Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from September 2009

Oops, I managed to miss posting ten year old photos in September.

Better late than never, here they are – at least here is part one – I’ve got a special part two coming up soon.

Centre Place, always lovely. I notice the sign about when it’s closed to vehicles – it’d be a brave person who tried to drive along it at any time, I reckon.

Centre Place, Melbourne, September 2009

Myer’s flagship Melbourne store was getting a huge makeover. Here’s the view from the front, which appears to have exposed some brickwork.

Myer Melbourne renovations September 2009

…and the view from the back. I don’t actually remember where I took this; it must have been from one of the upper levels of the old Lonsdale Street store.

Myer Melbourne under construction, September 2009

At Chadstone, some bright spark decided that the thing bus passengers needed was a waiting room, dubbed the Transit Lounge. I think they tried to imply it was “airport-style”, but if so it’d be the scummiest airport you’ve ever seen – just a few seats and a chip machine, though at least it would provide air-conditioned relief on hot days. Since then the bus interchange has been completely rebuilt. (What bus passengers at Chadstone still need is, of course, more buses.)

Chadstone bus "transit lounge" September 2009

A snap taken opposite the City Square, now taken over by metro tunnel construction. Hilariously, some people haven’t twigged that the giant concrete monstrosity on the site now is a temporary acoustic shed, rather than the entrance to the new station.

Opposite City Square, September 2009

Keeping Melbourne Moving advertised on a tram. At the time, they were using route number 112 for St Kilda to West Preston. Since then the routes have been split into the 11 and 12, which is what they were before.

"Keeping Melbourne Moving" tram in Collins St, September 2009

The old Monash Bus Loop. Since replaced by a shiny new interchange.

Monash Bus Loop, September 2009

Okay, that’s part one of my old photos from September 2009.

Stand by for a very special part two.

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.

8 replies on “Old photos from September 2009”

While we frequently brunch in Centre Place, I could never describe it as lovely. Ah yes, that letter to a newspaper about the acoustic shed at City Square. I may not check carefully enough before typing on the net, but I would before I sent a letter to a newspaper.

Wow, I don’t think I’ve seen the old Monash bus interchange before. It looks kind of peaceful in a way, with the trees in the middle – but that also means the bays on either side of it are a bit too far apart.

The main building for Monash University administration is right next to the buses now. They also have some kind of mesh over it so you can’t use your mobile phone inside. Why would you do that?

Tim, which building is that? The only buildings I can think of next to the bus loop are the Law building and the new Learning & Teaching building.

The new Chadstone interchange is much better organised (except bay 1 having 5 routes but actually being 3-4 bus stops, dividing bay 1 up would be a significant improvement). However the Transit lounge is a lamentable loss of shelter from heat cold and wind, with the new interchange being very exposed to them.

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