Posts Tagged ‘wasted money’

Measure twice, cut once at Laverton station

You’d think preventing trains from hitting a new railway platform would be easy – there are standards for how close you can build to the tracks, so following those clearances in your construction drawing, and it’ll just work. However the people who designed the Laverton station upgrades of 2009-10 somehow forgot that, leading to plenty of rework before trains were allowed to run.

Siemens stops for passengers at Laverton station, surrounded by construction

A sorry history of Victorian level crossing failures

In the past week V/Line has been in the news due to their VLocity trains failing to activate level crossings. While a concerning revelation, it isn’t exactly a new issue in Victoria – let us step back in time a little.

Yarra Street level crossing, South Geelong

Level crossings removals and car parking

As the Level Crossing Removal Project ramps up across Melbourne, there is one interesting requirement that comes up at every site – “no net loss of car parking”.

New car park on the eastern side of Thomastown station

Filthy trains and Frankston line pork barrelling

When it comes to public transport, politicians love making promises that they never intend to follow through with – but in the case of the Bayside Rail Project< on the Frankston line, the decision to actually pursue the upgrades has led to an unexpected bonus - clean trains. 'Service to Frankston stopping all stations' displayed on the PIDS of a X'Trapolis train

Melbourne trains on the open plains

Melbourne’s railway network has a special feature that most cities of the developed word don’t have – unfenced tracks running through the suburbs.

EDI Comeng on an up Frankston service approaches Glenhuntly station via the centre track