Fw: Sun.30 & Mon.31.7.23 daily digests, austerity archives
  Roderick Smith

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Sun.30.7.23 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 (maintenance works).
Mernda line: Buses replace trains Reservoir - Epping until the last train of Tue 1 Aug (works).
Hurstbridge line: Buses replace trains Heidelberg - Greensborough until the last train (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.
18.32  Sunbury/Craigieburn/Upfield lines: Major delays clearing after a police action between North Melbourne and Southern Cross.
Sunbury/Craigieburn lines: All trains direct to/from Flinders St from 21.00 until the last train (works).  From loop stations, take a Flinders St train [inbound Dandenong?] to Southern Cross.
Upfield line: Trains will operate as a shuttle service Southern Cross - Upfield from 21.00 until the last train (works).  From loop stations, take a Flinders St train [inbound Dandenong?] to Southern Cross.
Belgrave/Lilydale/Glen Waverley lines: All trains direct to/from Flinders St from 21.00 until the last train (works).  From loop stations, take a Flinders St train [inbound Dandenong?] to Flinders St.
Heading home from MCG?  We've got plenty of extra trains to get you home. 

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/bus-safety-review-s-early-findings-set-to-be-released/vi-AA1exiEM

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/sydney-and-melbourne-in-top-five-of-world-s-most-liveable-cities/vi-AA1exeS8

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/public-servants-declare-ceasefire-in-war-between-planning-and-transport-20230728-p5ds4l.html

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/the-simple-change-that-could-slash-travel-times-during-school-terms-20230713-p5do3m.html

https://www.afr.com/work-and-careers/workplace/rail-union-moves-to-end-qube-lockout-over-safety-risk-20230730-p5dsaw


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Mon.31.7.23 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 Reservoir - Epping until the last train of Tue 1 Aug (works).
The Frankston line & Glen Huntly station reopen today.  Say goodbye to level crossings between Flinders St & Moorabbin. Express services are back.
8.13 Sunbury line: Major delays clearing after a disruptive passenger in the Sunshine area.
9.50 Buses to replace trains Newport- Werribee (an external overhead power line falling onto the Werribee line near Laverton).  Buses ordered, but will take over 60 min to arrive.  Consider local alternative transport.
- 10.30 Buses in operation, including via Altona loop, adding [unspecified] travel time.   
- 14.50 Passengers plan ahead, as Metro & Powercor crews conduct emergency repairs.
- 15.30 Because of the complexity of the works required, it is anticipated that we will need to work overnight & into tomorrow.
- 15.50 Werribee trains will operate Flinders St - Newport, with delays. All Laverton services have been cancelled.  Williamstown trains will run as per timetable, with delays.
- 15.52 Thanks for letting us know, and you guys and Powercor will do a good job.
- 15.53 One train near Laverton is not moving, so keep up the job.
- 18.10 Buses will continue to replace trains Newport - Werribee until the last train of Tuesday, 1 Aug.
- 18.18 Whats the last service there no trains running theres on at laverton it can try moving but we need workers and stuff to look it how the train goes and there is people puzzeld why a train is not moving try move it to see how it goes
- 18.54 Williamstown trains are unaffected, but we anticipate that there will be more passengers on these than usual.
- 19.06 will VLline Geelong reinstate the Tarneit to Southern Cross and vv? Werribee was supposed to be the alternative way
- 19.30 The fact you have hardly any replacement buses for situations like this is an absolute joke
- 19.43 You should compensate every single person that’s had to deal with this joke situation that’s unfolding at Newport. I’ll be amazed if I get home before sunrise at this rate.
- 21.15 You are replacing trains with a bus, that's fine, but why do your staff have to be rude with already troubled passangers. Just departed from Newport towards Werribee at 21.13.
20.27 Craigieburn line: Major delays (a vehicle blocking tracks in the Pascoe Vale area).  Passengers Essendon - Broadmeadows consider alternatives.
- 21.20 clearing.
Sunbury/Craigieburn lines: All trains direct to/from Flinders St from 21.00 until the last train (works).  From loop stations, take a Flinders St train [inbound Dandenong?] to Southern Cross.
Upfield line: Trains will operate as a shuttle service Southern Cross - Upfield from 21.00 until the last train (works).  From loop stations, take a Flinders St train [inbound Dandenong?] to Southern Cross.
Buses replace trains Heidelberg - Hurstbridge from 21.00 (maintenance works).
Belgrave/Lilydale/Glen Waverley lines: All trains direct to/from Flinders St from 21.00 until the last train (works).  From loop stations, take a Flinders St train [inbound Dandenong?] to Flinders St.
Buses replace trains Dandenong - Pakenham from 21.00 until the last train (works).
21.11 Buses will supplement trains Reservoir - Mernda (an animal across tracks in the South Morang area and works), adding [unspecified] travel time.
- 21.11 Kangaroos?
- 21.14 When are they going to cull the roos at South Morang: I'd hate to be a train driver at night there.
- 21.22 Buses replace trains Reservoir - Mernda.
- 22.10 Trains are resuming.

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/workers-return-to-cross-river-rail-after-dangerous-fall/ar-AA1ezbkR

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/train-commuters-face-12-month-closure-of-bankstown-rail-line-20230731-p5dsmo.html

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/plans-for-metro-train-project-in-sydney-south-west-to-be-revealed-20230730-p5dsbl.html