Thursday, September 21, 2006

In town for a while...

Seems a few Perth people are optimistic of one or both of their teams playing in Melbourne on the last Saturday of September. Consequently Qantas are gouging these misguided footy fans $1,800 for a one-way across the Nullarbor! And of course that means anybody else who's travelling at that time is up for similar fares. When's the ACCC going to have a close look at this duopoly?

Anyway, this situation rules out travel to Perth either side of the Grand Final weekend so I'll be spending the longest stint in months at home. And that means the longest run of Connex travel in months too - how will I cope? Well since you asked... they have cancelled my 07:14 train twice this week!

I vaguely wondered out loud recently whether Connex had improved to the extent that I didn't feel the need to air my whinges any more. A few weeks of regular use will answer that question I suppose. So far I'd be thinking we'll pick things up again in a month or two...

And Freo, you have no chance Friday night - Swans for back-to-back premierships!

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Delays on the sandi line "for a good chunk of time" according to a connex spokesperson.
What kind of public statement is that!

22 September, 2006 11:01  
Blogger vlinewhinger said...

Welcome back CW! at least for a while!

VW. ;-)

24 September, 2006 18:33  
Blogger The Met said...

heh heh heh...

Well anyhoo - whether i reported my trip before - i was in Perth and Adelaide for a short time.

CW - living the high life with Perth's transport system - highly efficient, and most of all - cost me nothing!\

Though i do have doubts whether we have the actual capacity to run services.

Adelaide only provides free bus - whereas Perth have FTZ (Free Transit Zone).

something to keep people busy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4yWNpY7rxM

(copy+paste)

the everyday transport woe...

12 October, 2006 20:54  
Anonymous Andrew said...

Hi

I have just started back on the trains again after a short break and it was good to see that Connex havent improved - same sh*t, different bucket.

Though I was amused at Nth Melb station to hear the announcement that Connex congratulates us on making the smart choice of using their trains. Mmmhhmmmm...do you think someone should tell them that they have a monopoly and there actually isnt any choice on which train company that Melbourians can use?

One can only guess at the qualifications required to become Connex management!

13 October, 2006 10:49  
Blogger The Met said...

andrew - perhaps ever though who or what the direct competitor to Connex is?

well let me tell you;
they usually have 4 rubber wheels, produce a lot of pollution, have effected the worlds temperature levels, kill more than 100 people per day, and are used highly ineffectively...

guessed yet? - well its the car!

so in general - the slightly smarter choice is connex.

13 October, 2006 21:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee sounds like nothing has changed with Connex (no Surprise). Hopefully the network will be slighty better when I return next July for a 6 mth stint but I dont hold my breath on that.

What gets me with the video footage is that it proves the network/railcars cannot handle existing numbers so therefore funding should increase.

Transperth have the beauty of having spare rail cars so during peak periods on the Northern line which fills up 3 stations in they are able to run the spare railcars down to the next set of stations to clear the logjam of passengers so to speak.

Works in Perth why not elsewhere. Plus Transperth increase the lenght from 2 cars to 4 and 3 to 6 to cater during peak demands and run more frequently as a former Contractor to Transperth we timed trains and one section during peak a train ran past us every 90 seconds heading into the city.

Never seen that with Connex with my 4 months at Cheltenham.

14 October, 2006 15:25  

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