Posts Tagged ‘then and now’

Airline CEOs and reciprocal first class travel

I’m currently reading the 1987 book Struggle For Take Off: The British Airways Story by Duncan Campbell-Smith, and the start of chapter 4 contained an interesting anecdote about Sir Freddie Laker, founder of Laker Airways – free first class air travel on any airline!

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

Flagstaff station and weekend services

Flagstaff station is an oddity on Melbourne’s rail network, being the only station not to be open to passengers on the weekend. So how did it end up in this situation?

Flagstaff station all locked up for the weekend

Melbourne Central’s missing myki machine

At the tram stop outside Melbourne Central Station, there is a black and yellow striped plywood box sitting where the myki machine used to be. So how long has it been missing for?

'Bumblebee' box marks where a Myki machine used to be at the tram stop outside Melbourne Central Station

What happened to Metro’s station staff promise?

Back in November 2009, Metro Trains Melbourne took over the operation of Melbourne’s suburban rail network, and bringing with them a long list of promised improvements to the system. So how well has their promise to improving staffing levels fared?

Metro Trains Melbourne 'You'll be seeing more station staff' poster from early 2010 still in place