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I notice the information screens at Nth. Melbourne Station have also changed to be marginally easier to read.

Still well below world standard though.
Kind of surprised that the platform screen design used at Flinders Street station hasn't trickled down to the rest of the network at all. Still on a testing phase or something?
 

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Came across the image. Anyone have any info as to whether all the Comeng Fleet are getting the new screens?

Shame they've retrofitted the existing housing though, kinda makes them even harder to read.
Only the 58 disk braked comeng units are getting the upgrade.

All part of this:
https://www.railexpress.com.au/dti-wins-contract-to-upgrade-melbournes-comeng-fleet/
 

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Quite a nice map, great work he’s done.

Though one thing I’m not sure, how has he decided on the “trunk routes”?

Why are the 811 & 812 trunk routes, whilst the more frequent and direct 828 isn’t?

Others I would definitely regard as “trunk”.....
246
555
556
732
733
767
.... and I’m sure there’s others that are generally regarded as major comparedto the rest.
 

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Came across the image. Anyone have any info as to whether all the Comeng Fleet are getting the new screens?

Shame they've retrofitted the existing housing though, kinda makes them even harder to read.
I notice the information screens at Nth. Melbourne Station have also changed to be marginally easier to read.

Still well below world standard though.
Metro is putting brand new technology on some of Melbourne's oldest trains, to give passengers a better idea of where they're going. @andrew_lund #9News https://t.co/kjFZrk8nxH

https://twitter.com/9NewsMelb/status/1205753699932368896
 

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Was anybody thinking of using public transport to go to the Boxing Day sales today?

https://twitter.com/Transdev_Melb/status/1209992629531766784
Transdev Melbourne @Transdev_Melb

26/12 - R903- Due to Heavy traffic around Chadstone Shopping Centre services towards Mordialloc will be bypassing Chadstone Shopping centre . Passengers are advised to make their way to stops on Warrigal Rd and join services there. Apologies for inconvenience
11:21 AM · Dec 26, 2019
https://twitter.com/Transdev_Melb/status/1209897863179841537
Transdev Melbourne @Transdev_Melb

26/12/19: Due to congestion from Boxing Day sales, Route 903 will not service DFO Essendon from first service Thursday 26 December to first service Friday 27 December. Visit the website for stops not serviced during this time: http://ow.ly/7MFo50xBKAI
5:05 AM · Dec 26, 2019
Route 903 is the only public transport service at all to DFO Essendon, so no wonder that traffic congestion was forseen when they were deciding not to attempt actually running it on the busiest shopping day of the year :nuts:
 

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^^

And for Chadstone, the advice for reaching the 903 towards Mordialloc wasn’t to take the 900 or 742 or 800 or 802 or 804 or 862 to Oakleigh and change.

No, you’re advised to lug all your Boxing Day shopping all the way to Warrigal road, cross the road and find the nearest stop :bash:
 

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What will it take to get Melburnians to catch the train to the beach?

I came through Mordialloc this afternoon, where there was some kind of fun fair, and the parking was chockers. A joker in a near-new Passat blocked Beach Rd. northbound waiting for someone to leave a kerbside parking spot; I was first behind him, but suspect traffic behind me queued across the car park entrance, compounding the problem. Many people will have gone away disappointed, unable to park. For those who don't know, the station is about 300m away.

It's beach weather, and despite the smoke Edithvale beach (which I live near) was also very busy, with people parking in side streets, crossing two major roads and the train line, and walking. And no, they didn't have loads of stuff with them. The station is, of course, right there.

The Frankston line is running today, frequency 10 minutes in both directions.
 

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What will it take to get Melburnians to catch the train to the beach?

I came through Mordialloc this afternoon, where there was some kind of fun fair, and the parking was chockers. A joker in a near-new Passat blocked Beach Rd. northbound waiting for someone to leave a kerbside parking spot; I was first behind him, but suspect traffic behind me queued across the car park entrance, compounding the problem. Many people will have gone away disappointed, unable to park. For those who don't know, the station is about 300m away.

It's beach weather, and despite the smoke Edithvale beach (which I live near) was also very busy, with people parking in side streets, crossing two major roads and the train line, and walking. And no, they didn't have loads of stuff with them. The station is, of course, right there.

The Frankston line is running today, frequency 10 minutes in both directions.
Things might change with the SRL - suspect many of those driving are from areas a long way from Caulfield where a meaningful interchange can only take place these days. SRL Phase 1: anyone living south of the Yarra will have a 2 train interchange (a faster/more direct route to the bay) - and if everything runs on max 10 min frequencies, the convenience factor of a car might start to look a little old.
 

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What will it take to get Melburnians to catch the train to the beach?

I came through Mordialloc this afternoon, where there was some kind of fun fair, and the parking was chockers. A joker in a near-new Passat blocked Beach Rd. northbound waiting for someone to leave a kerbside parking spot; I was first behind him, but suspect traffic behind me queued across the car park entrance, compounding the problem. Many people will have gone away disappointed, unable to park. For those who don't know, the station is about 300m away.

It's beach weather, and despite the smoke Edithvale beach (which I live near) was also very busy, with people parking in side streets, crossing two major roads and the train line, and walking. And no, they didn't have loads of stuff with them. The station is, of course, right there.

The Frankston line is running today, frequency 10 minutes in both directions.
Definitely a Melbourne thing.

A friend of mine had a German exchange student staying. It was one of those disgusting 30 degree overnights and I was there on Sunday Morning. The exchange student said she was getting up at 7am for an early trip to the beach (from a place on the rail network).

We all just laughted. Not in Melbourne. She couldn't believe there was no public transport.
 

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Grew up in Reservoir drove to Chelsea every summer. Too long on public transport including the train change in the CBD. 1 Hour house to beach with car then out to dinner in Port Melbourne or St Kilda Afterwards with a group of friends then back to Northcote for a gelato then home. All much easier with a car, also always had umbrellas, beach chairs and eskys, again easier with a car.

Always trained to work in CBD.
 

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Definitely a Melbourne thing.

A friend of mine had a German exchange student staying. It was one of those disgusting 30 degree overnights and I was there on Sunday Morning. The exchange student said she was getting up at 7am for an early trip to the beach (from a place on the rail network).

We all just laughted. Not in Melbourne. She couldn't believe there was no public transport.
What are you talking about? You can catch multiple trams to the beach, it's a few minutes to St Kilda from the city. The train takes you to Williamstown Beach, Sandringham Beach, Brighton Beach, Mentone Beach, Mordialloc, Chelsea, Bonbeach, Seaford and even Frankston if you're feeling adventurous. I catch the train to the beach, then have dinner or lunch in the city all the time.
 

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I once thought about taking the train to the beach, hoping to get there about 8 or 9am on a nice Sunday. On the Mernda line, to get into the city around 7:30-8am it is 1 hour and 10 minutes between trains (better than a few years ago I guess). I think driving wins out.

You could almost go from Penrith to Bondi Beach in the time between trains (where trains are coming every 15 mins from before 4am Sunday).
 

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1hr and 10min interchange time? The fact that the Sandringham line has a 20min frequency on a public holiday makes it difficult for me to believe you.

Total trip time on PT to arrive at Brighton Beach Station from Mernda station on a Sunday is 1hr34min. In a car at the same time, 1hr5min.


I don't understand the complaint at all!?
 

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1hr and 10min interchange time?
No, that is the service frequency.

The trains arriving from the Mernda line at Flinders St on the standard Sunday timetable are: 6:46am then 7:58am. That is a 1 hour and 12 minute gap between services. Have a look through the timetables.

Depending on origin and destination, travel times are not necessarily terrible. Mernda is a nightmare to get to by road, so the comparison is not as bad as the train takes also a very direct route. Unfortunately the train frequency is abysmal.
 
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