#Trainageddon: What can be done to reduce and better deal with disruptions?

First I knew of last night's Trainageddon was when my son Isaac rang at 7pm. He and his friends were at South Yarra -- stuck. I said No problem! Catch a Sandringham line train, I'll meet you at Brighton... oh, that line's out too. Yes, a trackside fire at Richmond affected signalling, knocking out the Sandringham line between the city and Elsternwick, and the Cranbourne/Pakenham/Frankston lines


A look around the new Springvale station

The new Springvale station opened earlier this week as part of the $159 million grade-separation of Springvale Road. Yesterday I took a quick look around. Arriving on platform 2, it reminds me a bit of Box Hill, with part of the station being under the road, which means plenty of rain cover is provided. Note the low ceiling, and how close to the top of the train the overhead wires are -- it woul


Sovereign risk not an excuse for pursuing bad policy: Labor should pledge to scrap EWLink contracts

I swear I wrote most of this blog post before reading last Friday's Age article regarding contract law experts including Dr Nick Seddon. It confirmed my suspicions: Should Labor win the November state election, there is no legal impediment stopping it from tearing up the contract for the East West Link if it is sincere in its opposition to the road project, experts in contract law and public polic


JB Hifi – hope they don’t go the way of Dick Smith

I always thought it was the beginning of the end for Dick Smith Electronics when they stopped selling... well, electronics, and got into consumer goods like kettles and fridges. Now JB Hifi might be going the same way, with their JB Hifi Home operation, which has moved into some of their stores, and sells stuff online. (more…)


A new train map is coming (and: network status boards)

Update October 2014: There's a later draft PTV are trialling a new train network map. They're seeking feedback on it, and you'll see it at some stations now (Bentleigh, Malvern and Moorabbin, I think). Note, just to remove all doubt: unlike the PTV network plan, it's not a concept for new rail lines; it's a prototype of a map of the existing network. View the map larger, in a new wind


Napthine promises Airport rail

Victorians will be able to catch a train to the airport with Premier Denis Napthine today announcing that the upcoming State Budget will outline the Coalition Government's commitment to build a new rail link from Southern Cross Station to Melbourne Airport. -- Coalition Government commits to Melbourne Airport Rail Link in State Budget Really we'll have to wait for the Budget to see the detai


The government loves talking about train punctuality. Cancellations? Not so much.

For some reason, while the government have been crowing about train punctuality this week... Our record investment in PT = 23 months of punctuality above 90%. Congrats to staff at @metrotrains #springst - Tez— Terry Mulder (@TerryMulderMP) April 9, 2014 ...they haven't been talking much about Service Delivery, aka Cancellations. I wonder why not? Oh,

Retrospectives, transport

How long did it take to get into central Melbourne from your suburb… circa 1925

This is very cool. Similar to tools Jarrett Walker often talks about that show how far you can get in X minutes on public transport, here's a map prepared around 1925 or so (I'm guessing) by the Melbourne Town Planning Commission showing how long it takes to get into central Melbourne from various suburbs by tram and train (and walking). Here's the area around St Kilda and Caulfield:


Govt congratulates itself on transport. But are the stats really that good? #SpringSt

Last Wednesday in State Parliament: The SPEAKER -- Order! I have accepted a statement from Minister for Public Transport proposing the following matter of public importance for discussion: That this house congratulates the coalition government for improving affordability, safety, reliability and punctuality on public transport, and its investment in rail and road infrastructure, and notes La