I have wanted a new Melways Street Directory for a good while, but the time was never right. I thought I would wait until City Link was complete so that I would have that clearly showing on the edition of Melways. Then I decided to wait for Eastlink to be completed and the alterations on the merge of the Calder and Tullarmarine Freeways. But wait, there are the West Gate Freeway alterations. Eventually you have to bite the bullet, for motorways and toll roads just keep on getting built, so my new street directory does not have Peninsula Link marked as a completed road, but it shown as dotted lines with exits and entrances.
I use Google Maps and Melways online all the time. On my phone I often use Google Maps. However, I still like the hard copy to give a sense of proportion and overview, and the myriad of extra detail. Btw, Melways online has had a makeover and the stupid seven buttons at the top to enlarge or reduce have gone and it now operates with a sliding + or - or with your mouse thumb wheel. So much better and not before time. I am very much enjoying flicking through my new Melways and learning stuffs I never knew.
ABI Brother was taking a look and pointed out on a map to me an oddity. East of Pakenham where the Pakenham Bypass was constructed, a couple of minor roads were terminated where they met the Bypass. One, Ryans Road, had a train level crossing which became redundant when Ryans Road was cut into two. However, the bells and flashing lights still operate as the train passes through, even though there is now nothing to protect and has not been for two years. I'm quoting my brother on this, so I hope he is right.
Later Edit: Timespanner found an online news story about the crossing. You can see it here.