transport

The ups and downs of escalators

It's not your imagination. Some City Loop escalators are running slower in peak hour. Normally: Fast in peak, slow off-peak Normal practice (for decades now) is to run the Loop station escalators at a reasonable clip during peak hour, and set to slow down outside peak. This is pretty annoying for many of those catching trains at off-peak times. Why slow them down outside peak? It's not c

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Something missed at PSO training? Stand on the left!

The first Protective Service Officers started duty tonight at Flinders Street and Southern Cross Stations. They may not be the best solution to public transport security, but I'm sure passengers will welcome them, and wish them luck. Yes, PSOs get less training than police. That's because they have more restricted powers (limited to railway stations and surrounds), and more restricted duties (t

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Now there’s no excuse for not standing on the left of the escalators going into Parliament Station

Now there's no excuse for not standing on the left of the escalators going into Parliament Station. Surely nobody could miss this new signage. Mind you, "exit promptly" doesn't really apply when you're on your way in. But full marks to Metro for addressing this problem here... now if they can get prominent signage into the rest of their stations that have escalators... and get the escala

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At last, escalator signage

Years ago there were "Stand on left / Walk on right" signs on the escalators at Melbourne's underground stations. They disappeared about ten years ago. While regulars know the etiquette, newbies and occasional users don't, which causes frustration for those in a rush, particularly outside peak hours when the escalators (for some reason) run at an excruciatingly slow pace. Now, at last, some