Monday, October 30, 2006

Just a minute...!

I'm back for a couple of weeks but won't bother with the daily updates again just yet. But I have to comment on the changing of "my" train from 07:14 to 07:13. Apparently they shifted it one minute earlier for some bizarre reason. It still goes out from Flinders Street as the 07:35 Williamstown, so why the change?

But the timetable was updated several weeks ago, and not only are the SMS cancellation messages still calling it the 07:14, but on the few times I've caught it the platform announcement called it the 07:14 too. And of course it's never come in any earlier than 07:14 on the few occasions I have caught it.

So what's that change all about? Answers on a postcard, please...

6 Comments:

Blogger Brian the Garden Gnome said...

Check out today's age (9/11) page 17. Article titled 'Mussolini got the trains to run on time. Why can't we?"

I can't find an online version (yet) but it's an interesting perspective on how the government (and for that matter the opposition) have no incentive to do anything about Melbourne's PT network.

09 November, 2006 17:14  
Blogger Brian the Garden Gnome said...

Wait.

Found it


http://www.theage.com.au/news/kenneth-davidson/mussolini-had-timely-trains-why-cant-we/2006/11/08/1162661751945.html

09 November, 2006 17:15  
Anonymous Sam said...

I've noticed the same thing on the Frankston line - a few trains have been moved a minute earlier for some reason. Not sure why as they are still sardine packed and unable to cope with the demand.

A shame that the Libs are throwing fluff promises at the problem. Who cares if students travel for free, we still need improved capacity on the network and I haven't heard any party commit to that. Perhaps Labour can come up with an equally unhelpful election promise, like perhaps Free Lollipop Day once a year (if they win they can then come out and say there is no such thing as a free lollipop and charge all the commuters for them)?

Sam

10 November, 2006 11:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, so you know the trains never run on time. Complaining about it makes you feel special. Maybe if you could "be" on the train instead of "thinking" about what time it "should" have left you would be a happier traveller. Trouble is then you might not need to need to have your own web site about it any more. All the best.

16 November, 2006 09:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Peter Batchelor is gone from the PT portfolio. Let's see if Lynne Kosky is more responsive.

29 November, 2006 17:21  
Blogger The Met said...

*Sigh

Yes I have returned, though more unconcerned, and uncaring about you sods complaining about our network.

Anyhoo:

Sam - I have to agree, sure the gov't can cut costs for payers, and make it possibly free for some, but, it still doesn't immprove service frequency and reliablitiy.

Lolliypop? - Well, "transport for free" days are Christmas and New Years Day - so from all the metlink folks Merry Christmas and a delayed new year.

Lynne Kosky and success - only time can tell.

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OK - I might ad some of 2007's news today. It could be another year of shambles and consequence.

>Myki - Ticketing to be introduced.
>Zone 3 - YES! It will be abolished
>Transport Franchises (Yarra Trams/Connex) expire

Absulutely not much signs of any more trains, or major works as of yet.

Regards,
The Met

30 December, 2006 01:59  

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