God damn, there's some more stupid coming out.
Well, we've got to keep you entertained somehow
Need to catch any other bus aside from the 902 northbound? You've got a much longer walk than when the previous station was there. The  and 735 buses depart from where the old station was.
And that's the fault of not finishing the job. Really, the two routes could be merged. They both terminate at Nunawading, and now that Ventura owns National Bus, hopefully the two routes will be merged. Then both will use the 902 stops, rather than the old stops.
The only good thing that came of it was there's decent staff amenities built there, and it looks nice.
Well, the pedestrian underpass is also a nice idea.
At road intersections, traffic from all directions is let through in small portions every few minutes at the worst. This keeps traffic moving, so the perceived waiting time is far less. At level crossings, even if the total time given to trains is the same, it's in longer, fewer blocks and that causes the long lines of waiting, unmoving cars.
I suggest you go to Punt Rd and Hoddle St in peak hour. Not a level crossing to be seen. Even better, go to Chandler Hwy/Eastern Freeway and look towards Hoddle St exit in peak hour. Or Flinders St and St. Kilda Rds in evening peak.
Will have to think about that one.
My instinct is that it's the mass of traffic in all directions causing the congestion, so that the row of waiting cars grows faster than they're being let through each intersection.
At level crossings, a large portion of the total delay time has an empty level crossing, whereas at a road intersection, so long as you are close, you can see that traffic is moving in the opposing direction and you're more willing to wait. The perceived waiting time is therefore much longer than the actual waiting time, and that causes the frustration.
Have you been in a car along the West Gate Freeway when traffic just isn't moving in one direction - and moving in the other? It's more berluddy annoying...
Right, it's frustrating because you can't see the cause of the delay. The same as waiting a kilometre away from a level crossing, just on a larger scale. And the traffic in the opposite direction adds to the effect.
I'll restate: people are more willing to wait if they can see the cause of the delay (and by extension, assume that it won't last too long). Whether you're waiting at a seemingly empty level crossing, or behind a long line of stationary cars, the frustration largely comes from not seeing the end of the delay.
I'm sure I could express that better, but I hope it's understandable?
Station environment and intermodal transfer will be improved for pedestrians. Right now the majority of train passengers in the evening peak have to cross the narrow pedestrian crossing (usually waiting for the next train to pass as well), which takes some time, and then have to cross Lightwoood road to get to the main bus stops.
See my earlier point about Nunawading. Maybe also go to Box Hill, or Ringwood, or any one of a number of places where the bus stops aren't directly next to the station.
At Springvale, the most likely outcome is that the platforms will remain in their current area, rather than moving to the other side of the road as happened at Nunawading. Of the seven bus routes that run through Springvale, the 813, 814, 902 and 980 will benefit from a Nunawading-esque bus stop in each direction (so long as the pedestrian underpass is provided). That leaves the 885, terminating on the north side, the 705 (peak only) terminating on the south side, and the 811 which approaches and departs on the south side.
Looking at the map, it might be best to link the 855 with half of the 811 on the north/south axis, and have the other half of the 811 terminate at Springvale station. If the 705 can be merged (taking into account the different operators), then the second half of the 811 can join with the 705 when the latter runs.
In any case, the 811-705 route(s) would have to terminate on Lightwood Avenue, and they'd be somewhat displaced from the station. But there isn't much that can be done about that. They certainly don't have to be as far from Springvale Road as the 273/735 are at Nunawading.