Then we hear VicRoads has raised the ire of local residents in rural Victoria by turning a four lane road into a two laned road supposedly to make the road safer. Although the roadworks are almost complete, the locals say the road is now less safe and have successfully lobbied VicRoads to stop work and reconsider.
You would think that trains running on steel tracks would fare better? No, they don't. As if the train service from Melbourne to Sydney is not pathetically slow enough. I despair. From The Age:
New $500m railway line 'unsafe'
THOMAS HUNTERJuly 22, 2010
The train drivers union says speed restrictions have had to be enforced along 58 kilometres of the line where hundreds of large, mud-filled potholes have formed under the newly installed sleepers and rails.
The union says the holes under the tracks have caused carriages to separate and train drivers to almost bounce out of their seats. And it says resulting speed restrictions are adding an hour to the supposedly high-speed Melbourne-Sydney XPT passenger service.
Speaking of The Age, maybe my very annoyed state that drove me to email The Age last week was the straw that broke the camels back. Story after story online had a video which would automatically play unless you stopped it. Very occasionally will I watch a newspaper video. It should be my choice whether I expend bandwith on a video, never mind that I do not want noise suddenly booming out of the speakers. Fingers crossed, but this morning none of the videos have auto played and I don't recall any doing so yesterday.