transport

SoCross: the interchange

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have already seen this. A man rushed past on the stairs at Southern Cross. He ran down and around the corner, then doubled-back to the V/Line fare gates. My guess is he'd come from the Metro platforms. Here's a short video of what happened next. https://twitter.com/danielbowen/status/1159651864255668224 (It's only 18 seconds to play in full. You

Toxic Custard newsletter, transport

Southern Cross renamed back to Spencer Street

I wrote years ago that it was stupid to throw away 145 years of brand recognition when they renamed Spencer Street station to Southern Cross. Good news - it turns out they've just named it back! This is a great idea. The name "Southern Cross" is meaningless. "Spencer Street" is meaningful, it tells you where the station is located. Perhaps they've been planning this for a while.

transport

Subway into SoCross: could it be re-opened?

I had been going to write a blog post asking people what this thing is, on Little Collins Street. If one looks closely, it has City of Melbourne markings. The City of Melbourne and the Herald Sun have highlighted it overnight: it's an old entrance to the subway underneath Spencer Street, into the nearby station. At the old Spencer Street station, the main way on and off the platforms was

Photos from ten years ago

Photos from November 2004

Continuing my series of old photos from ten years ago... Southern Cross Station under construction. The bridge with yellow on the right is the Collins Street extension, so this must have been snapped from close to where Etihad Stadium is. Note the "Park and Ride" sign, a misguided attempt to get people to drive most of the way into the city, then catch a tram to work. This might become prevalen

Melbourne

Public space vs private property in central Melbourne

It's interesting to see that around the CBD, a subtle line is often marked on the pavement, where (I'm assuming) the publicly-owned pavement ends and the privately-owned property begins. Quite a few buildings include this kind of open space, particularly at the front, and I would assume the boundary would have legal significance. In some cases it's less subtle, where they've made no

Culture, transport

How to find the transport mural at Southern Cross Station

Before you go looking for it, be sure to read the updates at the bottom. The gigantic transport mural was perhaps one of the best features of the old Spencer Street station. By Harold Freedman, it depicts the first century of Victoria's transport -- from 1835 to 1935. It was commissioned by the state government in 1973, and unveiled in 1978. Following the rebuilding and (pointless) renam

Melbourne, Photos

End of the week pics

Pretty funny: Southern Cross Station has departure signs sponsored by Red Rooster. In part because they show less information, they actually have fewer errors than the official signs -- but beware -- it appears they don't show trains departing in less than 10 minutes (because they want you to think there's time to go and buy a snack from them). (More on these signs at Marcus Wong's blog) Int

transport

Regional Rail Link works continue

There's a good view from North Melbourne station of the works on the new Regional Rail Link line that will come in from Sunshine and the western suburbs, bypassing North Melbourne (unfortunately, with no interchange platforms) into Southern Cross. The idea is that V/Line trains will be able to bypass the suburban tracks, allowing both more V/Line and Metro trains to run. Nearby at Southern

music, TV

The Doctor catches V/Line

Spotted on Saturday after the Doctor Who/Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Symphonic Spectacular: Reports from the UK suggest Doctor Who has prompted more people to wear bow ties. I don't know if that's rubbed off in Australia, but there were certainly more bow ties and fezzes than I've ever seen around Melbourne yesterday, both at the venue (the Plenary at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition

Melbourne

Southern Cross Station as viewed from above

Before last week I'd never seen this view of Southern Cross Station. It looks quite unworldly. CL was giving me a quick tour of Media House -- as he commented, it looks like something from Dune. What you can't see from the photos (not even zoomed-in) is that some sections closest to the edge, and between the lumpy bits, are actually inflatable plastic. Presumably it's some essential part of