Here’s one of my regular posts of photos from ten years ago.
Back when nobody had heard of social distancing, on State Budget day 2010, we all crowded around to do the post-budget media scrum, where stakeholders queue up to give comments for the cameras and microphones. That year included the E-class trams, and new outer-suburban railway stations. Hmmm my summary also notes funding for more Premium Stations – I assume those got rolled-back by the Baillieu government.
There was a push at the time for Clearway hours to be extended. The Bridge Road traders weren’t happy about this, though I’m not sure why they protested opposite Flagstaff Station. Perhaps it was linked to the adjacent Federal Court. That’s future Liberal member for Prahran (2010-2014) Clem Newton-Brown on the right.
A Metro poster for timetable changes which took effect in June 2010, and cleaned up a mess of stopping patterns, making better use of track capacity.
Some people didn’t like that the changes removed two express trains from Bentleigh, though in the longterm it doesn’t seem to have harmed patronage.
The Melbourne Bike Share scheme started in May 2010. It lasted not quite 10 years, shutting down in late 2019.
Brake problems were still an issue with the Siemens train fleet. Part of the response, until they finally got it sorted out some years later, was speed restrictions approaching level crossings.
Little Bourke Street – note the Myer building renovations in the background. As part of Myer vacating Lonsdale Street, they demolished the art deco Lonsdale House to build Emporium.
Footscray station’s then new overpass – before they realised it didn’t have space for the two additional Regional Rail Link tracks, so partly demolished and rebuilt it.
The “Transit Lounge” at the bus interchange at Chadstone. They didn’t go out of their way to make it inviting, did they. Not the most pleasant place to wait for a bus, but out of the weather at least. It’s since been replaced by the new bus interchange opened in 2015.