Posts Tagged ‘wasted money’

V/Line’s fourth train for Albury – has anything changed?

For almost a decade V/Line’s service to Albury has been a complete and utter joke – marked by three years of full time bus replacements for track upgrades, followed by a revolving door of track and train faults pushing passengers onto buses yet again. The government has promised the public that they are doing something about it, by introducing a fourth train set, but has anything actually changed?

N457 leads power van PCJ492 and carriage set SN8 on the up Albury service at Albion

Poor planning replacing the City Loop lifts

All infrastructure eventually wears out, and in the case of Melbourne the thirty year old lifts in the City Loop have come up for replacement. However the planning of these works leaves a lot to be desired.

Lift linking Flagstaff station to the street closed for total replacement

Who builds what rail infrastructure in Melbourne?

All across Melbourne there is finally some progress being made on new rail infrastructure – level crossings removals, a new tunnel under the CBD, track duplication to Heidelburg and Melton, and an extension to the suburban network to Mernda. So who is building it all?

Still finishing off the platforms at Ginifer station

Who are level crossing customers anyway?

At level crossing removal projects around Melbourne, ‘customer parking’ signs abound. But who are these ‘customers’ and why do they need parking?

'Alternative Customer Parking' notice at Blackburn station

Why is Melbourne’s rail control centre so vulnerable?

Last week Melbourne’s rail network ground to a halt after the main control centre was evacuated due to a false alarm – the latest in a growing list of similar outages. So why is Melbourne’s rail control centre so vulnerable to these kind of issues, when other cities seem to keep on ticking?

Alstom Comeng crosses the Cremorne railway bridge over the Yarra, with the CBD skyline behind