Millswood Station re-opening 12 month trial

 
  Sojourner Train Controller

"Grumpy in Unley" - City of Unley Councillor has the Millswood station on his blog site this week -

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Millswood Station.Mullighan disappointed.
APRIL 29, 2014



Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan has express disappointment at print media coverage which cast doubts on the drawn-out saga surrounding the proposed re-opening of long-abandoned Millswood railway station.
So all you Millswoodites who put Steph Key back into the Ashford electorate can relax. In a letter to this week’s ” Courier”, the Minister has reconfirmed that the Labor Government is committed to the “one-year trial” election promise which almost single-handedly returned his party to power.
He is quoted as saying that the project needs time to be scoped and the necessary works delivered".

http://grumpyinunley.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/mitcham-station-mullighan-disappointed/

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  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

Of course there are going to be doubts about it - people might remember that it was released by the electorate office of Chloë Fox rather than being a government policy released by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet like every other government announcement of that day.

Stephen Mullighan should come clean about it instead of stringing along those poor residents who were silly enough to put all their hopes in a press release from Chloë Fox. It wasn't funny at the start, and it still isn't funny now.
  Aaron Minister for Railways

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Of course there are going to be doubts about it - people might remember that it was released by the electorate office of Chloë Fox rather than being a government policy released by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet like every other government announcement of that day.

Stephen Mullighan should come clean about it instead of stringing along those poor residents who were silly enough to put all their hopes in a press release from Chloë Fox. It wasn't funny at the start, and it still isn't funny now.
"justapassenger"
Being fair to both the minister and party, September 14 hasn't arrived yet. The reopening trial is not so much late, it was just announced seven months early. Chloe must have known she'd not be around to release the presso mid September.
  1S47 Assistant Commissioner

Location: On the Down Fast
The pedestrian footbridge alongside the railway above the Goodwood Road subway (near Millswood station) has been closed until further notice and fenced off.  

According to this cycling site the cause seems to be deterioration of the concrete pavers, causing bits of concrete to fall onto Goodwood Road below.

Let's hope they manage to repair & re-open the footbridge before Millswood Station opens for its experimental period.   I'd imagine a reasonable fraction of rail commuters who might use Millswood would walk from the western side of Goodwood Road.   Because of the underpass and busy nature of this road, it's a long detour either north or south to get to the nearest pedestrian lights, so we don't want to end up with an artificial "poor demand" conclusion form the re-opening trial.

I'm also keen to see the footbridge re-opened because it's cut my regular, pleasant trackside walk between Mitcham and the Showgrounds.  I'm hoping the issue with the concrete paving doesn't bring all the 'Elf & Safety bods out of the woodwork at DPTI, Unley Council and ARTC.   Once they turn up with their hi-vis vests and clipboards, they'll probably find all sorts of other issues with the footway (getting on for 100 years old) which will lead to long term closure and the "need" to spend $15million and 6 months building a massive 21st Century architecturally designed replacement [/rant]
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

The same site used as the primary source on the Adelaide Cyclists forum is also reporting as of a few days ago that it will definitely not be opening in July, more likely around November assuming that it gets funded in the upcoming State Budget with the funds unable to be released until the new financial year.

The reopening of the pedestrian overpass should be the first priority, even if it results in the demise of the station reopening or that being pushed back to 2015/16. With the nearest opportunities to cross Goodwood Road being about 500 metres away in either direction the pedestrian overpass is a far more vital part of the local transport infrastructure than the station would be (the nearest bus stops would be no more than ~200 metres away in each direction) and it would be far easier than adding another set of lights to Goodwood Road to maintain the permeability of the area for pedestrians.
  Gayspie Assistant Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, SA
Hi,
May's catchpoint issue did state that work has commenced on millswood station.
furthermore, i did see on a PTS bus stop that the belair line will be having train stopping and time changes from july along with some bus routes.
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

This is what one of the local councillors Jennie Boisvert - a councillor very much in support of the station reopening - reports last week after a meeting with a DPTI representative:

There was certainly no sign of any work having been done when I went there last week to help a friend find a new cycling route to replace her route over the subway.

There are no upcoming timetable changes listed on the Adelaide Metro website. If there are signs on bus stops could you please check that they aren't just leftovers from last year (July last year was when the Belair trains resumed after the Goodwood Junction underpass work) and then post a photo (even from a smartphone camera) on this site, you can use a free site like http://postimg.org to upload them and then copy/paste the Hotlink for Forums (1) text into a new post.
  mclaren2007 Assistant Commissioner

Location: recharging my myki
So they're gonna reopen a station that closed 20 years ago but not upgrade one a little further down the line?
  XPTAdelaide Beginner

I say bring back Millswood and get rid of Goodwood Railway Station, passengers can always transfer at Wayville. Alsp get rid of Torrens Park and Lynton and have a new railway station halfway between them at Clapham.
  torrens5022 Junior Train Controller

Lynton has parking, why close a perfectly good station which has parking and build one 600m away with no parking? Torrens Park could be removed or just used for school times.  While we're removing stations I would just get rid of Mitchell Park and move Tonsley over Sturt Road and much an interchange.  
Goodwood would either be demolished or a major upgrade with tram interchange. Also increase the Belair weekend daytime frequency to 30mins.
Does Millswood have a big enough catchment area to justify re-opening it?
You have the Goodwood road go-zone underneath.
  Aaron Minister for Railways

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Does the Belair line have sufficient patronage on a weekend for 30 frequency? Most likely not.
  XPTAdelaide Beginner

Running trains every 30 minute rather than once an hour on weekends could encourage tourists and locals wanting to participate in hiking or bike riding in Belair National Park to use the train rather than the car. Businesses  in Blackwood would benefit from increased patronage due to more customers spending money in cafes, restaurants and shops.
  Aaron Minister for Railways

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Thankyou for supplying me with my daily intake of laughter.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Thankyou for supplying me with my daily intake of laughter.
"Aaron"


Now Aaron, you remember that old adage ....... [I] Build it and they'll come!! [/i] Wink
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

Does Millswood have a big enough catchment area to justify re-opening it?
You have the Goodwood road go-zone underneath.
"torrens5022"
No, it does not - demolishing Goodwood or otherwise.

And that's why it will probably get cut from the upcoming State Budget now that the announcement has served its purpose of getting Steph Key re-elected.
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
Hi,
May's catchpoint issue did state that work has commenced on millswood station.
furthermore, i did see on a PTS bus stop that the belair line will be having train stopping and time changes from july along with some bus routes.
Heath Loxton

Heath the work that is reported to have started would be the preliminary work that needs to be done not actual work on the station to reopen it. It would need a lot of preparatory work done some in offices as well before anything is actually started at the site. Contracts etc let to upgrade this station is a all what one would call a works started situation it could be a while before you actually see any site work done!
  torrens5022 Junior Train Controller

So Belair "has insufficient" patronage to have weekend day services at 30 mins but yet is the last service to leave ARS everyday at 1222am and this service turns around at Belair stopping all stations arriving at ARS at 01:42am - WHY? - we need 30min weekend daytime services, and yes if you build it they will come.......
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
One does hope though that if this trial goes ahead and fails dismally that the platforms that are no longer in use get demolished to stop people wanting trials every so often and wasting good money that could be used elsewhere. If the are removed entirely there are less of a vandal target, less of an eyesore and also would allow a more modern station to be built elsewhere if needed in the future at another location that might be handier to the general public than Millswood is now!
  torrens5022 Junior Train Controller

Unley Council is set to spend about $80,000 to replace old footbridge over the Goodwood Rd underpass
THE “extremely dangerous” and unstable footbridge over the Goodwood Rd underpass will be repaired this month after fragments of concrete fell on the busy road below.
Unley Council will spend about $80,000 replacing the 90-year-old concrete footpath that runs alongside the rail bridge.
The council closed the 1920s walkway earlier this month after engineers decided it was unsafe. Continued.....
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/messenger/east-hills/unley-council-is-set-to-spend-about-80000-to-replace-old-footbridge-over-the-goodwood-rd-underpass/story-fni9lkyu-1226956322914

  Sojourner Train Controller

Running trains every 30 minute rather than once an hour on weekends could encourage tourists and locals wanting to participate in hiking or bike riding in Belair National Park to use the train rather than the car. Businesses in Blackwood would benefit from increased patronage due to more customers spending money in cafes, restaurants and shops.
XPTAdelaide

Correct me if i am wrong, but there used to be a train with bike carriages put on for the weekend to take people up to Belair National Park. I am not sure if it was stopped because of low patronage or another reason.
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
That's correct, Jumbo trailer 2117 had one section of seating removed (from door to door). The set (2008-2117) would've been taken off this service around 2007 for 'economical' reasons...
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

That trailer had rails for parking bikes in the section without seating, and it ran on Noarlunga line peak services during the week where this space functioned as extra standing room allowing higher capacity. The Jumbos can no longer run to Belair though, so there's no chance of removing the seats and bringing it back.

The Belair line is already used well enough on weekends that an improvement to two trains an hour should be worth trialling (even if the extras are only a single 3000) in the interest of providing a genuine service which can be relied upon. I'm not suggesting a turn up and go service, just something a little better than leaving you waiting an hour if you miss the train or it gets cancelled. Belair already operates at two trains an hour for a fair chunk of one day each weekend (with Footy Express trains) so this would just be a matter of harmonising it to apply across the day.
  simont141 Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide
news.com.au:

MILLSWOOD station will not reopen on July 1 as promised by the State Government before the March election.

The government says it will keep its promise for a trial reopening, but it has jettisoned the pledge for it to start next month.

Leading up to the election, then transport services minister Chloe Fox issued a statement saying “Belair rail services will return to Millswood Station from 1 July for a 12-month trial”.

But Transport Department spokeswoman Melissa Martin told the Eastern Courier Messenger last week it had “no record of the station opening on July 1”.

After the Eastern Courier Messenger sent her a copy of Ms Fox’s statement, Ms Martin issued a statement saying “significant” work needed to be done before the station reopened.

“Planning is continuing for Belair rail services to return to Millswood station,” Ms Martin said.
“Extensive work includes providing disability access, ensuring it is safe for commuters, signalling alterations, fencing, new lighting, platform repairs and new shelter and seating.

“Further announcements in relation to timetables, work schedules and other information will be released once all planning is complete.”

Ms Martin assured Millswood residents the government would deliver on its commitment to a trial.
The station reopening was a central issue in the Ashford election and the government’s promise might have helped Labor’s Steph Key hold the seat.

Reopen Millswood Station Residents Group member John Gasper wanted the government to recommit to its election promise.

But Mr Gasper was happy to wait as long as the station did eventually reopen.

“I don’t mind waiting a few months longer,” Mr Gasper, of Clarence Park, said.

The station was closed in 1995 by the then Liberal government because of poor patronage.

The reopening is expected to cost about $400,000 and so will need to be included in the state budget when it is announced tomorrow (June 19).
  SmAshmoto Beginner

The original purpose of putting the converted Jumbo on the Belair line was for the mountain bikers using the trails through Anderson and Randell Reserves. I know this because I used to be one of those mountain bikers! We would ride the trails to the bottom of the hill and then on to either Mitcham, Torrens Park or Lynton stations, then board the train with our bikes and head back up to Pinera station.

The Jumbo was put on after some consultation between Bicycle SA and DPTI after they received some complaints about bikes blocking access and seating (which was true, during the weekend on school holidays or a nice sunny weekend there could often be over 20 cyclists and bikes trying to get on a train at a time.

As for the original topic of this thread, I'd like to see Millswood reopen. The more stations the merrier I say.
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

… Planning … Extensive work … ensuring it is safe … Further announcements … once all planning is complete … will need to be included in the state budget …
"simont141"
Doesn't sound very optimistic, I think the transport spokesperson is trying to soften up people to accept it might not happen.

Finishing off the Adelaide Showground station with the promised underpass access would be a better project to prioritise.

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