The new Glen Huntly station opened on Monday, and I stopped past on Monday night.
It’s great to have the trains running again, and shiny new stations are always fun.
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It’s not completed yet, but enough of it is functional to open it to the public. Work will continue over coming months.
No real surprises – except one.
Hark back to the details of the station design released in 2021, which included this render:
I interpreted this as showing the middle of the platform, so that passengers would enter the platform in the middle, rather than at the far northern end as with the old station.
Turns out this is not the case. The lifts will drop you further along, but most people will use the stairs will take you to the very southern end of the platform.
This means for citybound trains, lots of people will be boarding the rear carriage.
Unfortunately, with the platforms being longer than the trains, and the stop mark being right at the far end, up trains stop past the main point of entry, the stairs. Pretty annoying. pic.twitter.com/nnXrLRaN2f— Hotel 7 // Lavender (@literar63) July 30, 2023
This is not great – this is little better than the old station.
Perhaps they were limited by the gradient back up to street level heading south, before reaching the pedestrian crossing at Wattle Avenue.
This is not the first time the lack of design detail the LXRP puts online has been an issue. You’d hope they actually want feedback on designs, but it’s not possible if the information doesn’t make it clear what is going to be built.
As it is, Metro will be hoping that passengers at Glen Huntly are proactive in spreading themselves along the platform, particularly in peak, to keep carriage crowding and dwell times under control.
Update 5/8/2023: The other thing I notice using this station: decades of sensing when approaching Glen Huntly (outbound) from the sound/vibration of crossing the tram tracks is now gone!
As this video shows, express trains now run through the station faster than ever.
Also it appears (for now at least) they’re consistently using platform 3 (Glen Huntly to Moorabbin) for outbound trains. Previously they’ve mostly used platform 2 for outbound trains except during morning peak.
Consistency is good, though it means in the evenings, PSOs on one platform can’t quickly access the other.