Ninety new train services on way

Next month's new Metro train timetable will add 90 new services. Photo: Rebecca Hallas

Ninety new train services will be added to Melbourne’s metro rail network next month, mostly along the Sunbury line, when a new timetable commences on November 18.

But V/Line passengers travelling beyond Sunbury to Bendigo, Echuca and Swan Hill face an extra five to 10 minutes’ travel time from that date, to make way for the extra Metro trains travelling on the line.

A handful of extra peak-hour Metro services will also be added on the Craigieburn and Upfield lines, as well as new peak-hour V/Line trains for Melton and Bacchus Marsh.

Metro chief executive Andrew Lezala said the timetable change, the third for Melbourne in 18 months, marked “another step towards providing a genuine metro-style service for Melbourne”.

“With this change we’re a step closer to a turn-up-and-go service, where customers won’t need to know the timetable because they’ll know it’s only a few minutes’ wait for the next train,” Mr Lezala said.

Adam Carey, The Age, 15 October 2012

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