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transport

Bentleigh station isn’t finished

Now that we’ve finished talking about names of yet-to-be-built stations, let’s talk about some recently built ones. Last Saturday a steam train ran to celebrate a year (and a bit) since the new Bentleigh/McKinnon/Ormond stations re-opened, following level crossing removals. K153 leads a Steamrail special into McKinnon pic.twitter.com/6XISB3b2t1 — Metro Man (@The_Rail_Life) November 25, 2017 […]

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transport

The metro tunnel stations will be called…

So the Metro tunnel station names will be, from south to north… Anzac (working name Domain) — located more-or-less underneath the Shrine of Remembrance, of course. (The Shrine Trustees didn’t want the word Shrine used, by the way. I wonder how they feel about Anzac. Given the usual tight control over the name, I assume […]

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transport

8 minutes to Southland

After many years of waiting, Southland station finally opened this morning, with an official ribbon cutting, attended by Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan, MP for Bentleigh Nick Staikos, MP for Mordialloc Tim Richardson, and PTV head Jeroen Weimar. Southland station is now officially opened, with trains stopping there from early this morning. pic.twitter.com/f6gUU0Oz4I — […]

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Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from November 2007

Bentleigh area peeps: the steam train is back tomorrow (Saturday 25th November)! Steam trains this Saturday: Caulfield, Ormond, Mckinnon, Bentleigh, Moorabbin. 🚂 pic.twitter.com/fHTqBE4RrE — Daniel Bowen (@danielbowen) November 22, 2017 Meanwhile, here’s another of my sets of ten year old photos, this time from November 2007. The month started with a quick trip to Adelaide. […]

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transport

Is it time to buy a Yearly Myki fare?

Generally every January, public transport fares in Victoria go up. This year it’s expected to be a 4.3% rise — this is CPI of 1.8% 2.8% (for the year to September), plus a 2.5% 1.5% rise that was first announced by the Coalition in December 2013, to be implemented in January 2015-2018, and dutifully followed […]

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transport

Would you want a spaghetti junction in your neighbourhood?

In a plan that takes the popular level crossing removal program but flips it on its head, the State Coalition have announced they will grade-separate 55 road intersections around Melbourne if elected in 2018. (Reports: ABC / Age / Herald Sun) Here’s an animation created by the Coalition: And here’s the list of intersections announced […]

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driving transport

Cyclists on the footpath

I described this on Twitter the other day, but I’ll expand on it here. I was heading out in the car on Saturday afternoon. Got in, beeped, looked behind me, slowly backed-out of my driveway. BANG! A cyclist riding along the footpath with his dog (roughly at running pace) collided with my car. I stopped, […]

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Consumerism

ATMs are free – but not all of them

Believe it or not, sometimes I blog about things other than transport. If you want to look purely at transport posts, try this link. Commonwealth Bank (CBA) announced on 24th September that all their ATMs were free for use by customers of any Australian bank. The same day, the rest of the Big 4 scrambled, […]

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transport

Southland station, about to open – at last!

Southland station is almost here — it’s scheduled to open on November 26th. At last! The centre has been getting ready Importantly, a more direct pedestrian path, including zebra crossings, has been provided from the centre entrance to the railway station. Bravo! Wayfinding signage inside the centre already points the way to the station. Paid […]

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Toxic Custard newsletter transport

“Step-free” doesn’t mean DDA-compliant

All of Melbourne’s suburban railway stations have step-free access to the platforms. Except one: Heyington. To get to either platform involves steps. Heyington is set into the side of a hill. From the street you go down some steps to the citybound (“up”) platform. Or if you want the outbound (“down”) platform, that’s down some […]