The PA madness gets worse! I used a train on the Belair line this afternoon, and noticed two things...
1. The revenue optimisation staff are actively asking people to call the department and complain about the needless noise pollution. I presume this means that their union has taken up the issue already and got the standard "computer says no" from the department.
2. I missed this the other day, but the mucking around with the PIS computers to add in the noise pollition has made them incapable of doing their proper job! I counted three wrong station announcements from the audio part of the system, and both LED displays in the car were insependently selecting locations for the next stop on a random basis, including a "change here for Tonsley and Noarlunga" on the approach to Torrens Park and a "alight here for local buses" on the way to Eden Hills.
Thankfully I knew the route well enough to get off at the correct stop, but for an infrequent user (or a regular not used to travelling at night) the many curves on the Belair line and frequent stops at non-station locations can be quite disorienting.
The response of the department to this will probably be to point out the bright side - that at least it was selecting random stations from the correct route rather than all stations. The last thing you'd want to hear on a nice trip into the hills would be an announcement that you're arriving at Munno Para.
Timekeeping was also useless. It arrived at Blackwood six minutes late and two minutes after the scheduled departure time of the 600 to Aberfoyle Park which was nowhere to be seen. Sucks if you're a person who might think there would be proper connections when a station is advertised as an interchange (according to the "alight here for local buses" announcement which should have been played there instead of at Eden Hills) and I'm glad I took the car instead of depending on the bus still being there when the train finally arrived.