburban train network. Also the connector loop train would ensure a big smile of your face.
Once this magnet system technology is operational in the lower tunnel, what could you do with the top platform and subway? Imagine the upper level subway transformed into an underground bicycle and shared path network. You could get from one side of the city to the other side without any traffic lights. Just need to add some more programs to make it super cool. I’m thinking an underground pub, or a underground food safari or a tunnel market. I’m sensing a new blog topic, so please stay tuned. However, if the critics say, it is not warranted, I don’t want to encourage people into a tunnel and it is not safe! Then let’s upgraded the upper level with magnet technology as well. So finally the upper level might go clockwise and the lower level might go anticlockwise. Super efficient connector loop trains to meet future cities growth.
Many problem solved with three simple elements. If all this happens as my blog states, then we will get a truly ‘Connected Melbourne’. It is now time to board the train and roll out this discussion. I’m going to do the timetables on this topic.