I’ve got some more substantive posts in the works, but in the meanwhile:
A small win.
Back in 2021, I tried badgering the Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) to rename Glenhuntly station as Glen Huntly while rebuilding it. I took a particular interest because it used to be my local station.
Spelling of the suburb has a space, the road the station is on has a space. The ship they’re all named after had a space. So why not take the opportunity of a new station with entirely new signage to fix the error and make it consistent?
Some changes to station names cause problems. There was a plan to rename North Melbourne to West Melbourne, and name the new Arden station as North Melbourne. This was dropped when they realised how embedded in the various railway systems and documentation the name is.
But adding a space shouldn’t cause any grief. The name doesn’t clash with anything else, and the railway code GHY could remain the same. If some old railways documentation isn’t updated with the space, it’s of little consequence.
Back when I enquired, the LXRP said they wouldn’t do it, and referred me to the local council… which has no power on this issue.
In the mean time I kept mentioning it behind the scenes to people when I got the chance. And it sounds like others did too.
Happily, they’ve changed their minds.
Channel 7 story, including comments from the Premier.
The fact that the crossings are being grade separated is great – it’ll help speed up trams, buses and trains, and improve safety and conditions for passengers, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists alike.
And fixing naming consistency between the suburb, the road and the station contributes in a small way to a more legible transport network.
PS. Thanks to those on social media who remembered me talking about it, and pinged me when this was announced.