8 minutes to Southland

After many years of waiting, Southland station finally opened this morning, with an official ribbon cutting, attended by Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan, MP for Bentleigh Nick Staikos, MP for Mordialloc Tim Richardson, and PTV head Jeroen Weimar. Southland station is now officially opened, with trains stopping there from early this morning.— Vicsig (


Southland station, about to open – at last!

Southland station is almost here -- it's scheduled to open on November 26th. At last! The centre has been getting ready Importantly, a more direct pedestrian path, including zebra crossings, has been provided from the centre entrance to the railway station. Bravo! Wayfinding signage inside the centre already points the way to the station. Paid parking (if you stay beyond 3 hour


Southland paid parking starts soon

Southland Shopping Centre introduces paid parking on Monday 16th October. But before you reach for the pitchforks, it only applies if shoppers stay more than three hours. You get the first three hours for free, with an extra hour if you're going to a movie. Beyond that, it's basically $3 per additional hour. It uses number plate recognition, so if your stay is free, or you've pre-register

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New timetables on 27th August, as Southland Station nears completion

New public transport timetables kick in on August 27th. Last week (or maybe it was the week before), PTV released details, including full timetables for the routes affected: Metro: More trains at peak times V/Line: More choice with more services Altona Loop users rejoice! (A bit) There will be no more Altona Loop shuttles. Weekday Altona Loop services will run through to Flinders St.


After years of inaction, great to see progress on Southland station

Last week on Facebook the Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan published this great photo (along with a couple of others) from Southland Station under construction: Over the weekend of 5-6 November when the Frankston line was closed, they put the pedestrian subway into place. On Facebook the doubters continue to... well, doubt the usefulness of the station, to which I will say (at the

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Southland station: now expected to open 2017

I remember when Labor and the Coalition both pledged to build Southland station. It was 2010. I told my kids, who were excited. They were 15 and 12 at the time, just the ages when they were looking forward to exploring the city and suburbs on their own, going to places like Southland with friends. Of course it was the Coalition who won the 2010 election. In 2012 I looked back at progress

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Quicker to wait for the hourly bus, or walk?

Last weekend I tried an experiment, for a PTUA video... In the highly marginal electorate of Bentleigh, having just missed the bus, is it quicker to wait for the next service, or walk to Southland? Given walking speeds and a five kilometre distance, perhaps the answer (at least for reasonably fit, able-bodied people) is obvious... More frequent weekend buses is easy. Most of the bus f


“People should be able to choose their mode of travel”

"RACV has a very clear view that people should be able to choose their mode of travel and not be confronted by artificial policy directions that constrain particular modes of travel... -- RACV spokesman Dave Jones, Herald Sun 9/12/2013 Yes, it'd be awful if artificial policy directions prevented people choosing their travel mode. Policy directions such as transport provision skewed almost


Frankston line – has train punctuality really improved? Well yes, but…

I noted this tweet from my local state MP, boasting of improved punctuality on the Frankston line since she and the Coalition came to power in November 2010: Frankston line punctuality in Nov 2010 86% & Aug 2013 93% =7.6% improvement. Vic Coalition delivering 4 #Bentleigh &Frankston line commuters— Elizabeth Miller MP (@EMillerMP) September 17, 2013 But are these two figures reall

Photos from ten years ago

Photos from ten years ago – September 2003

By September 2003, I was using the digital camera a little more. Yum yum yum -- doughnuts at the Queen Victoria Market One for the gunzels -- trains in the yards outside Spencer Street Station (click here to see it bigger) Here's one showing the old Spencer Street building... I think those who complain about the new station have forgotten just how dumpy it was (though the subway was v