Why the Frankston line should come out of the Loop until 2025

I'm sorry to go all Neville Shunt on you and drone on about railway timetables again, but I'm going to do it anyway. In an ideal metro system, that is a rail network designed to maximise capacity and frequency, one of the key things is to separate the busiest lines so they don't share tracks. Melbourne has been making that transition, but it's time for the next step. With that in mind, l


Trains: has there been progress in ten years?

Sometimes it's easy to be cynical. Progress in public transport can be slow. But there is some progress. I found this from May 2007 -- it was an email from me to a local politician who had asked about public transport issues in the southern suburbs of Melbourne. I'll intersperse my original points with some comments about progress in the past ten years. This focuses mostly on the Franksto

Toxic Custard newsletter, transport

Station codes: yes, FKN is the code for Frankston

From time to time I'll refer to the Frankston line on Twitter with the abbreviation FKN. I'm not just trying to get a cheap laugh. Well okay, perhaps I am, but what people might not realise is that's actually the official station code for Frankston. Good morning #Bentleigh. They're not lying about the 30 minute delays. #MetroTrains #FKNLine— Daniel Bowen


Using Myki to calculate how late my trains are

I have a Zone 1 Yearly Commuter Club Myki, so I don't normally need to touch-off, but I have been doing so, in order to gather data on train punctuality. Each trip is recorded, with its start and end station, and the time down to the exact second, and can be viewed via the Myki web site. Over the past month or so (43 trips) I've fed this information into a spreadsheet, and compared it to the sc

Politics and activism, transport

Did these trains lose Labor the election?

Among the 12 (or more) seats lost by Labor in Saturday's election were four in Melbourne's south: Frankston, Carrum, Mordialloc, and Bentleigh. What do these have in common? The Frankston line. The Frankston line is the poorest performing in Melbourne. While overcrowding has eased since the June timetable change, punctuality is the worst in the city. In the past 12 months, just 71.2% of trai


New Dandenong/Frankston timetables

The new timetables started yesterday, but this morning is the first big test of the peak hour changes. As I've already noted, while most lines get a tweak, the Caulfield lines get a big shake-up, especially Frankston. As the number of trains running has increased, more have had to bypass the four CBD loop tunnels. Alamein and Blackburn have done so for decades. Sandringham trains switched in