Posts Tagged ‘wasted money’

Upgrading Melbourne’s railway network in the 1970s

Recently I came across a 1973 Bureau of Transport Economics report titled “Review of Public Transport Investment Proposals for Australian Capital Cities“, which listed 16 upcoming public transport projects for Melbourne. But five decades later, how many of these projects actually went ahead? South Kensington – Footscray railway quadruplication In 1973 work on this project […]

Dunny drama at Diggers Rest station

This is a tale of big dollars being spent on an upgrade Diggers Rest railway station, and the public toilet that has never been used. The ‘upgrade’ Once upon a time Diggers Rest station was just a wayside stop on the outskirts of Melbourne. Locals were served by V/Line trains headed for Bendigo. Until 2011 […]

Windsor station and another political promise

A few years ago I wrote about Prahran station and a pitiful political promise, that saw both sides of politics got into a peculiar fight – promising an additional exit at local railway station. Fast forward to the 2018 State Election, and it happened again at Windsor – the next station along the Sandringham line. […]

Reopening the second entrance at Lilydale station

Political meddling in the provision of additional entrances to Melbourne railway stations is a topic I’ve covered before, and here is yet another example – the reopening the second entrance at Lilydale station. Some history Once upon a time Lilydale station had two entrances – the main one at the city end towards the main […]

V/Line spending big on rail replacement taxis

When trains aren’t running V/Line passengers are used to being packed onboard replacement buses, but there is an even more expensive mode of substitute transport that V/Line makes regular use of – taxis! I first became aware of it years ago when a mate who uses a mobility scooter tried to travel to Seymour on […]