Bentleigh, transport

Bentleigh/Mckinnon/Ormond grade separations: Lots of detail

To their credit, the state government is initiating Stakeholder Liaison Groups for the level crossing eliminations to happen across Melbourne. The first of these covers the three Bentleigh area crossings: North Road, Ormond; Mckinnon Road, Mckinnon; Centre Road, Bentleigh. It's convened by local MP Nick Staikos, and members include representatives from local traders, schools, community groups a

Home life, Toxic Custard newsletter

Future triffid in the garden?

I got my hot water heater replaced with a solar boosted unit 7 years ago when the old one died. The tank includes an overflow pipe, out of which small amounts of water sometimes drop. Because it's only a small amount of water, I made no special arrangements for it. It drops straight onto part of the side footpath and (theoretically at least) drains away. After a little while, I noticed so

Toxic Custard newsletter, transport

Can an industry insider be a “Community Representative”? #PTV

Public Transport Victoria (PTV) has some new board members from July 1st, announced by the minister last week, and among them is a new appointment to the role of Community Representative. What is the Community Representative's role? Unfortunately the legislation is pretty vague about this, simply saying: the Minister must appoint a person who is a community representative to be one of th


Next gen trains are coming – what can we expect?

We're starting to learn a lot more about the proposed next generation of trains for Melbourne's suburban rail network -- known in the biz by the acronym "HCMTs" -- High Capacity Metro Trains. The rolling stock strategy released in May had some detail -- and more has been revealed by an Expression Of Interest document put out last week -- I've managed to get a copy. So here's what we know abo