Paul_Nicholson wrote:At Flemington Racecourse, I noticed a casual passenger being turned away. He could have been a local resident or racecourse worker who had walked across the car park. He was told it was unsafe for a casual passenger to board the trains.
Over the past week I have seen a number of passengers walking away from the station near Leonard Crescent, I got told by one of the customer service staff that they don't have insurance for passengers to walk through the carpark. At the west end there is
a proper footpath, but the footpath further east crosses the bus roads into and out of the interchange.
I also noticed that when a train is ready to depart the staff at the bus interchange are instructed to close the gates leading to the platform steps, to prevent any last minute runners for the train. The steps themselves are on the slippers side when it gets wet, as they are just plywood.
Paul_Nicholson wrote:I noticed the buses were travelling in "flights" of three (it was mid afternoon Friday) with only a handful of passengers in the front vehicle.
On the morning peak of July 07 I saw some flights of three buses and some of four.
Paul_Nicholson wrote:I understand it is unusual for trains to use the northern platform at Flemington Racecourse.
Race trains usually use the south platform as you can walk straight off the platform towards the grandstances, instead of walking up the hill and around the tracks at the west end, or under the tracks at the east end.
In morning peak they have a free sausage sizzle on the platform, funded by Metro and run by the local Rotary club for donations. There is also a coffee stall on the platform, but you need to pay for that.