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Old July 19th, 2008, 02:56 PM   #181
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Southern Cross Station from the street outside: I think the architects intended the roof to appear to float like this:



Inside, looking back to overhead walkway from which some of the previous photos were taken. A rather quiet Saturday afternoon: the foremost train of platform 6 has just arrived from Ararat.



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Old August 28th, 2008, 12:10 PM   #182
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In the corresponding Ozscrapers thread, it has been mentioned that a press release has been issued with the names of the shortlisted companies for the tender to operate the network.

The remaining companies/consortia are:
  • Veolia transport (current operator)
  • Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) - Hong Kong's MTR, UGL Rail and John Holland
  • KDR - Keolis and Downer EDI Rail
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Old September 1st, 2008, 02:27 AM   #183
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Keep the updates cominig guys. I've been far too lazy!
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Old September 12th, 2008, 11:31 PM   #184
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OK,

since this thread is meant to be about "Melbourne's Train System", I'll keep it there.

Notable developments in the next month (October 2008) are:
  • through running of Werribee (SW) traffic through Southern Cross to Flinders St., avoiding the City Loop
  • constant clock-wise traffic from the NE lines (Epping & Hurstrbridge) avoiding cross-over of traffic in the morning.

Incremental to this is the development of new interchange stations at North Melbourne, Footscray & Richmond. North Melbourne comes first:



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Traffic on some lines has escalated 30-50% per annum: some here say it is just because the fares are set too low.
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Old September 13th, 2008, 09:49 AM   #185
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Yardy, those timetable changes are happening in November, not October.

Werribee will only be running direct in peak hours - idiots. Nothing is happening at Richmond, and your local Footscray will eventually have it's bridge replaced.

Most patronage growth has been on peak hour services to and from the CBD (which 15% of Melburnians visit per day). Not surprisingly, only 8.6% of motorised trips are made on public transport, car travel makes up for more than 90% of trips.
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Old November 1st, 2008, 08:18 PM   #186
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Well, those timetables are only a week away.

For the International Milieu, what is probably the most significant development over the past few months ... North Melbourne Station.

Few people live here (I did once myself, and so did my daughter), but it's signficance lies mostly as a junction an an interchange junction. Apart from the suburban traffic, about 90% of regional traffic flows through here.



This station now has eight as yet non-operational escalators. A new station loby is being constructed at their upper ends. Access to platforms is provided from the other end of the platforms, from where the photo was taken. A friend of mine "in the know" has indicated that the new structure has been designed to extend over an additional pair of tracks.

The timetable changes referrred to above will result in approximately 21 metro trains running in each direction directly from Central Melbourne (Flinders Street) each peak directly to the south-western suburbs, and an equivalent number travelling in (someone will contradict me here, some already ran directly to Williamstown). These trains will run through the right-most platforms here (5&6). Some regional traffic to SW Victoria flows through these platforms as well.

The whole reason for this is to "decouple" the south-western suburban traffic from the remainder of the western traffic: by isolating it from the underground city loop. Hence the escalators and lifts, to enable relatively easy transfer. At the old end of the station, there are just good old, old-fashioned ramps.
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Old November 7th, 2008, 08:33 PM   #187
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Remarkable what they're doing to North Melbourne Station.
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Old December 8th, 2008, 11:47 AM   #188
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Big news for Melbourne's train network with a new underground line cutting beneath the city from Footscray to Caufield being announced today as part of the States $38 billion transport plan. Also major infrastructure upgrades and rolling stock purchases.

See here for details
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Old January 19th, 2009, 10:41 AM   #189
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One upon a time, these ticket desks would have been very busy but have since been superseded by automated ticketing. There also used to be a very cool airport-style display with the flipping characters which has since been replaced by functionally superior but less cool LCD displays.


X'Trapolis train at Flinders St station
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Old January 31st, 2009, 05:33 PM   #190
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Thanks for the pics invincible.

There's been a huge failure of Melbourne's train system this week as the city struggled through it's hottest week on record.

Obviously some serious investment is neccesary.

From The Age.

Train system completely off the rails
Clay Lucas
January 31, 2009

CHAOS descended on the rail network last night, capping one of the most disastrous weeks on Melbourne's trains in decades.

The rail system's operator, Connex, cancelled more than a quarter of all services, with at least 500 of the day's 2000 scheduled services not running.

Many lines — and, at one point, the City Loop — were shut down mid-afternoon because of train breakdowns, lines buckling in the blistering heat, or power blackouts.

Buses were not provided in some cases, leaving people without any means of getting home.

The Opposition demanded that Premier John Brumby explain why at least 1300 train services were cancelled this week.

But little explanation was forthcoming from the Government as it pushed much of the blame back on to Connex and the Rail, Tram and Bus Union, which are bitterly divided over what is causing the mass cancellations.

Mr Brumby yesterday tried to blame the heatwave and a range of other issues for train cancellations.

But the Premier would not be drawn on whether the Rail, Tram and Bus Union had been involved in an industrial campaign to shut down the network.

"There's a range of factors. And that may be one of the factors," Mr Brumby told ABC radio when questioned about the union's role.

The union is close to the Government. Its secretary Trevor Dobbyn, who has not returned repeated calls from The Age this week, is senior vice-president of the Victorian Labor Party.

Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu yesterday demanded that Mr Brumby make public the reason for every cancellation this week.

"If I were Premier I would immediately require the reason for every cancelled train to be made public — immediately," Mr Baillieu said.

The Transport Department did not release information it held on why trains were being cancelled.

"They have the information," Mr Baillieu said. "Make it public so we don't go through this charade of who's to blame and what went wrong with the cancelled trains."

Connex yesterday stepped up its campaign to blame the union for the mass cancellations.

Connex officers took members of the media on a tour of a train at the Newport rail yards, where they said a "faulty" train that has not been in service for weeks had not run because of small stickers on the carriage's interior.

Rail union locomotive division secretary Brian Hill said the train was not running for safety reasons. It had failed three brake tests, he said.

Mr Hill said Connex's tactic of blaming the union was laughable.

"It's not a bad tactic by Connex — they have to blame someone and they have blamed everyone but themselves."

Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky would not respond directly to the claims by Connex.

Her spokesman, Stephen Moynihan, would say only: "Connex and the unions need to come to an agreement because it is unfair on commuters."

Ms Kosky has so far been silent on what she is doing to sort out the increasingly bitter division between Connex and its workers.

The dispute threatens to further disadvantage public transport users next week. It is understood crisis meetings are under way between Connex and the union.

The Victorian Council of Social Service said it was an outrage that buses had not been supplied to some stranded commuters.

It demanded better for public transport users.

"We are in a heatwave, everyone understands that, but nobody should accept that a system should break down to this extent," spokesman David Imber said.
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Holy crap, it's like Day After Tomorrow coming soon. While in the States, many states are declaring an ice storm a state of emergency, 1.5 million homes out of power, numerous deaths. What is the world coming to?
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Holy crap, it's like Day After Tomorrow coming soon. While in the States, many states are declaring an ice storm a state of emergency, 1.5 million homes out of power, numerous deaths. What is the world coming to?
Who are you blaming? Remember who's the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases?
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Old February 1st, 2009, 04:14 PM   #193
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Old February 27th, 2009, 05:45 AM   #194
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Southern Cross Station is one of Melbourne's central stations, the other being Flinders St which I posted pictures of in my last post.

Here is a photo of the suburban platforms during the afternoon peak.


The Elizabeth St entrance and clock tower of Flinders St station. You can't tell from this picture, but the station building is one and a half city blocks long.


And this is what happens when someone gets taken out by a train. Oakleigh station in suburban Melbourne, about 3pm.
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Was it a suicide?

What do they say in the announcements when there's a suicide here? "human error"?
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Old February 27th, 2009, 09:28 AM   #196
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Was it a suicide?

What do they say in the announcements when there's a suicide here? "human error"?
I think they say "passenger action" in Britain. Lovely euphamism.
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Old February 27th, 2009, 10:14 AM   #197
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The announcements use the euphemism "incident" here, which conveniently encompasses almost everything that might cause a delay in services.
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I think they say "passenger action" in Britain. Lovely euphamism.
In Scotland they just say it bluntly like: "All trains to ? cancelled due to a fatality at ? station."

No euphemisms here.
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I've always appreciated how upfront the Scots are

I remember someone got hit at Dandenong station one day, half an hour before I turned up to Toorak station to get the train to work. to be honest there weren't many cancellations due to it, but trains were canceled on the line past Dandenong. They did announce that trains would be delayed to to a 'passenger incident' or some such terminology, so it was obvious what had happened.
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Old March 1st, 2009, 12:33 PM   #200
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The term "fatality" is used too - I guess it's up to the circumstances (accident vs suicide) and the preference of whoever's making the announcement.

Weirder things have happened in the past anyway. I remember last year or thereabouts, trains had to stop running on all the Burnley and Caulfield lines because someone was discovered wandering around on the tracks near Richmond.
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