Melbourne Central wants your money

Now I wouldn’t normally mix business with pleasure like this, but I can imagine a lot of Melbourne people will be affected by this. Melbourne Central, in their wisdom, have decided that people getting off trains and going about their business do so far too easily, and they’d like to send them on
a merry dance around through the shops
, whether they want to go shopping or not.

First you’ve heard of it? Not surprised, since among all the fabulousnews trumpeted by the centreduring its redevelopment, this seems to have missed getting a mention. Could that be because they know just how pissed off most station users will be? Even the train operator claims it’s happy with the situation, and the government? Well, they approved the plan.

It seems the only people not asked are those tens of thousands who will have to negotiate a maze of corridors andtrudge an extra few hundred metres, twice every day. Community consultation? Apparently pretty much not. So, if you currently arrive at work dead on time, better plan to catch an earlier train from November.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.