Posts Tagged ‘wasted money’

Myki machine ‘upgrades’ – PTV sets a low bar

After years of being underwhelmed by myki, exceptions are low whenever Public Transport Victoria announces an ‘upgrade’ to the system – however this one takes the cake.

Myki reader sits beside a myki machine at Deer Park

Victoria’s sham ‘new station name’ contests

There seems to be an ongoing theme every time a new railway station is built in Victoria – fake community engagement with a station naming contest.

VLocity VL32 and classmate pass the future Caroline Springs station on an up Ballarat service

Cardinia Road’s new level crossing

With a program of 50 level crossing removals planned for Melbourne, with many of them already underway, one would assume that the last thing that the government would be doing is building NEW level crossings. But yet again, a lack of planning is seeing money go down the drain – this time at Cardinia Road on the Pakenham line.

Siemens 791M  and 787M cross Cardinia Road, bound for the city

V/Line’s vandalism problem at Albury

Vandalism is a problem that rail operators across Victoria have to deal with, but the spate of graffiti attacks on V/Line trains at Albury station take the cake. Browsing the archives of The Border Mail shows the extent of the problem.

N464 ready to lead the train back south from Albury

Esoteric upgrades to the Ballarat railway line

In the 2016/17 Victoria Budget, the State Government has allocated $518 million for upgrade works on the Ballarat line, making the railway system more reliable and marking room for more train services. Track duplication and building additional crossing loops is simple, but some components of the upgrade are a little esoteric.

VLocity 3VL38 departs Ballarat on the down