Southern Cross Station and dodgy glue

Southern Cross Station: over the past few years it seems like all they have been doing is construction work, but according to the Victorian Auditor General, the station was actually ‘completed’ on 1 August 2006. That was the day that the state government’s Southern Cross Station Authority handed over management of the station to Civic Nexus Pty Ltd, the private consortium who won a 30 year concession to operate the station.

Wide angle overview from the Collins Street concourse

Unfortunately for the private operator, the glue they chose to stick down the tactile paving has no hope of living out their 30 year long contract – I spotted the first pieces of paving starting to lift just five years in, during December 2011.

Another week, another batch of poor quality tactile paving needing to be reattached to the concourse

That didn’t seem to be the end of their troubles, as in April 2012 I found another section of paving needing repairs:

Do they stick down the tactile paving with bubble gum?

I found more in August 2012:

Yet another section of tactile paving needing to be reattached to the ground

Another chunk last week:

Still more tactile paving needing repair at Southern Cross

And now this section!

And *still* more repairs to tactile paving

Whatever glue the maintenance crews at Southern Cross Station are using, I wish they would tell me what it is, so I never accidentally buy it!

Further reading

Read more about the incompetent management of the Southern Cross Station public-private partnership (PPP) in this report by the Victorian Auditor General.

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2 Responses to “Southern Cross Station and dodgy glue”

  1. Andrew says:

    No problem. The taxpayer will pay.

    I am not sure who the contract for the construction of the Swanston Street tram stops was let to, but I think they have made it a quality piece of workmanship.

    • Marcus says:

      The platform stops on Swanston Street sure look nice, which is good, given that it took them almost six months to build each one!

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