Posts Tagged ‘transport’

Closing roads to remove level crossings

There are many ways to remove a level crossing – with closing the road being the easiest. An example can be found in Terang, a town of 1,800 people located on the Melbourne-Warrnambool railway line in south-west Victoria.

Former Simpson Street level crossing in Terang

Passengers stuck waiting at pedestrian crossings

One point often missed regarding level crossing is that rail passengers also get stuck waiting at them – leaving them stuck on the wrong side of the tracks and missing the train they were trying to catch. An example of this is Yarraville station, as I found a few years ago.

Crowd of passengers abandoning the platform at Yarraville, after an announcement that no trains were running

When did Melbourne stop building new level crossings?

Removing level crossings is the current flavour of the month in Melbourne, as the continuation of a long and close process to separate road and rail traffic, but it raises a question – how long since the last brand new level crossing was built on a greenfields site?

Down Upfield train crosses the Gaffney Street level crossing at Batman station

Myki and penny pinching bus passengers

A few weeks ago I asked the question – How far is Myki making you walk? Turns out many think that selling a tickets onboard public transport is a needless luxury, and that forcing users onto direct debits or online purchasing is a perfectly acceptable replacement. That might work for some, but public transport is […]

V/Line trains and door faults

A few weeks ago Melbourne newspaper The Age ran a piece titled “‘Distressed’ V/Line passengers open train doors after becoming trapped in Ballarat-line train” – so what is the story here?

Confused passengers try to board an overcrowded V/Line service at Sunshine in evening peak