Connex to Metro: 10 years ago today

 
Topic moved from News by bevans on 01 Dec 2019 12:41
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Excellent article on 10 years of metro trains with service declining over the past 6 years or the majority of the contract.  Despite this and a move to Vline for much of the west with RRL Metro continues to struggle in delivery.

What else can we take away from the last 10 years?

Connex to Metro: 10 years ago today

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  Heihachi_73 Chief Commissioner

Location: Terminating at Ringwood
Good riddance to the old Sunday timetable. Pity they still haven't fixed Sunday mornings though (hourly "Night Network" trains still running as late as 9AM = WTF).
  route14 Chief Commissioner

I agree.  The old 40 minute frequency on Sunday nights was really inconvenient.  I remember finishing a meeting near Merri when the automatic announcement informed that the next train was cancelled.  I was so upset that I pressed the emergency button to demand an explanation.  I knew the button wasn't supposed to be used that way but an 80 minute gap was rediculous and the customer service line wasn't 24 hours back then.  The station master replied that there was nothing wrong and the train was coming in a few minutes, which was fortunate.  It turned out to be a 6-car Xtrapolis which was a rare occurance at night.  Probably it was a replacement of a broken down Comeng and the train description system (or whatever it's called) of the former wasn't operating properly.
  route14 Chief Commissioner

ridiculous, excuse me.
  justarider Deputy Commissioner

Location: Free at last, free at last
"What else can we take away  from the last 10 year?" @bevans

Maybe putting the absolute explosion in passenger numbers and number of trains on that same silly graph will put in some context.

Really you can't have a souffle without tapping the eggs first.

Cheers
John
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
What, what, what's that you say ??????????????? I can't hear you.

Just got off a Comeng where the bearings in the motor alternator (?) were stuffed and emitting a high pitched ear piercing and head splitting scream.

Talk about industrial deafness. No wonder many drivers wear ear/hearing protection.

Thought about ringing up Metro but then imagined trying to explain problem to them only to have the issue ignored, no doubt.
  Braddo Deputy Commissioner

Location: Narre Warren
Just got off a Comeng where the bearings in the motor alternator (?) were stuffed and emitting a high pitched ear piercing and head splitting scream.
YM-Mundrabilla
Far too common, as is the issue with the compressors running almost non stop on many of the M cars.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Good riddance to the old Sunday timetable. Pity they still haven't fixed Sunday mornings though (hourly "Night Network" trains still running as late as 9AM = WTF).
Heihachi_73
In this day and age there should be simply be "peak" and "off-peak" timetables
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Confirmation on what has NOT changed over a decade.  Last night a storm came over Melbourne and disabled signalling in the Victoria Park area and probably Clifton Hill.  This important line experienced this issue yet again and again each and every year.

On arriving at Parliament Station Platform 1 at 5:30pm a train was leaving so I thought all is good.  A Mernda service then arrived and announcements forthwith asking passengers to leave the train and change.  Chnmage to what I hear you ask?  No one knows.

The next Mernda service arrived and announcements for all change train not taking passengers.  So two trains.  Not we are at 5:40pm circa.

Then comes the delayed announcement. Major signal failures at Victoria Park and the line was shut.  All passengers advised to find another way home.

Route 86 tram to capacity people could not get on.

Again a Metro Shambles.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Confirmation on what has NOT changed over a decade.  Last night a storm came over Melbourne and disabled signalling in the Victoria Park area and probably Clifton Hill.  This important line experienced this issue yet again and again each and every year.

On arriving at Parliament Station Platform 1 at 5:30pm a train was leaving so I thought all is good.  A Mernda service then arrived and announcements forthwith asking passengers to leave the train and change.  Chnmage to what I hear you ask?  No one knows.

The next Mernda service arrived and announcements for all change train not taking passengers.  So two trains.  Not we are at 5:40pm circa.

Then comes the delayed announcement. Major signal failures at Victoria Park and the line was shut.  All passengers advised to find another way home.

Route 86 tram to capacity people could not get on.

Again a Metro Shambles.
bevans
This is a topic that always intrigues me every time it rains, whenever it is hot, whenever it is cold, when the wind blows.
  • Why is it that we get the same chronic faults emerging time and time again?
  • Are they not rectified properly the first time?
  • Is there a financial advantage to someone (Metro/Contractors/Staff etc) to be called out time and again for the same faults?
  • Have we bought dodgy equipment?
  • Does no one in authority care?

Rhetorical questions, of course.Rolling Eyes

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