Regional Rail Link update: Olympic Doughnuts to stay at Footscray station

A couple of years ago when they were announcing some of the detail around the Regional Rail Link project upgrades to Footscray station, I jokingly remarked on Twitter that I hoped the doughnut van would survive. I was then assured by someone in the then-minister’s office that it would.

The government may have changed, but the commitment to let the doughnut van stay hasn’t:
Olympic Doughnuts: RRL notice

However, along with many businesses along Irving Street, the cafe formerly known as Tall Poppies (on Nicholson Street) has not survived. This was a known gunzel hangout, due to its view over the railway lines coming out of Footscray, including the Bunbury Street tunnel. I assume it’s been sacrificed due to the widening of the underpass to fit the extra tracks in.
Footscray, looking towards Nicholson Street

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.

3 replies on “Regional Rail Link update: Olympic Doughnuts to stay at Footscray station”

Talking of doughnuts, I’ve finally been coerced into buying a Myki by the withdrawal of the 5 x daily and while I waited at the counter at Mordialloc station to be served this evening I noticed a poster for what appears to be an official ‘free coffee and doughnuts’ morning. Two in fact, 17th and 24th, courtesy of Metro as a ‘thank you’.

The small team at Mordy often put up some free coffee and sometimes a newspaper for the weary traveler and it’s a nice gesture always appreciated. The poster for the upcoming mornings had Metro branding and seemed like something out of the marketing dept.

Is this the start of a charm offensive?!

No more Tall Poppies? That’s a shame, I used to love hanging out there whilst in uni, watching the trains go by!

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