Posts Tagged ‘Metro Trains Melbourne’

Perils of design when rebranding a train

In August 2009 the Victorian Government was announced that Connex Melbourne would be dumped as the operator of the Melbourne suburban rail network, replaced by Metro Trains Melbourne. Rolling out a new look The government released a flashy video alongside the media release, featuring an X’Trapolis train bearing the new Metro corporate image. Back in […]

Ten years since Connex left Melbourne

Remember when Connex ran suburban trains in Melbourne? November 30 marks ten years since they left Melbourne, and Metro Trains Melbourne took over the operation of the suburban rail network. The fall For years the state government had been underinvesting in rail infrastructure, leading to debacles such as the 2008 Oaks Day failure: Connex did […]

Express trains and Melbourne’s suburban sprawl

A common refrain from some public transport activists is the “Melbourne’s trains used to carry more passengers in the past – so why can’t management do the same today”. But there is an explanation for this – the introduction of express trains to carry peak hour commuters from far flung suburb sprawl to the Melbourne […]

Extending the third track from Box Hill to Ringwood

Passengers on the Lilydale and Belgrave lines get the most express services of any line on the Melbourne rail network, thanks to the separate ‘express’ and ‘local’ tracks that run between Box Hill and the CBD. So what work would be needed to extend the track further east to Ringwood? Some history Originally built to […]

What does $2.1 billion for the Sunbury line get?

In the 2019/20 Victorian Budget a total of $2.1 billion was allocated for upgrades to the Sunbury line, in preparation for the new High Capacity Metro Trains set to run via the Metro Tunnel by late 2025. So what does that money get you? Digging deeper First stop – the 2019/20 State Budget papers: New […]