Sunday, May 27, 2007

Kosky bereft of ideas?

Seriously, is this the best she can offer? What hope is there for Melbourne's commuters?

We recently had the fanfare when nine services were added across all lines in peak times. As Paul Mees said - "The system now carries 600,000, so adding 7000 extra spaces a day is 1 per cent," he said. "Patronage has gone up 18 per cent. To respond to that massive rise with this is not quite meeting our public transport challenges." Does this cloth-eared nuff-nuff have any understanding at all about our public transport systems? Is she even qualified to be involved at all in the Connex contract renewal decision? I'd suggest not.

Now the latest revelation is this mob was warned nearly a year ago that the system was in crisis, so why weren't our new trains ordered then? Oh, I see, Batchelor was in charge - how convenient for the nuff-nuff. All they had to do was head down to one of the loop stations in peak hour to see what the problem was!

Anyway, on to the CENN's proposal to deal with this issue... change all the schools' start and finish times. Honestly, that's her answer! Don't worry about the huge impact that's going to have for people who have arranged their lives around the current school times. Unbelievable!

Anyway, don't forgot the meeting this Thursday, details below.


Blogger Carolyn said...

Yes it's pretty pathetic, and I really don't notice a huge difference between term time and school holiday time on my trains anyway - the same number still get cancelled, and it's just as hard to get a seat on the ones that do run. We need a new signalling system, more trains, and better maintenance & security so there are less trains out of service each day, before we even THINK about stupid ideas like changing school times. The state government has been pushing for population growth the entire time it has been in power - now it's time they acknowledged the responsibilities that come with that policy and FIX THE INFRASTRUCTURE.

28 May, 2007 10:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm surprised they even figured out how to add services. I thought all they could do was cancel them.

29 May, 2007 12:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My worry about those added services is that it will just have the effect of juggling their fixed amount of trains between even more services, so the 'extra' services won't really amount to anything except pushing two cancellations somewhere else and further delaying trains by using up even more of the track capacity at that hour.

What they could do, however, is actually put more trains on the Hurstbridge line between 5.40pm and 7pm because at 5.40pm the peak hour service ends and the services for the whole line falls to an approximate 20 minute frequency, which makes the overcrowding equally as dangerous as peak hour. There are spare trains at that hour, some are even stored in the yard at Macleod for overnight storage! At 6.30pm there should be more trains available and more track capacity!

29 May, 2007 13:34  
Blogger PTA All the way said...

My greatest worry Being a regular Train commuter in Melbourne when over on Business is that if they put more trains on the network then what the heck happens with safety as we have known for some wile that Metrol have no idea where there trains are at the best of time. My mobile has more technology than there Control room PC's combined. Network congestion god im worried now.

And going on Train history in Melb all i can see is that the extra services wont work coz the Hitachi's will do there job in summer when the Comeng's shit themselves in 27 degree heat.

29 May, 2007 22:31  

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