Over the past few months I have been following the progress of work on the Regional Rail Link project – the one thing that stuck me as odd was the vast proliferation of diesel generator sets at the site offices along the route.
When you look up the word ‘hub’ in the dictionary, you get this:
A place or thing that forms the effective center of an activity, region, or network.
Public Transport Victoria seems to have missed the memo, as they managed to create two hubs, right next door to each other!
If you have passed through Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station recently, you have probably noticed a lot of construction going on as you try to find your way to the platforms. So what is going on?
Welcome to Buckley Street in Footscray. Located near Middle Footscray station, just south of the railway line that links the city to Sunshine, the houses on the north side of Buckley Street have been compulsorily acquired by the State Government to make way for the new tracks that will be built as part of the Regional Rail Link project. Running a bulldozer through a suburb might sound like a one off, but the current railway through the area was built in just the same way.
Meet Southern Cross Station: a now familiar landmark for all Melburnians. Her early years were difficult as she had a bad reputation to shake off, but after a few good years, it appears that her masters want to drag her name through the mud again.