Posts Tagged ‘Southern Cross Station’

Public Transport Victoria fixing the small things

You don’t need to wait for a billions of dollars to drop from the sky to improve Melbourne’s public transport – making small tweaks to existing services and infrastructure can often make things a little better, and for far less money. Unfortunately for us, Public Transport Victoria seems to have misread the memo – as I found the other day.

Main 'PTV Hub' on the concourse at Southern Cross Station

Southern Cross – the non-integrated interchange

As the hub of the V/Line network, Southern Cross Station is supposed to be an important interchange between suburban and regional trains. However Metro Trains Melbourne and V/Line don’t like to make it easy for passengers, as these recent changes on the Bourke Street Bridge show.

Bourke Street bridge rather empty

Motorail – loading cars onto a train

‘Motorail’ is a service provided on a handful of long distance trains in Australia, allowing passengers to bring their car along for the ride. So how do they get the cars on and off the train?

Motorail wagon AMRZ 240B with four cars

Vision impaired and the green button

A few months ago I first looked at the uselessness of the green buttons that provide timetable information at stations, but at Southern Cross they did things a bit differently, with braille text being added alongside the normal instructions. However all is not as it appears…

Timetable information / emergency assistance intercom on the suburban platforms

Southern Cross Station’s new Water Tower Clock

Last week a new clock was unveiled at Southern Cross Station – not a brand new one, but a 130 year old ‘Water Tower Clock’ that was originally installed at Flinders Street Station. A nice piece of heritage restored – but unfortunately the motives behind it are less than pure.

Restored Water Tower Clock now on display on the main concourse