Posts Tagged ‘wasted money’

Selling off parkland on Buckley Street, Footscray

Parkland has become a hot button topic in the inner Melbourne suburb of Footscray, with 2016 seeing members of the local community lobbying state and local government to allow surplus railway land to be turned over to the public as open space, and not sold for development. But on Buckley Street the government is doing something even more shameful – selling off former parkland as a development site.

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