Public transport

May 10, 2017

Melbourne ‘fantasy rail map 2070’

Adam Mattinson's 2070 fantasy rail map incorporates almost every rail line ever proposed for Melbourne, as well as historic lines decommissioned during the 1950s and 60s

Alan Davies — Editor of The Urbanist

Alan Davies

Editor of The Urbanist

Looking 50 years ahead – Melbourne fantasy rail map 2070 (source: Adam Mattinson)

Last year Adam Mattinson showed us his fantasy rail map for Melbourne in 2047; now he’s produced a new version that looks 50 years ahead to 2070. This time he’s really put the fancy in fantasy! Adam explains:

With this map I thought it would be fun to take the major rail proposals and combine them with some of the railways that were decommissioned in the 1950s-60s, or converted to light rail i.e. recommissioning some of these lines.  

It is most definitely a fantasy map, of what might have been had we held onto a lot of those lines, and if proposals such as the 1969 Transportation plan had some money put into them. It really doesn’t represent a network that reflects the current population distribution. 

It’s got the Inner Circle (Royal Park to Clifton Hill), Outer Circle (Fairfield to Hughesdale), as well as the Dandenong-Frankston and Knox railway lines proposed in the 1969 Transportation Plan, meaning that the network is orbital (well, mostly for the east side). 

Down the south side of the city I’ve also included the Rosstown railway, and the Port Melbourne line (now tram route 109), as well as the former St Kilda line, which at one stage was proposed to continue to Elwood.  Some other former rail lines include the Red Hill and Mornington lines on the peninsula and the Healesville and Warburton lines in the Yarra Valley, all of which were decommissioned around the 60’s or so. 

A very small line known as the Mont Park asylum I’ve also included, but as a line to University Hill in Bundoora.  At some stage I believe a railway line was proposed for the transport corridor reservation that we now know as Eastlink, so I’ve thrown that in as well.

Adam says part of the appeal of cartography is thinking about the big “what ifs?”

Part of the fantasy as well is thinking how differently people of Melbourne would be moving around, how development tends to be in proximity to these corridors, and how a radial network might have played a part in decentralising Melbourne. 

Curmudgeons please note this is a fantasy map. See also Fantasy tram map 2048 Melbourne and Melbourne fantasy rail map 2047.

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7 thoughts on “Melbourne ‘fantasy rail map 2070’

  1. Jacob HSR

    Why not connect Upfield to Roxburgh Park? There is already a (disused) railway going from Upfield to Roxburgh Park.

    He is also missing a big one: The E6 outer ring road and railway going from Little River to Donnybrook.

  2. Amark

    Surely by them the system will will converted to a Hyper Loop and you will just select what station you want to get out at!

    1. Jacob HSR

      They will not even build a PRT system to go from Terminal 1 at SYD airport to Terminal 2.

      The 901/902 bus stops at MEL airport are unbelievably far away from the terminals – no wonder people hate the bus and want a train station right next to the bloody terminal.

  3. Kevin

    Amusing and thought-provoking as always.
    I think that by 2070 the Cranbourne line will extend further SE than just Clyde.

  4. Itsumishi

    OOoohhh la la, the new tunnel even has a stop at South Yarra. ‘Mykro’ chips are also a nice touch, but I have a feeling the state will have given contracts to at least 3 more incompetent technology companies to develop new ticketing systems that will take 5 years each to get to the ‘relatively functional’ stage with complete re-branding and steep passenger learning curve each time, before 2070 rolls around. (I kid).

  5. MarkD

    Almost perfect. Too many stations with car parking, especially those with good access to connecting PT–Jewel, Brunswick, Anstey, Kooyong, Hawthorn, Elsternwick, East Richmond.

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