Fw: Fri.28 & Sat.29.7.23 daily digests, austerity archives
  Roderick Smith

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Fri.28.7.23 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.
- Heading to the game at MCG tonight? From Moorabbin and beyond, board a replacement bus to Brighton Beach from Moorabbin.  Travelling from Patterson - Glen Huntly, board a replacement bus to Caulfield.
16.31 Pakenham/Cranbourne lines: Major delays clearing after an 'operational incident' between Westall - Clayton.  Trains may originate/terminate at intermediate locations.
- 16.33 Not a day goes by.
- 16.35 Every time my son wants to go see his dad, something happens.
- 16.37 Any chance of an announcement on the actual train? We're sitting at Murrumbeena.
- 16.41 Thanks.  Your speaker is stuffed, though, so nobody know what was just announced.
17.34 Major delays network wide (police request between Flinders St and Southern Cross).   Trains will run direct to/from Flinders St.   Trains may terminate/originate at intermediate locations.
- 17.43 Werribee/Williamstown/Sunbury/Craigieburn/Upfield lines: Trains will terminate/originate at Southern Cross.  Change to/from trams.
- 17.48 We are trapped on atrain at SC pfm 13. You need to let people get off if they want to.
- 17.49 Can we get off the train then?  At SC the doors aren’t opening for half an hour.
- 17.52 I WANT TO GET TO MCG.  WHY ARE WE STUCK?
- 17.54 Train is not completely into the platform. That service will come into the platform shortly and you will be able to get out.
- 17.54 Great timing.
- 17.56 There’s a trespasser between Flinders St and SC.  No trains are running.
- 17.57 Will we be able to get off at SC?
- 17.57 stop being nerds and let people off the train, it’s obviously not moving.
- 18.00 GET US TO MCG!
- 18.02 Services will run direct in/out of Flinders St & Southern Cross.
- 18.03 Tams are also affected by this incident; it looks like it could be protracted.
- 18.04 South Yarra, trains are moving now
- 18.05 People just want to get home.
- And to work and to the footy.
- 18.05 Will I be able to get to SC by train?
- 18.06 We have been told by  police to stop trains between Flinders St and SC. 
- 18.07 How am I getting from SC to Werribee?
- 18.07 I just want to get to the footy.
- 18.09 Werribee trains are terminating/originating at Southern Cross. You should have no problems.
- 18.09 No, it's stuck at Footscray.
- 18.09 What took police so long?
- 18.09 Stuck in the train for almost 1 hour now. Please let us get off at least. People have places to get to.
- 18.11 We have a lot of congestion in the city at the minute. Which would be the reason for your hold up. 
- 18.11 No they're not. We've been told to catch VLine.
- 18.11 Not true. SC is directing people to go to Flinders St,
- 18.11 How do I get to MCG from Malvern?
- 18.11 Was told at SC to get to Flinders St. Got there to be told to go to SC, only to later find out that nothing is moving on the Hurstbridge line at all. Frankly appalling communication
- 18.11 Hurry up; been delayed since 17.09 from Lynbrook.
- 18.12 I have chiropractic at 6pm .
- 18.13 VLine is working for a change.
- 18.13 And yet you're putting our fares up... what a farce
- 18.14 You forgot the part where you apologise for trapping people completely unnecessarily for 50 minutes.
- 18.14 There's some miscommunication happening then, because your station announcer just told me to catch the Vline because there are no Metro trains running to Werribee.
- 18.14 Sitting at Newmarket since 17.30, but trains are coming out of the city?
- 18.14 I am the Glen Waverley line. How long is this going to be?
- 18.14 We cannot hear the announcements over the loud speaker.
- I have a conspiracy theory that it is deliberately mumbled.
- 18.15 Bullshit. Being stuck at Footscray and you have nothing to new say.
- What do you want them to say?
- 18.16 Please give us information.  We need to know what is going on.
- 18.16 We cannot hear the announcements. There is a lady having a panic attack because we can’t get off!
- 18.16 So much for the train announcement 15 minutes ago the backlog was clearing and we’re moving.
- 18.17 PTV is crap, people complaining, delays everyday, etc.  What should we do? Increase the fares!
- 18.17 There is a lady having a panic attack because we can’t get off.
- Metro will be able to do so much with this given all the detail you’ve provided.
- Like they would have done anything anyway.
- 18.18 Network wide: Still major delays, and still direct in/out of Flinders St & Southern Cross. 
- 18.18 If this is because of a trespasser on the train lines this is out of the control of Metro. The selfishness of one (if it is only one trespasser) impacts thousands.
- 18.19 Don't get mad; it says it's a police 'request', so they have nothing else to do then obey that, god knows why.
- 18.19 Definitely still happening.  Hope everyone is okay.
- 18.20 This is insane. My daughter has been stuck between stations for over 1 h.
- 18.21 Hopefully we get to MCG before the first bounce
- Or kickoff at the footy at Marvel.
- 18.21 Please refund my $5 fee.
- 18.22 If they’re stuck on a train for 50 minutes then they have every right to get mad, regardless of whether there’s a police demand.  These issues occur far too frequently and more needs to be done to stop them occurring.
- It was the other way around, people were told to go to SC from Flinders St, but yes totally agree!! This chaos could have been greatly reduced if it had just been managed properly.
- People are getting agitated, claustrophobic and upset. They have no idea what's going on.
- 18.22 Why does it take over an hour to tell people to go to Flinders St from SC?
- 18.24 surely you actually tell us why they are so delayed like why have the police requested/demanded trains to be delayed?
- 18.24 Can you clowns organise replacement buses?
- So you want them to magically pull buses are drivers out of their asses for an unplanned event like this?
- 18.24 our train has been stuck right in front of Flinders St since 17.20 (Pakenham line).  We had police on our train an hour ago and our driver says the trespasser is between us and Flinders St, but that’s all we know.
- Same train my daughter is on.
- I hope she’s okay! everyone’s definitely ready to get off at this point.
- I was on that train; I was saying they should’ve just run over the guy 
- 18.24 Odds on getting some Zinger Boxes down here to SC; people are getting hungry…at least I am
- 5 star for uber driver if he delivers to carriages
- I’ll back that
- 18.24 Do better Metro! You have people stuck for over 1 h. This is totally unacceptable.
-  I didn't know the circumstances until recently because Metro are not informing passengers.
- Thank those climate nuts for gluing themselves to the track. I say we electrify the track and save on overhead wires.
- 18.25 Just walk.
- Not when your stuck between stations
- 18.26 Police officer told me that someone was suicidal and that’s why it’s been delayed?
- It’s owing to a trespasser on the tracks, that’s all that’s really been said.
- that’s never good; I hope they are ok.
- 18.28 There is a young girl threatening suicide on the tracks between the stations.
- Where did this info come from?
- Thanks for the info. At least now I know the reason!
- 18.28 Police told me someone was suicidal.
- 18.31 Stranded on a train that has crawled it’s way from Westall to Richmond. What a joke.
- It is worse at SC...least you are crawling.
- 18.31 Not great. Buses would be nice.
- So explain to me how they organise hundreds of buses and drivers for an unplanned event in peak hour?
- 18.32 Train your staff better, took me 1 h to go two stations.
- 18.32 Give us an update that is your job.
- 18.33 I'm going to hell for this but if they wanted to kill themselves do it at home alone.
- 18.34 Being told to be patient on pfm 5 as we watch all of the other services go to Flinders St without delay. Should we get off and get a different train to Flinders St?
- 18.35 at least be suicidal on a Tuesday so people trying to go city for parties and footy aren’t affected
- A person has committed suicide.  Was told by police.
- 18.40 I just left SC and they are simply saying that there is no train between there and Flinders St; find alternative transport.
- 18.40 What is mean by a ‘trespasser’? Very curious. We’re on a tram and being diverted. Good luck!
- 18.41 And we paid for this lack of service. Disgusting!
- 18.42 Any updates gave you moved.
- 18.44 Any danger of running a Belgrave train instead of a procession of Lilydale?
- 18.47 Apart from massive delays.
- 18.49 Trains are back at Flinders St.
- Major, but 'clearing'. [premature damage-control spin]
- 18.56 Same over east. My train sat at Glenferrie for over half an hour. But outbound trains were passing through.
- 18.56 In the 30 years I have been travelling on trains, it has always been this crap.
- 18.58 Selfish really, do it on a Monday at home or something. Been trying to get home from school since 15.30.
- 18.59 Can trespassers please do their thing somewhere else?
- 19.02 You’re taking the piss!
- 19.09 Make sure to put up fares!
- 19.30 FFFFUUUU
- 19.41 and Flinders St was telling people to go to SC.  So after 1.5 h waiting and walking I got lucky. I got to SC, and a few trains were leaving the city.  No metro staff to help navigate the cluster f*ck though. Drivers didn't even know where they were going.
- 19.52 We have been stuck on a train outside Flinders St for almost an hour; this is getting out of hand. We’re waiting for a train on the platform to move and it has taken almost 30 minutes. You MUST have drivers on standby on busy weekends for these kinds of incidents.
- 20.03 Was The Reason Behind This Delay?
- 20.17 Major delays clearing.  We are experiencing significant congestion through the inner-city.
- 20.55 Trains are moving, but with significant delays in the inner-city area.
- 21.00 Been on the Mernda train for the 2 h.
- I later found out someone was on the tracks, they need to up there security around the tracks got if it’s happening this much thsts bad.
- So one idiot disrupts the entire system and inconveniences many thousands of people wanting to get home on a Friday night, or interrupts their plans. The punishment for doing so oughta be enormous.
- 21.14 What does this mean for 80 k football supporters when they leave the football?
- 21.21 Already cost us $100 to get here. Not a single announcement by anyone at any stations. I’m sure they won’t refund fares though. Pathetic
- 21.54 Delays continuing to reduce, including on the Mernda/Hurstbridge lines.
- 22.22 Stuck on train for 20 min literally in front of Flinders Street platform when a million other trains gone pass us.
- 22.30 Spent 2 h on train from Blackburn to Flinders St. Fully understand that incidents happen & trains are held up. However what was inexcusable were the crackly & difficult to understand announcements on the train’s public address system. No one in carriage knew what was going on.
- 22.42 Trespassers? You mean the hundreds of passengers who were abandoned by metro on a train between Clifton Hill and Victoria Park for nearly 2 hours with no clear communication? The trespassers who were left with no option but to pull the emergency exit lever?
- 22.42 The trespassers who saw strangers urinating on the train after being stuck for hours? Shame on you metro. This incident needs a full investigation. The actions of your driver were criminal and could have caused serious injury or death.
Buses replace trains North Melbourne - Werribee/Williamstown from 20.30 until the last train of Sun 30 Jul (maintenance works).
Hurstbridge line: Buses replace trains Heidelberg - Greensborough from 20.30 until the last train of Sun 30 Jul (works).
Heading home from AFL at MCG ? Plan ahead and check out your best options for a fast getaway! We've got plenty of extra trains to get you home.
- Werribee/Williamstown lines: On your return journey make your way to North Melbourne and change to a bus.
- Frankston line: for Hawksburn - Patterson: Change at South Yarra [Caulfield?]. For Moorabbin & beyond: Board a Sandringham train and change at Brighton Beach.

28.7 https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/women-young-people-wanted-to-fill-70-000-rail-jobs-gap/ar-AA1esue1

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/with-8-billion-already-gone-minns-faces-a-huge-test-of-his-premiership-20230727-p5drnn.html

https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/metro-train-delays-after-police-incident-at-flinders-st-station/news-story/16a543b140f70292ac580da252637567

https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/glenrowan-heritage-precinct-loses-court-bid-to-stop-beaconsfield-parade-rail-bridge-upgrade/news-story/5059ab7dd6d37ad70c9afaf9e4bd41b2


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Sat.29.7.23 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.
Buses replace trains North Melbourne - Werribee/Williamstown until the last train of Sun 30 Jul (maintenance works).
Mernda line: Buses replace trains Reservior - Epping until the last train of Tue 1 Aug (works).
Hurstbridge line: Buses replace trains Heidelberg - Greensborough until the last train of Sun 30 Jul (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.
- Heading to the game at MCG tonight? From Moorabbin and beyond, board a replacement bus to Brighton Beach from Moorabbin.  Travelling from Patterson - Glen Huntly, board a replacement bus to Caulfield.
5.08 Lilydale/Belgrave/Alamein lines: Major delays (an equipment fault in the Camberwell area).
- 5.16 clearing
6.53 Lilydale/Belgrave/Alamein/Glen Waverley lines: Owing to a train fault near Richmond, trains will operate direct to/from Flinders St.
- 7.31 Loop running has resumed.
18.35 How do I get to Parliament station from Croydon (Lilydale line) on a weekday morning? Or to Melbourne Central?
Usual station and platform advice for heading home from MCG.
- Werribee/Williamstown not mentioned, but buses to/from North Melbourne.
- Frankston line: Heading to/from the game at MCG (and Marvel?).  From Moorabbin and beyond, bus Moorabbin - Brighton Beach to/from a Sandringham train.  Patterson - Glen Huntly bus to/from Caulfield.

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/this-is-a-test-labor-mayors-rebel-over-minns-refusal-to-back-metro-west-20230728-p5ds2s.html

https://www.afr.com/work-and-careers/workplace/qld-cfmeu-boss-fined-over-blatant-breaches-at-cross-river-rail-20230728-p5ds46