Bentleigh, transport

Plain concrete to be replaced by art

This coming Saturday the new Bentleigh, McKinnon and Ormond stations are hosting a "family fun day" featuring a steam train. Should be... well, fun. Edit: Here's the steam train timetable: (Hopefully they've checked if steam trains are okay climbing the higher-than-usual 2.5% (ish) gradient heading north out of Ormond station! I'd assume so, given the 2% standard is a relatively new requir

Bentleigh, transport

Small wins: 703 bus to be improved

Apologies for this very much locally focused (and possibly over-long) blog post: The main bus route through Bentleigh (both the suburb and the highly marginal state seat), the east-west 703 along Centre Road, is getting a slight upgrade. It doesn't seem to have been announced yet, but eagle-eyed timetable watcher Craig Halsall spotted it: on Sundays it will finally run the entire route to Br

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Bentleigh Uniting Church takes a stand

Many around Australia would know of the Gosford Anglican Church, thanks to Father Rod Bower and his famous signs. A couple of weeks ago this sign appeared at the Bentleigh Uniting Church. It now seems to have disappeared in favour their more usual list of events. It pleases me to see messages like this. Immigration, and the mandatory detention of refugees, is a difficult issue. I'm not go

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The chains of Bentleigh

My local suburb is increasing in density, and (not entirely disconnected from that) it's also interesting to see how the retail strip is doing. The shopping centre has grown around the railway station, which is still the epicentre, though the east side of the tracks is where most of the busiest shops are located. The chain stores (often referred to as "anchor tenants") have maintained their

Bentleigh, Melbourne

Bentleigh getting denser – and that’s fine by me

With Ormond likely to get its tower (whatever the height might be), what of other nearby suburbs? The transition is already underway in Bentleigh and many other areas. Around the station, numerous developments are going up. And in principle, I have no problem with this. Melbourne's population continues to grow. People have to live somewhere, and placing them close to jobs and services a

Bentleigh, transport

Frankston line: the big dig

So this is what it looks like when hundreds of millions of dollars worth of infrastructure gets built rapidly in your neighbourhood. Here are some photos and video of the first week of major works on the Bentleigh/Mckinnon/Ormond level crossings. (Click any photo to view it larger at Flickr -- or click here to view the entire album of photos as a slideshow.) The end result will be three s

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Impact from road and rail shut downs

We survived! Ten days of bustitution is over... well, almost. Just to be clear -- because some of the information is either vague, misleading or missing: The Frankston line is running again, including to Bentleigh station. Bentleigh station will close for demolition and rebuilding in June. But Mckinnon and Ormond stations are closed and demolished. There are still buses for them every 5

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A little Bentleigh history has been uncovered

I love a bit of local history, even if it's fairly recent. For my fellow Bentleigh peeps -- as part of the level crossing removal project, the old underpass into the station has been partially uncovered. It looks to have been a similar layout to Mckinnon: steps straight to the street, as well as a (probably non-DDA-compliant) ramp parallel to the tracks. The underpass was fill

Bentleigh, transport

Level crossing removals progressing

On Thursday the state government announced two more level crossings in their first term batch of 20: Scoresby Rd and Mountain Hwy, either side of Bayswater station. This provides some interesting challenges due to the adjacent train maintenance facility, which presumably can't be moved. The press release notes: They [the crossings] will be removed through a combination of lowering the rail line