The wide barrier on the footbridge is open at all times to allow people from Ballarat, Bendigo and from 2015/16 Geelong customers when platform 3 opens to easily change trains to the City Loop (Platform 1's wide barrier is also open for the same reason)
If they are going to keep barriers open, then what is the bloody point of having them in the first place?!?!?! Gosh, PTV/DOT is still full of wankers.
Build an integrated ticketing system, operate it as two separate systems. Not just Footscray, but Southern Cross too. Wonderful logic.