Thursday, April 01, 2021

Metro Tunnel Marvellousness

The new Metro train tunnel being built in Melbourne is a wonderful thing. We will be able to walk 500 metres, go down a lift or escalator to the underground station, wait just a few minutes for a train, be whisked into the city, and catch a lift or escalator up to the major corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets. Maximum door to door time should be fifteen minutes.

Now, we walk out our front door, cross the road to the tram stop, wait a minute of so and catch a tram to the very centre of the city. Maximum time 15 minutes. Oh, so maybe not so good for us, but what the Metro Tunnel will do is free up the overloaded St Kilda Road trams. 

But there was forward planning that almost seems like it was directly meant to service us. The station platforms extend down St Kilda Road and while the entrance is distance away from us, the end of the platforms are not and are right in front of out building, albeit underground. The road and tram tracks will be reconfigured as completion of Metro Tunnel approaches and an initially unplanned entrance for us nearby will be opened. How good is that! It will just be a lift opening at the point where you can see the present covering lid. This now makes it a serious option for us.

The concrete patch is where the lift shaft and opening will be.  

27 comments:

  1. Wow. How wonderful to have such a personal service. And what a change.

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  2. Amazing! I'm waiting until after noon.

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    1. Nothing to do with Atrial Fibrillation, MC.

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  4. Your city is going underground? Great news. Now if only SA could get on with and do the same instead of dithering.

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    1. River, we already have an underground train line that goes around the edge of the CBD, but this is a new one altogether and an excellent project. Don't worry, there was plenty of dithering here and we have been talking about a train to our airport since it was built.

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  5. Have they given a date for when the ‘nearest entrance’ will be available? I’m not a loop lover - have to grit my teeth and bear it when our Lilydale trains make their way into Flinders Street - heave a big sigh of relief when we come up into daylight going the other way.
    Yet underground/metros in other countries don’t bother me at all.
    Great day again today - hopefully winter will stay away for a little while. We’re booked into Bowen again - July August and early September- that should take care of most of the chilly weather:)

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    1. Cathy, the loop doesn't worry me like the Burnley and Domain road tunnels. You'd be a bit stuck in London and NYC if you didn't like going underground. Good that you are able to travel again.

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  6. I always loved the London tube, so a much more modern version sounds good. How many stations will there be between you and Flinders St?

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    1. Cro, The Tube is rough, noisy, terribly hot but simple to use and great for getting around, which is why it used by so many celebs and wealthy people. No stations from here to Flinders Street. It's about two kilometres. Completion date 2025.

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  7. I love fast, clean public transport and would never drive by car if there is an alternative. But I won't travel at peak period, because of the crowds.

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    1. Hels, I can tell you, there aren't crowds on trams or trains in peak times. Everyone is driving and traffic congestion is massive.

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  8. Access to the subway was a prime consideration when I was looking for an apartment to buy.

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    1. So important Travel, especially in your older years.

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  9. Oh brilliant is that! I'm a huge fan of efficient and accessible transit and was spoiled with the underground system in Toronto so I applaud any innovations.

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    WWW

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    1. WWW, yes, Toronto's system is excellent, as is Vancouver's.

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    1. MM, looks like I will live long enough to see it open.

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  11. I have only lived in one city that had a metro system. It was wonderfully convenient.

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    1. Debby, I would really loath to be car dependent.

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  12. The train station is five minutes away from us Andrew but we never think about taking it into the city. Often when we're sitting on a busy freeway and the train whizzes past I wonder why the heck we're not on it ☺️

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    1. Grace, you are fortunate then. Perth's public transport, of a city of its size, is well respected around Australia.

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  13. I am ever impressed with your transit there, especially after you told me the price of gas in Melbourne. I can't get over thinking about it, and how anyone could afford to drive. So you'd need convenient easy public transit.

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    1. Strayer, generally our public transport works well, but most people prefer cars especially because of COVID now. A raw figure of a fuel price comparison is unreliable. People generally can afford it here.

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