Melbourne's train system is the backbone of Melbourne's public transport system; but it needs a chiropractor to bring it up to the demands of the 21st century. The present system is designed to carry people from the suburbs towards and away from the city. Unfortunately, only a quarter of journeys around Melbourne fit the system. Most journeys don't. More than half of all journeys are essentially local, and trains are only useful for a tiny fraction of such trips; trams, where they operate, carry their share of people making such relatively short journeys. This leaves a sixth or so of journeys that are too long for trams (or buses) to offer competitive journey times but where the only way to use the train system is to travel to an inner Melbourne station and change. About a third of car users would take a train if it was quick, convenient and went where they wanted to go; so the real challenge is making public transport relevant to these potential users.