Re: Fw: Fri.17.7.20 daily digest

A 2017 sexual assault on an 87 year old? It may have happened on a railway
station, but I question its relevance for TDU.

On Friday, 23 October 2020 at 18:28:24 UTC+11 Roderick Smith wrote:

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> Fri.17.7.20 Metro Twitter

> Buses replace trains on sections of the Frankston line and to Stony Point

> until the last train of Sun 19 Jul (level-crossing works). [New earlier

> finish]

> 15.00 Alamein line: Major delays (a track-equipment fault between

> Camberwell and Riversdale).

> - 15.22 clearing.

> 18.33 Mernda line: Buses will replace trains between Reservoir and Epping

> due to a person hit by a train. Buses have been dispatched but may take

> over 60min to arrive, consider alternate transport options.

> - 19.00 Buses are en route but may take up 40min to arrive,

> - 19.16 Buses are in operation with more en route. Link to details of

> alternatives.

> - 19.51 All buses are in operation. Extended journey time of approx. 25min.

> - 21.24 Train services have now resumed

> Buses replace trains Newport - Werribee from 20.25 until 6.10 Sat 18 Jul

> (works).

> Buses replace trains Dandenong - Pakenham from 0.30 Sat 18 Jul until the

> last train of Sun 19 Jul (level-crossing works).


> Melbourne Cup 2017: Train network to be put to test after Derby Day

> debacle. November 7, 2017

> Racegoers flocking to the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday will be relying on a

> well-oiled train network to help them get to and from the races safely and

> on time.

> But just days after a major blunder on Derby Day saw six packed trains

> grind to a halt for 40 minutes, resulting in passengers jumping off

> carriages and one hospitalisation, commuters want an assurance that the

> system will operate smoothly on Cup Day.

> video Derby Day panic on Melbourne train. Melbourne train chaos

> Fairfax Media can reveal that the rail safety watchdog is also concerned

> about the network's capacity to carry about 100,000 people on race day, and

> has launched an investigation into Saturday's debacle.

> A spokesman for the Office of the National Safety Regulator confirmed the

> watchdog investigation, and said they "will continue to monitor issues of

> this kind".

> The spring racing carnival is testing Metro's capacity. CREDIT:PENNY


> "MTM [Metro Trains Melbourne] has assured us of its intention to take

> proactive steps to minimise the likelihood of issues such as this affecting

> racegoers at tomorrow's Melbourne Cup meeting," he said.

> But it's not just Cup Day that will test Metro's capacity this week, with

> Oaks Day on Thursday and Stakes Day on Saturday drawing many thousands of

> people.

> Metro Trains has promised the public that they will have "safe and

> reliable service ... for the rest of the carnival".

> The company is "leaving nothing to chance," spokesman Marcus Williams said

> on Monday.

> More than 300 extra services to Flemington will be added to the network

> and authorised officers and security surveillance teams will be beefed up

> for the rest of the carnival and deployed along the Craigieburn line.

> But commuters remain frustrated over Saturday's screw up, which trapped

> passengers inside six trains for more than 40 minutes between Newmarket and

> Kensington stations.

> Passengers jumping out of a train that ground to a halt for 40 minutes on

> Derby Day.

> At least 50 passengers forced the train doors open and jumped out in

> panic, an observer said. The doors on the Comeng trains are designed to be

> opened in an emergency, either manually or by an emergency release.

> The delay kicked off after one city-bound train departing Flemington

> Racecourse stopped around 6:15pm due to a train fault.

> Metro claims the fault was able to be fixed quickly, but all other trains

> from the racecourse were subsequently held up under orders from Victoria

> Police, as trespassers were on the tracks. These trespassers are understood

> to not have been train passengers.

> Passengers jumping out of a train that ground to a halt for 40 minutes on

> Derby Day.

> Commuters have complained that they were not properly informed about the

> incident as it was unfolding.

> They are now calling for compensation over the incident, which resulted in

> one woman in her 50s being taken to hospital with a knee injury, Ambulance

> Victoria confirmed.

> "If this was the fault of Metro, some compensation should be considered,

> like a free day's pass," said Tim Ryan, an avid racegoer who was caught at

> the station after 6pm, where a crowd swelled to several hundred people.

> He said there were very few Metro staff at the station, and no

> announcements could be heard over the speakers for at least half an hour,

> causing widespread confusion.

> When the train finally arrived at the station, people jumped over a cordon

> outside the platform, and pushed through the doors. He saw one elderly

> woman injure her shoulder.

> "It was really a shemozzle," he said.

> "Normally in the past, there are quite a number of Metro staff holding

> megaphones directing people; this time there was virtually no one manning

> there at the gates, and no announcements for at least 30 minutes.

> "If someone's providing you with a service and they're charging you for it

> ... and they don't provide the service in the timeframe that you expect,

> then there should be some compensation."

> Metro must pay compensation to eligible passengers when punctuality falls

> below 88 per cent and less than 98 per cent of services are delivered in

> any given month. Saturday's incident will affect this month's performance.

> However, it was not all doom and gloom for those trapped inside the

> trains, with one commuter, Kim, sending Fairfax Media a video showing merry

> passengers singing along to Bon Jovi's Livin' on A Prayer and Oasis'

> Wonderwall to pass the time.

> "Group karaoke passed the time," said Kim.

> "The ones jumping off were hardly panicked – another word starting with p

> would be more apt."

> Police confirmed that they were called to the Showgrounds train station in

> response to reports of two people trespassing after 6:30pm.

> "The train was stopped for a short time for safety reasons while police

> searched for trespassers," a spokesman said.

> Metro spokesman Marcus Williams said: "We sincerely apologise to our

> passengers who were delayed getting home from Flemington on Saturday and

> understand how frustrating this was.

> "We communicated regularly to passengers through all available channels

> including train and station announcements from drivers and station staff,

> as well as remotely from the control centre, our website, Twitter and the

> metroNotify app.

> "We've had feedback that some passengers found it difficult to hear

> announcements on busy trains and platforms and understand this was a

> challenge."

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> November 7 2017 Aspendale station attack: Man charged over sex assault on

> 87-year-old woman

> A man has been charged with sexual assaulting an elderly woman at a train

> station in Melbourne's south-east.

> The 87-year-old woman was on the platform at Aspendale about 11am on

> September 22 when a man asked her if she wanted money.

> When she declined, the man kissed her on the cheek and allegedly sexually

> assaulted her, a police spokeswoman said.

> The woman, who had a walking frame, managed to break free and boarded her

> train.

> It's believed the man got on a Frankston-bound train, disembarking at

> Carrum Station.

> A 40-year-old Frankston man was arrested on Tuesday morning and charged

> with sexual assault.

> He was bailed to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on December 15.

> More Articles: Elderly woman with walking frame sexually assaulted at

> station.

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> Is the boom in bike lanes riding on the pandemic? July 17, 2020

> “When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark,” wrote Sir Arthur

> Conan Doyle, of Sherlock Holmes fame, “just mount a bicycle and go out for

> a spin.”

> In recent months, a great many Australians have taken this advice. We have

> bought, borrowed and rented bikes in unprecedented numbers, using them to

> escape the low spirits and dark days of COVID-19. According to counts

> performed by the Bicycle Network, a national cycling network, bike use in

> some areas of Melbourne has increased by as much as 300 per cent.

> A cyclist on Sydney's Anzac bridge. Fears about using public transport

> have fuelled a spike in cycling's popularity.CREDIT:PETER RAE

> But where have we been riding? Well, in some cases at least, on paths less

> travelled – or indeed, never travelled before at all. In NSW, more than 10

> kilometres of brand-new pop-up bike lanes were announced in May by the City

> of Sydney, including six temporary lanes in key commuter areas in the CBD.

> The idea is to give people new pathways through the city while also

> offering an alternative to reduced-capacity public transport.

> And in Melbourne, the city has fast-tracked some 40 kilometres of bike

> lanes within the CBD. These lanes, which were originally planned for

> installation during the next decade, will now be completed in two years.

> “I think a lot of the [lanes] were already on long-term strategic

> transport plans,” says the Bicycle Network’s Alexander Miller of the work

> in both states, “but it’s great to see it happening more quickly.”

> The question is, will such temporary lanes last, or will they be torn away

> from cyclists once the pandemic passes? “Around the world, the data shows

> that bike lanes are being used more than ever,” says Miller. “So I think

> there’s a good chance that if they’re siphoning off traffic and reducing

> vehicle use, they will stay.”

> Bike paths in Melbourne's CBD. The city has fast-tracked some 40

> kilometres of bike lanes.CREDIT:SIMON SCHLUTER

> Of course, the myriad benefits of cycling – for the environment, and for

> physical health and mental wellbeing – have been known for years; let’s

> hope the pandemic finally prompts permanent change.

> So far, with so many people discovering the value of “keeping your

> balance” on a bike, as Einstein put it, the signs are good.

> “It’s not quite as simple as ‘Build it, and they will come,’ ” says

> Miller, “but if the paths are in good spots, they’ll get used.” Just not by

> MAMILs, we hope. Middle-aged men in Holmes-style deerstalkers, of course,

> are welcome any time.

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> *Hopefully the temporary cycle lanes prove to governments and drivers

> alike how important quality, safe cycleways are for an efficient city

> Good cycleways to be installed will demonstrate the huge latent demand of

> people who want to ride



> Rail pain on the Upfield line

> Fri.17.7.20 Melbourne 'Herald Sun'

> A construction 'blitz' on the Upfield railway line will begin in two

> weeks, with a section of the busy corridor to be shut for three and a half

> months.

> From July 28 to November 15, train commuters will be forced onto

> replacement buses for every stop north of Anstey station while more than

> 1000 workers remove four level crossings.

> The shutdown is expected to affect a third of the commuters living along

> the line but trains will continue to run between Anstey station and the

> city over this time.

> Huge concrete pieces are currently being trucked to Coburg and Brunswick

> to build a 2.5km rail bridge above the current tracks.

> Transport Infrastructure Minister Allan said the project would help

> support construction and manufacturing jobs: “It is using thousands of

> tonnes of concrete products from local suppliers to support Victorian jobs

> through the pandemic. Our level crossing removals are heating up in the

> North — by 2022, both Bell Street crossings, the most dangerous in

> Melbourne, will be gone for good.”