Yep...sounds like a FAIL to me. That kind of Queensland mini-bus arrangement is unprecedented in Victoria...and who was the local councillor and land speculator who benefited from moving the station out of Wodonga's CBD
There's clearly a perception by the closet airline fans who post in these pages that railway stations like airports need to be 'out of town'. Obviously you don't get it so I won't be adding any further to this part of the discussion.
Note to ZH...it didn't take long for your venom to re-surface..
Just because Vic hasn't jumped on the shuttle bus arrangement doesn't make it a bad idea, but I agree it won't work everywhere.
In some cases yes, railway stations need to be away from suburbia. Look at the new Gold Coast and Springfield lines in Qld, how much walk-up traffic is there? The new outer suburban commuter lines are being built in a similar fashion everywhere. Large station footprint, large car parking space, large area for the Kiss'n'ride and bus transfer.
Wodonga gets 3 return trains services a day + 1-2 buses to Melbourne, a 3 hour ride. Its not a commuter station. I assume it generates maybe 100 fares a day at a guess. How many of these come from within 1000m radius (practical walkable distance for most of population) of the old station? And would you do this for the night service? There is almost as many through XPT services as V/line stopping and nearly 3 x the number of freight services.
Its not a conspiracy, running heavy rail through the guts of a town/city, especially a flat city like Wodonga that makes fly-overs costly just doesn't make sense anymore (with a few exceptions).
If we are all so wrong, why don't you share with us your alternative rail plan for Wodonga?