Southern Cross as a name was selected on the grounds that Spencer St was at long last getting an iconic and COMLPETE new station,
which considering the previous three attempts fell well short of completion , a name change was thought appropriate.
However, despite the name change , Southern Cross was not completed as first envisaged , the roof does not extend over the Bourke st footbridge as was intended, nor were the platforms paved with tiles , both being cost cutting measures with vague assurances that it will be completed at a future date. ( Yes , probably after the pink elephants have landed )
The other feature of Southern Cross that fascinates me is the illumination on Plats 13&14 and 15&16 ; both being attached to the underside of the ceiling which has got to be about 40+ feet high ( ok 12 metres for you modernists ! ) . Clearly no one though about changing the blown globes , and as they have not worked for at least three years , the current poor illumination is , in my view, a serious H&S issue , especially for passengers with limited eyesight.
Bear in mind that the other platforms have effective pole mounted lights , so whoever thought that inaccessible ceiling mounts were a good idea was clearly not thinking on that day/week/month.