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New train timetable delivers 90 extra weekly Metro trips and extension of electrification to Sunbury

Monday, 15 October 2012

New Metro and V/Line train timetables from 18 November 2012 will boost the number of weekly Metro train trips by a further 90, extend Metro suburban trains from Watergardens to Diggers Rest and Sunbury, alter bus routes in Melbourne’s northwest to provide improved connections with trains and make more seats available on some country rail lines, Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder said today.

“Since its election, the Victorian Coalition Government has delivered 1,078 new weekly Metro train trips across Melbourne and more than 2,000 extra weekly bus trips. The extra 90 trains a week will be a great help to commuters on the Sunbury (formerly Sydenham) line along with Craigieburn and Upfield. There is also an extra morning weekday peak hour train from Westall on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines,” Mr Mulder said.

“Other benefits include an extra morning peak hour train stopping at Laburnum to assist students, an extra evening peak hour train stopping at Hawksburn, Toorak and Armadale and slightly faster, morning peak hour trains on the Frankston line.

“There will be an extra morning peak train from Bacchus Marsh and Melton and an extra afternoon train to Melton. The Upfield line benefits from a train every 18 minutes during weekday daytimes, instead of every 20 minutes. Connecting times at Newport for the Altona Loop and Laverton shuttle will reduce from seven to four minutes.”

Mr Mulder said the changes followed successful completion of the $270 million Sunbury electrification.

“46 bus timetables in the northwestern suburbs will change from 18 November to provide better train connections for thousands of commuters,” Mr Mulder said.

Public Transport Victoria (PTV) Chair and Chief Executive Ian Dobbs said train and bus timetables in the northwest had been re-written to improve connections between the modes.

“PTV is focused on improving the whole journey for commuters. This guides the extensive planning that goes into implementing a new timetable. We will continue to revamp the network to help maximise capacity and provide better connections between trains, trams and buses,” Mr Dobbs said.

The new timetable is the third change to Melbourne’s train network in the last 18 months.

Metro Chief Executive Andrew Lezala said the timetables had also helped untangle the rail network and increase reliability for passengers across Melbourne.

“Metro’s punctuality has improved markedly in the last 18 months, with September’s on-time running of 93.1 per cent, the highest since the franchise began,” Mr Lezala said.

Timetables are available now on the PTV website. Printed timetables will be available at premium stations in coming weeks.

For all your public transport information, visit www.ptv.vic.gov.au or telephone 1800 800 007 from 6am to midnight daily.

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