Apparently from two different sources, Melbourne is the world's most liveable city. Once source was the Economist magazine. Well, they should be in Melbourne on a Friday night when people are trying to get to places.
Orrong Road, Armadale closed due the road collapsing with buses diverted. Kooyong Road stop start from High Street to Dandenong Road. Dandenong Road clogged with traffic. Traffic banked back from Flinders Street to Dorcas Street in St Kilda Road, and then back from Toorak Road to High Street. Queens Road, stop start in both directions. Dire long journey time warnings on the Monash Freeway and City Link into the city. City trams packed to overflowing. St Kilda Road trams inbound full, one after another, leaving people behind who just want to get home.
Tweets from Yarra Trams, due to traffic congestion in Chapel St/High St/Burke Rd/Clarendon St/Swan St, trams are delayed, except Yarra Trams spelt Burke as Bourke. Nothing like a little local knowledge by our overseas owned tram company. On board tram announcements of delays from the control centre were unintelligible as they are delivered by someone with a very strong foreign accent. I thought heavy accent PA announcements disappeared in the seventies?
Personally, I used my knowledge of back streets and alternative streets to get home from work, and I did so in a reasonable time, half of what it would have taken had I stuck to my normal route. How can the traffic be so extraordinary at 7.30 pm!
As someone once replied to someone complaining about traffic congestion, you are the problem. Well you who are using our public transport are the problem too.
There are some quite nice aspects to Melbourne, but travelling on roads or public transport is not one of them. I am past caring whether I travel by car, train or tram. I just want each of them to work, and they don't. Might it be to do with Melbourne is overpopulated, congested in the inner city and congested in the middle suburbs, and congested in the outer suburbs, and congested in extreme outer areas. There are just too many people and nothing is well managed. The same population lives in a much smaller area in London and much more successfully.
World's most liveable city. C'mon. Don't talk wet.