Wednesday, June 06, 2007

I still hate you Connex!

OK, I know we've all got a bit of focus on the Bracks Government and why they need to sack Connex, but let's not forget they could do a little more without expending too much effort. Like tonight, I'm waiting for the 18:12 and their own clock is already showing 18:13 before they bother to tell us that the train is running late - yeah we kinda figured that mate, the lack of a big silver thing at the platform at 18:12 was a bit of a hint! Thing is, surely they knew where that train was, didn't they? I mean it was in the system somewhere, and somebody in Metrol had some idea where our train was. Why didn't he just tell us?

So eventually the train rolls in and it fills up pretty quickly. My collar bone is still flopping around, since I seem unable to find a surgeon who has a clue how to fix it, and I really don't want to be stuck in the doorway getting shoved. And of course I'm very conscious that standing in the doorway makes trains very late, after all Connex spent millions telling us this. Unfortunately there's nowhere else to stand as the train is full up.

Anyway, on the subject of Connex and their favoured relationship with Bracks and the Nuff-nuff, I've uploaded the very interesting segment from Stateline for those who missed it.


Blogger PTA All the way said...

Judging by the look in her eyes and on her face (Kosky) she has absolutely no fucking idea what is happening, let alone what to do.

It's like she keeps waiting for Bracksy to give her some advice and guidance!.

I keep expecting Kennett to pop up somewhere in a Hawthorn skivvy and throw his two cents in. God live Stateline!.

06 June, 2007 21:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kennett wouldn't want to throw his 2 cents in. He was the single worst thing for the metropolitan train system has seen in a very long time with his privatisation and threats to close a number of suburban railway lines.

07 June, 2007 09:13  
Anonymous cw4minister said...

I have wondered for a while what Ms Kosky's qualifications are for the oversight of a major organisation like Victoria's public transport system. But there was something in her tone of voice that made me think that she's from the wrong background.

You'd think that someone responsible for a complex and vital piece of infrastructure would have a background in logistics or transport or maybe manufacturing. A background that involves moving things from point A to point B. Maybe in management or maybe as a union rep. After all she's a member of the Labor Party.

I don't want to be dismissive of anyone's educational background - people can move successfully between very different industries - you only have to look at the board members of Australia's biggest companies.

But I found a biography of Ms. Kosky

Somehow I don't think that a Bachelor of Social Work is a good background for a Public Transport Minister. And I think that it's showing.

07 June, 2007 09:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think the Minister's qualifications are so much the problem - she is an experienced Minister and did well in the Education ministry for a number of years. The problem is more about what share of the State and Federal government money pot ends up in public transport and how that money is used.

07 June, 2007 14:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Consecutive peak hour cancellations on the Hurstbridge line yesterday, immediately before what is normally the most crowded express train over day - leaving a 21 minute gap in trains at 505pm - 526pm. Not good.

13 June, 2007 10:30  
Blogger PTA All the way said...

Communication Connex goes along way to solving part of your problem , had the enjoyment of using CityRail in Sydney the past week and the one thing i've noticed is at every station on the Circle is that they have an announcer that tells you what is happening with your train.

Yesterday our train was held up leaving Museum ( I was at the next station) the announcer at our station informs us there will be a 3 minute delay due to another train in the loop. He then informs us that the train has left Museum and will be at Central in 1 minute.

Hows that for communication a actual human being at the actual station keeping us informed, much better than Connex's say nothing text msg 20 mins after the event service!.

14 June, 2007 18:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your right that really pisses me off that they never tell you whats happenning with the train. If you knew how long it was maybe you can go do something else like catch a tram or go for a beer.

15 June, 2007 08:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The words Connex and communication don't sit together in the same sentence. Of the past 15 cancellations I have suffered, 3 have had associated text messages, either before or well after the event. A lot of the time, at city loop stations, there is no announcement, just the screens rolling over to the next train. At my suburban station, the screens are always wrong so you always have to ask the man in the ticket booth whether your train is canceled or not.

16 June, 2007 08:04  
Blogger PTA All the way said...

Hooray i get to return to Melbourne for work luckily I'm based in the CBD for the week so no daily commute from Cheltenham but should be fun when I venture out to Lilydale for a catch up with mates. I dare say it will be eventful!

Then back to Sydney for some CityRail enjoyment (hey there rail cars might be 2 storey and vandalised and no where near as clean but hey the aircon works) and the the train runs hah!.

But nothing compares to the cleanliness of a Perth Train. Must be all the transit guards we have keeping the scum in check.

18 June, 2007 03:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hurstbridge line shutdown this morning during the entire peak hour this morning. The news first appeared on the Metlink website at 6.56AM it says. You would expect Connex to send and SMS straight out to everyone affected so they could change their travel plans? WRONG! My SMS came over an hour later, 8.15AM.

18 June, 2007 10:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See the herald today? That fucken eejit cassidy says its gonna get much worse and they was taken by supprise on the number of passengers. what a tool

18 June, 2007 20:02  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andrew Cassidy, in my view, is a smug bureacrat. Does he really think he can dupe us commuters into actually believing Connex's excuses are legitimate. I doubt it. At least he's been successful with Lynne.

18 June, 2007 20:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andrew Cassidy is not a bureaucrat. He is a public relations officer (some might say spin doctor) for the private company, Connex.

18 June, 2007 21:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right, I stand corrected! Still he's too smug.

19 June, 2007 19:30  
Blogger PTA All the way said...

And either way he's getting paid a shitload of money to have that smug look on his dial so he can constantly feed us plate loads of shit!

None of course we believe.

20 June, 2007 03:02  
Blogger PTA All the way said...

Interesting factoid in relation to train cleanliness, Transperth Trains are washed everyday after there completed shifts, Are vacuumed everday, Total cabin detail every 21 days roof cleaning, windows, carpet shampoo, bogeys and overheads detailed every 90, judging by how clean a Connex train is i'd say they get washed every 900 days and a cabin clean out is unheard of.

Such rarities now to be on clean public transport.

21 June, 2007 03:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm, I might ask Connex, by email about how often they clean their trains. I'll post it on my blog:

And Phil, when are you gonna start posting. It's boring without your witticisms.

Reuben van Bemmel

22 June, 2007 15:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


The replacement is coming into a serious hot seat.

29 June, 2007 14:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When are you coming back Connexwhinger?

29 June, 2007 18:09  
Anonymous bmwofoz said...

A funny Train story.

Glenferrie Station has Two city bound platforms both Trains due in the same number of Minutes but the funny thing is the Two trains were recorded on Platform boards as 8:31 and 8:38

07 July, 2007 17:36  

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