transport

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

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Flinders Street Station goes Technicolour

(I'm hoping to blog about the Myki Mobile trial in the next few days, so hold those thoughts) Some time in the last few days, a subtle addition appeared on the platform screens at Flinders Street Station: a countdown to departure. This has been on other displays around the network for decades, but some clever maths was needed to get this working here, as suburban services originate here. So

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How long is a railway station platform?

Last Monday's meltdown soured the return of trains after upgrades on the Dandenong and Frankston lines - which included works for the Metro tunnel, and also power upgrades extensions to some platforms. So, how long is a railway station platform? Generally, as long as the trains that serve it, plus a bit for spare. There are exceptions, especially in regional areas of some countries, thou

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On the buses

I've been on a break at home, having a rest and trying to get stuff done around the house. Alas, this is now at an end, and while I guess I've had a rest, I certainly haven't got all the stuff I planned done. And people telling me "nobody ever does" isn't helping. My break was timed to miss most of the big south-east rail shutdown. Moorabbin (Frankston line) and Westall (Dandenong line)

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Apartments for trainspotters (part 2)

Longtime readers of this blog may recall that back in 2010 an apartment block was being advertised at Caulfield, smack bang between where the Frankston and Dandenong lines diverge. It was never built. Google Street View shows by 2014 the site was still empty, and the advertising sign was covered in graffiti. Around 2016 the site was taken over by the Level Crossing Removal Authority for use

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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

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“Step-free” doesn’t mean DDA-compliant

All of Melbourne's suburban railway stations have step-free access to the platforms. Except one: Heyington. To get to either platform involves steps. Heyington is set into the side of a hill. From the street you go down some steps to the citybound ("up") platform. Or if you want the outbound ("down") platform, that's down some steps, across a walkway, and then down some more steps. (The outb

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Trains and trams in Brussels and Belgium… any lessons for Melbourne?

My holiday blog is currently up to Brussels. In this (lengthy) post I've looked at the many types of rail transport in Belgium, and I try and ponder lessons for Melbourne. Belgian use of rail ranges from trams -- street-based and on separate alignments as in Melbourne, but also underground "pre-metro" routes -- the Metro, and suburban and long-distance heavy rail. Trams Brussels ha

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What I learnt about UK rail fares

My blog posts from our Britain and Belgium trip continue, but it wouldn't be one of my holidays if I didn't geek out on transport-related stuff. So here's a post on the vagaries of rail fares in Britain... or at least, what you need to know as a tourist. Buying rail tickets at home in Victoria is easy. For most trips you don't even buy a separate ticket, you just use a Myki card for any trip

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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.