How is Southern Cross "the worst possible welcome to visitors?" It's the one we give them currently, right next to Marvel Stadium and the river precinct.
Have to disagree with your disagree. Nothing strange about airport passengers on a Metro train.
Besides, even IF build wiz bang express to SCS - then the passenger has to change train to Metro to go anywhere else. What advantage is that?
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My experience in Barcelona is that taking a metro train with 20 stops and an interchange between city centre and airport is not ideal.
Additionaly, Sunbury/Melton/Wyndham Vale/Bacchus Marsh/Lara are going to need as many trains as possible as they keep expanding. Can't tack the airport train onto that. Bendigo and Seymour also needs to be segregated, seems a perfect match to put Airport and Regional traffic together, especially when there will be spare paths for Airport terminating services. Can put the Airport in Zone 3/4/5 for a moderate price increase but not a drastic one.
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But we are not talking about 20 stations (how did Barcelona get mixed).
Assuming MARL goes MM1, that is 5 stops from Airport to Town Hall - let's not exaggerate the issue !
And I say again for the umpteenth time, Regional train Airport to SCS is the worst possible welcome to visitors.
That end of town is a dump. The only good thing about Spenser St is the exit.
Whatever the MARL solution ends up, fares will just be a zone on Myki after tap on, whatever is decided by the money men.
By my count, there would be at least 9 stops between the Airport and Town Hall, with a running time of about 40 minutes.
An electrified VLine linking the regions with a stop at the airport would give regional passengers their own tracks into town, plus Airport visitors a fast journey into town. Not every Bendigo train will come in full, and trains can terminate at the station from Geelong/Warragul (who would run at higher frequency).
No reason why a separate metro line via Highpoint/Keilor East couldn't also be considered as a two prong approach.
have you ever walked/trammed from SCS to the Casino or Riverbank in the evening? it's scary enough to turn around and run.
Even during the day, not impressed. PSO's at SCS are now going to patrol in day time - what does that tell you?
Heaven help a visitor that arrives at footy start/end.
9 stops only if you count every existing little station.
If your magic tunnel can by-pass stations, so can I. Most likely stops for MM1 from Airport would be
2. Footscray (and just marginal for a Werribee change)
3. North Melb (the new MARL underground)
5. State Library
6. Town Hall (lost count - big deal not)
still way less than the 20 you were postulating.
40 minutes: you must be joking. Current Sunbury SAS runs from Albion to Flinders St in 24 minutes. And that is pathetic, can do better, V/line does (sometimes).
Consider that HCMT will be a lot faster and by-pass small stations. But i'll concede maybe the same 24 minutes to Town Hall
Add back a full speed express from Albion to Airport. 14km say 7 minutes.
Total in the realm of 30 minutes to get to the centre of Melbourne (Parkville, Library or Town Hall.
A train to SCS only, cannot achieve that time to deliver passengers to where they are actually going.
As for sparks to the regions, dream on. SRL will be finished first.