I wish they'd think twice about putting escalators in at Adelaide station, they've had nothing but trouble with the ones here in Victoria. ...
Even more relevantly, the escalators at the southern end of the underpass leading out of Adelaide Station spend most of the time with at least one of the four out of action. Ignoring experience from interstate is one thing, ignoring experience on home turf - inside the same facility at that
is plain stupidity.
Having said that, the sets further up inside Station Arcade are rarely out of action. Maybe the fact that there are businesses depending on having convenient access instead of just a public-operated job scheme (aka Adelaide Metro) might have something to do with it.
Are they actually going to put a Woolies in there? I would think the location would be a tad difficult - I can't imagine where they would have a loading dock for truck access if the Woolies goes where the old ticket offices are.
Stock would have to be moved in rollcages from the northern entrance, which would be comparable to the distances that nightfill workers run rollcages from the loading dock to shelves in conventional full-sized supermarkets.
Just for an exercise in comparison, the full length
of the concourse is about 110 metres. Woolworths at Aberfoyle Park (a medium-sized Woolworths) is roughly 60x40 metres in size, while the large Foodland at Pasadena is about 50x90 metres. What these places don't have is a straight run across a station concourse, the nightfill crews have to weave around all sorts of obstacles.
Is the former ticket office location the only spot a new convenience store could go? What is behind the eastern side of the concourse north of where the ramp comes down? Wasn't there space that was rented by State Opera or something behind there at one point?