|Some seats have been returned to platforms 4/5|
After my original post (here), I emailed Metro and received what I gather was a standard reply. It explained that there were more trains operating from this pair of platforms and they were stopping for a shorter time, so they wanted to allow "improved passenger movement". But they said they were "reviewing this and exploring options available to ensure that some seating is provided for our special needs customers". So, credit to Metro for being prepared to adjust their thinking.
|But there are still marks where other seats once were!|
It's interesting, isn't it, that in the two random pictures that I took, most people are sitting and hardly anyone is standing! Admittedly this was at a quiet time but it does show that the seats are appreciated. And no, this wasn't contrived - I only had a short time to take the photos before catching my train (on a different platform).
EDIT: 2 weeks later, the Herald-Sun catches up with the reinstatement of the seats! This article appeared on 17 December (even though it's filed on the web-site in the local news area): http://melbourne-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/fight-for-flinders-st-station-seats/