After the complete system wide failure of the Melbourne train network on the 13th of July where all vehicles were brought to a stop for over an hour in the middle of the evening peak, Metro Trains quickly back pedalled on their original position of not refunding all passengers and were widely quoted in the press as promising a refund to customers who used the system during that shutdown. Their promise was “within 30 days”…. Continue reading Metro Trains time distortion
It started with a group of teenage boys absorbed in their socialising and forgetting about the other passengers on the trains needs to get in and out of the doors, but then as suddenly as they arrived they seemed to disappear, until the scratching noises from behind the door… Continue reading Senseless Destruction
Of course the memories are in photo form to fit the blog and actually of the more interesting St Kilda Road which is the focus of the station and public transport in Melbourne. With recent mutterings of possible changes to the area it pays to look back at what has been and the slow evolution of the space. Continue reading Flinders St Station fronts History
Returning to dysfunctional infrastructure, and the novel pedestrian crossings used on Australian railways. This example represents the highest level of protection offered to pedestrians at intersections with railways, with the recent upgrade of this crossing ratcheting that up another notch in the interests of mollycoddling the public. Continue reading Saving Crawling Babies
In the closing weeks of the Federal Election campaign we can review the positions on transport the political parties are promoting (or not) as they try to convince us to part with our votes. Interestingly not all the parties include a position or policy on transport despite it regularly creating several single issue parties for voters to consider.
Here is the cheery face of the loutish gentleman who refused to consider that a bicycle might be placed in a very specific way. Beginning by making it personal and asking the carriage simply “who’s bike is this?” which did not elicit an response, so he took it upon himself to reposition the bicycle to give himself more space on the seat. Continue reading Grumble Bum
Train platforms are not a typical location for shared traffic zones but in a spectacular display of inconsistency such a designation has been applied at Toorak Station. Likely in support of the adjacent building works pedestrians are warned they are sharing the space with trucks. Continue reading Inconsistent Risk