Posts Tagged ‘wasted money’

Planning upgrades to the Cranbourne line – or lack thereof

At this moment the Cranbourne railway line is a bustling place, with construction underway on two grade separation projects, a short section of track duplication, and construction of a road bridge soon to start. But who is coordinating all of these works? The answer – nobody. Work kicks off In November 2015 the Andrews Labor […]

Metro Tunnel to deliver almost nothing to Melbourne’s west

‘More trains more often’ is one of the line being used by the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority to spruik the benefits of the new rail tunnel being built under the Melbourne CBD – but in reality it is a half-truth. With the tunnel linking the Sunbury line in Melbourne’s north-west to the Pakenham and Cranbourne […]

Did the Kennett Government do anything good for public transport in Victoria?

When most people reflect upon the 1990s Liberal government led by Jeff Kennett, they remember it as a time of ideologically driven cutbacks to public transport. However the truth is a little more complex, with one being able to argue that they were actually setting out to make improvements to the system – for better […]

Change of the (advertising) guard at Melbourne stations

Advertising to the captive audiences at Melbourne railway stations is big business, with multinational company JCDecaux having held the station advertising contract for Metro Trains Melbourne for the past few years. Their staff paste up new posters when it is time to change over the advertiser. As well as replacing the billboards inside motorised panels. […]

Photos from ten years ago: March 2008

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is March 2008. Like most months we start down at Geelong, where I found a stretch of decaying timber sleepered track on the main line to Melbourne. Despite the millions of dollars spent on the Regional Fast Rail project between 2004 […]