What would have happened at Oaklands then? Would there have been over hang back or forward of the platform let alone the other stations?
The present Oaklands station is new and several hundred metres on the down side of the old steam era one, accessed directly from the combined Diagonal/Morphett Roads level crossing. With a complete lack of foresight it was built short of the length necessary for a six car electric train. It is an attractive modern looking station, but is exposed to cold winds and, to a lesser extent, driving wind driven rain. There is no shelter from this.
As with many projects these days, the 'designer' look seems to be the only factor considered when planning new buildings. Why for instance, do the canopies over the platforms have to be so high? We are not ten feet tall. At the platform face the roof should be as close to the train as is safely possible, and there should be wind-breaks around the seats and automatic toilets provided as a matter of course.
While I am on the subject of Oaklands, I will again mention my favourite hobby horse. An overhead station to replace the present very conveniently accessed
one would be a total waste of money and a continuing nightmare for every passenger who will have to climb long flights of stairs or ramps or wait for lifts while they miss trains. There is ample open space and there are access roads to make a de facto roundabout around the site to take Diagonal and Morphett roads separately over the existing nearly new station and combine them nearer to Westfield Marion.
Does anyone seriously think that the Abbott government will help finance this expensive proposed white elephant in the sky when they have already declined to finance existing projects here and interstate, and the track record of conservative governments in building infrastructure is so abysmal, even when under Howard, they were rolling in mining boom money? So the traffic nightmare at that crossing will continue. Some of the members of this list may hanker for pretty designs, but I am interested in practicality.
I still hold to the belief that in infrastructure generally this otherwise wonderful country of ours is very second rate indeed.