Just got home from the St Kilda v Hawthorn game.
Connex Melbourne's web site says:
*Please note the network improvements for Saturday 20 September
will be altered to enable two footy specials to operate through to Sandringham
(commencing at 9.36pm). All normal services will terminate at Elsternick as
Wrong. A lie.
We were on the 9.36pm. It terminated at Elsternwick and along with 300 other people we were booted off. Luckily we were at the front of the train and got off first, and made it to the one – yup one – bus which then meandered down to Hampton. Pity the other 270 people who missed out.
As we walked home, lo and behold a train rolled into Hampton Station – the 9.56 which DID go through. 20 extra minutes to get home with 2 tired children.
And St Kilda played like a pack of deadbeats. Horrible night 😦
It's hard to conceive of a more idiotic notion than scheduling bus replacements for the Sandringham trains on the night of a preliminary footy final. Along with hundreds of other people we've just been forced off the train at Elsternick and we're now trundling home on a bus. If Connex Melbourne management was wondering why passengers think they are complete prats – this is why.
Just saw a TV ad for Sorbent toilet tissue, where the key pitch – I swear this is true – is that because the roll is longer you’ll spend less time changing toilet rolls and more quality time with your family. And delivered with a straight face. It’s so easy to despair when this is as good as professional marketing can manage.