Fw: Wed.26 & Thurs.27.7.23 daily digests, austerity archives
  Roderick Smith

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Roderick

Wed.26.7.23 Metro X
Flinders St: still with a lane closed for tunnel works?
Because of tunnel works, Degraves St subway at Flinders St is closed until 2024. No platform transfer via Degraves St subway. Passengers should use Elizabeth & Swanston St entry/exits.  Campbell Arcade remains closed to 2024. Platform  interchange via that subway was available until mid 2022.
Frankston line: Trains will run to an altered timetable until early August 2023 (works).  Trains will stop at all stations Caulfield - Cheltenham all day [finished?]
- Trains will not stop at Glen Huntly until Aug.2023 (works). Shuttle buses operate Caulfield - Glen Huntly - Ormond. No access to station facilities during this time.
- Buses replace trains on sections of the line and to Stony Point until early August (works).
- From the city, buses depart from Arts Centre (St Kilda Rd).
- Mon.-Fri. Express buses operate Moorabbin - Brighton Beach.
9.07 Werribee/Williamstown/Sunbury/Craigieburn/Upfield lines: Major delays (police attending to a trespasser in the North Melbourne area).
- 9.15 Hurry up; I’m tryna get to work.
- 9.19 clearing.
- 9.20 How about securing your stations and network at major stations so that the whole network doesn’t stop..
- If you wish to leave a formal feedback , you can do so over the phone on 1800 800 007 or online https://bit.ly/2b7jike; and a member from our passenger experience team will be in touch.
- 9.58: 50 minutes later and it's just taken 25 min to travel three stops with no sign of any further progress. Unless the trespasser was an avalanche, how can it take this long to get back to service?
- 10.44 Clearing an hour ago but still 45 min delays and growing?
17.53 Lilydale/Belgrave/Alamein/Glen Waverley/Pakenham/Cranbourne/Sandringham lines: Major delays clearing after a trespasser between Richmond and South Yarra. 
- 18.27 Display train says Dandenong, when I got on the train at Richmond it was Pakenham… no announcements made… train arriving at Clayton…. What a shitshow!  Still unknown really if will have to change or if display wrong
- 18.35 Some trains have been altered to terminate short of their destination.
- 18.40 she tells us just as we are getting to Dandenong!  I guess it’s good for the metro kpi!
Buses replace trains North Melbourne - Upfield from 20.20 until the last train (maintenance works).
Craigieburn line: All trains direct to/from Flinders St from 21.00 until the last train.  From loop stations, take a Swanston St tram to Flinders St [why not a Sunbury/Upfield, or were thay also direct?]
Mernda/Hurstbridge lines: Buses replace trains Parliament - Clifton Hill - Epping from 21.00 until the last train (maintenance works), adding 40 min.
Glen Waverley line: All trains direct to/from Flinders St from 21.00 until the last train. From loop stations, take a Swanston St tram to Flinders St (ignoring Flagstaff and Parliament).
Sunbury line: Buses replace trains North Melbourne - Sunshine from 21.30 until the last train (works).
Lilydale/Belgrave lines: Trains will operate as a shuttle between Burnley and Lilydale/Belgrave from 22.00 until the last train (works).  Change from/to a Glen Waverley train.
Buses replace trains Dandenong - Pakenham from 9:00pm to last train tonight, while project works takes place.
Pakenham/Cranbourne lines: All trains direct to/from Flinders St from 22.30 until the last train (works).  From loop stations, take a train from pfm 4 to Richmond [there weren't any].

https://www.msn.com/en-au/entertainment/music/melbourne-steps-aboard-a-festival-for-a-tram-line/ar-AA1elopA

https://www.msn.com/en-au/money/markets/record-grain-harvest-eyed-as-market-under-pressure/ar-AA1elmDf

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/if-sydney-s-metro-west-needs-more-stations-where-would-they-go-20230726-p5drdj.html

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/we-need-the-metro-labor-s-star-western-sydney-recruit-insists-25-billion-rail-line-must-go-ahead-20230726-p5drew.html

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/minns-metro-west-charade-is-a-betrayal-of-labor-s-reclaimed-heartland-20230726-p5drdf.html

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/metro-west-delay-threatens-to-put-brakes-on-housing-plans-20230725-p5dr6q.html

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/any-delay-to-our-city-s-much-needed-metro-west-rail-line-would-be-a-disaster-20230725-p5dr1n.html

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/audit-raised-safety-issues-with-cross-river-rail-scaffolding-says-union-20230726-p5drhw.html

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/workers-down-tools-after-cross-river-rail-fall-leaves-colleague-critically-injured-20230726-p5dr9x.html

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/8283539/commonwealth-avenue-traffic-diversion-to-start-from-mid-august


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Thurs.27.7.23 Metro X
Flinders St: still with a lane closed for tunnel works?
Because of tunnel works, Degraves St subway at Flinders St is closed until 2024. No platform transfer via Degraves St subway. Passengers should use Elizabeth & Swanston St entry/exits.  Campbell Arcade remains closed to 2024. Platform  interchange via that subway was available until mid 2022.
Mernda line: Buses replace trains Reservior - Epping until the last train of Tue 1 Aug (works).
Frankston line: Trains will run to an altered timetable until early August 2023 (works).  Trains will stop at all stations Caulfield - Cheltenham all day [finished?]
- Trains will not stop at Glen Huntly until Aug.2023 (works). Shuttle buses operate Caulfield - Glen Huntly - Ormond. No access to station facilities during this time.
- Buses replace trains on sections of the line and to Stony Point until early August (works).
- From the city, buses depart from Arts Centre (St Kilda Rd).
- Mon.-Fri. Express buses operate Moorabbin - Brighton Beach.
4.55  Mernda line: Major delays (a track fault in the Reservoir area).
- 5.29 clearing.
7.50 Hurstbridge line: Major delays (a train fault in the Eltham area).
- 8.07 & 8.47: Buses to replace trains Eltham - Hurstbridge.  Buses have been ordered.
- 9.11 Buses are in operation, adding [unspecified] travel time.
- 9.29 Trains have resumed.
11.19 Lilydale/Belgrave lines: Major delays (a track-equipment fault near Ringwood).  Trains may be held at platforms.
- 12.05 clearing.
Sunbury/Craigieburn lines: All trains direct to/from Flinders St from 21.00 until the last train (works).  From loop stations, take a train to Southern Cross [Inbound Dandenong, but they cease at 22.30].
- Buses replace trains North Melbourne - Sunshine from 21.30 until the last train (works).
Trains will operate as a shuttle service Southern Cross - Upfield from 21.00 until the last train (works).  From Loop stations, take a train to Southern Cross.
Lilydale/Belgrave/Glen Waverley lines: All trains direct to/from Flinders St, 21.00 until the last train tonight (works).  From loop stations, take a Flinders St train from pfm 1.
Pakenham/Cranbourne lines: All trains direct to/from Flinders St from 22.30 until the last train (works).  From loop stations, take a train from pfm 4 to Richmond. [there aren't any]
22.23 Lilydale line: Major delays (police  in the Croydon area).
- 22.27 clearing.
22.49 Mernda line: Major delays clearing after an an animal on the tracks in the South Morang area.
23.54 Glen Waverley line: Major delays (a vehicle hit a bridge in the Jordanville area).
- 23.59 minor and clearing.

https://www.msn.com/en-au/money/markets/sydney-was-promised-four-metro-lines-here-s-what-progress-has-been-made/ar-AA1eoN4T

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/clover-moore-says-metro-west-line-too-important-to-drop-after-nsw-premier-casts-doubt-on-future/ar-AA1emrA0

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/premier-stop-playing-games-with-western-sydney-residents-on-metro-20230727-p5drp4.html

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/build-it-and-they-will-come-metro-west-must-proceed-regardless-of-cost-blowouts-20230727-p5drkp.html