This is my fantasy rail map for Melbourne.

Melbourne Fantasy map

It incorporates a lot of the proposals put forward in the PTV Network Development Plan, some suggestions from others,and some additional thoughts of my own.

In summary:

  • The Network Development Plan proposals are included: Conversion of Regional Rail to a Geelong line, Melton line, Wallan extension, Mernda extension, Doncaster and Rowville lines, changes to loop services, Metro rail tunnels.
  • The City Loop is no more. All services are untangled through the city, with no single line travelling the traditional loop.  The four loop tunnels serve two bi-directional routes (the Maroondah and Port Phillip lines). The Melbourne Metro tunnel serves a single line (Metropolitan), with a second Metro tunnel incorporating the new Victoria line.
  • Two Metro tunnels – the currently under construction Footscray – Hawksburn tunnel and the new Fishermans Bend tunnel from Newport to Merri.
  • Every line traverses the city (except the Knox Valley line) and combines two existing lines, or becomes a new line.
  • The single-seat journey is over. Connections between lines become more common.
  • A new Inner Urban line means that outer suburbs are covered by dedicated express services. Outer services no longer serve stations between Richmond, Caulfield and Camberwell, or West (North) Melbourne, Altona and Williamstown.
  • An orbital network serving cross-town lines. It’s not possible to travel around town on one service, but each line connects to another, usually the next line around.
  • Changes to the Glen Waverley line, splitting at East Malvern to divert via Chadstone to Rowville. The Alamein line becomes the new Glen Waverley line.
  • Station rationalisation. Some stations, usually those very close geographically to another station (or tram). A few stations are relocated, replacing two nearby stations.
  • Lines:
    • M1: Inner Urban: Altona Loop/Williamstown – Newport – Footscray – Southern Cross – Richmond – Oakleigh/Ashburton.
    • M2: Maroondah: Southern Cross – Parliament – Richmond – Camberwell – Ringwood – Lilydale/Belgrave.
    • M3: Metropolitan: Sunbury/Melton – Footscray – Parkville – Domain – Caulfield – Dandenong – Cranbourne/Pakenham. Extension to Warragul.
    • M4: Port Phillip: Craigieburn – West Melbourne – Parliament – Richmond – Caulfield – Frankston – Baxter. Stony Point and Mornington as extensions.
    • M5: Yarra: Southern Cross – Flinders Street – Jolimont – Clifton Hill – Fairfield – Doncaster/Macleod – Bundoora/Greensborough -South Morang/Eltham. Eltham – Hurstbridge as separate shuttle.
    • M6: Hume and Bay: Wallan – Craigieburn – Upfield – West Melbourne – Southern Cross – Flinders St – Richmond – South Yarra – Sandringham.
    • M7: Maribyrnong: Melbourne Airport – Essendon Airport – Highpoint – West Melbourne – Southern Cross – Flinders St – Richmond – Burnley/Camberwell – East Malvern/Ashburton – Oakleigh/Glen Waverley – Rowville.
    • M8: Victoria: Wyndham Vale – Werribee – (Avalon extension) – Newport – Fishermans Bend – Docklands – Spencer St – Flagstaff – Parkville – Northcote – Lalor – Aurora/South Morang – Roxburgh Park/Whittlesea.
    • M9: Corio Bay: Southern Cross – Footscray – Sunshine – Deer Park – Wyndham Vale – Lara – Geelong – Waurn Ponds.
    • M10: Knox Valley: Ringwood – Heathmont – Wantirna – Knox – Rowville – Endeavour Hills – Doveton – Carrum Downs – Frankston.
    • M11: Airport Link: Southern Cross – Footscray – Sunshine – Melbourne Airport – Broadmeadows/Campbellfield.
  • New stations:
    • Corio Bay (Geelong) Avalon Airport;  Black Forest; Sayers; Truganina; Ravenhall;
    • Victoria Line (Werribee) Bulban; Glen Orden; Point Cook; Kororoit;
    • Metropolitan Line (Melton) Toolern; Mt Atkinson;
    • Metropolitan Line (Sunbury) Calder Park; Harpers Creek;
    • Inner Urban Line (Altona Loop) Altona Meadows;
    • Airport Link Line Melbourne Airport;
    • Maribyrnong Line (Airport West) Airport West; Essendon Fields; Niddrie; Aberfeldie; Maribyrnong; Edgewater;
    • Hume and Bay Line (Upfield) Wallan; Beveridge; Donnybrook; Mt Ridley; Campbellfield; Fawkner(moved);
    • Victoria Line (South Morang) Somerton; Aurora; Edgars Creek; Whittlesea; Yan Yean; Doreen; Mernda; Hawkestowe; Marymede; Thornbury (moved); Merri Crossing
    • Victoria Line (Metro Tunnel 2) Fishermans Bend; South Wharf; Docklands; Spencer Street; Queen Victoria; Carlton; Fitzroy; Wellington;
    • Yarra Line (Bundoora) Mill Park; University Hill; Bundoora; Kingsbury; La Trobe;
    • Yarra Line (Hurstbridge) Allendale;
    • Yarra Line (Doncaster) Talbot; Belford; Bulleen; Manningham; Doncaster;
    • Maroondah Line (Lilydale) Cave Hill;
    • Maribyrnong Line (Alamein/Glen Waverley) Hartwell (moved);
    • Maribyrnong Line (Rowville) Chadstone; Monash University; Mulgrave; Waverley Park; Rowville;
    • Knox Valley Line (Frankston-Ringwood) Wantirna; Knox; Scoresby; Tirhatuan; Endeavour Hills; Eumemmering; Abbotts; Bangholme; Carrum Downs; Belvedere; Pines Forest;
    • Metropolitan Line (Cranbourne) Hampton Park; Casey Fields; Clyde;
    • Metropolitan Line (Warragul Extensions) Nar Nar Goon; Tynong; Garfield; Bunyip; Longwarry; Drouin; Warragul.