Took a train from Melb to Ballarat and back. Then a train to Bendigo and back. All were slow and late. As far as I'm concerned; it is not possible to commute from regional Victoria.What times did you take the Bendigo train? From my experience they usually aren't that late.
Off peak, and very late. 20 minutes to half hour. But I've been told if you get the early trains there are no seats, and by checking the timetables, don't seem that fast. Sorry been living in Europe. Will the new lines being constructed in Melb make any difference, and will they be opened before the whole project is completed? I have also been told that during summer the speeds are reduced-don't know why! And why is much of the Bendigo line only one line?Trains are slower in the summer on very hot days because the track is prone to heat stress. However, compared to Europe Australian country trains are in the stone age.
Trains are slower in the summer on very hot days because the track is prone to heat stress. However, compared to Europe Australian country trains are in the stone age.
Agreed. But Vline trains between Melbourne and Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Traralgon run at the fastest speed of any trains in Australia. They are very busy in peak times because there are so many people commuting from those cities now. So obviously its possible because many do it - and there is still unfulfilled demand that will be partly met by additional trains to be delivered in the next year or so.We badly need double track all the way to Ballarat. The Regional Rail Link may speed things up by a few minutes.
But I've been told if you get the early trains there are no seats,There are no seats because there are so many commuters. If you get on at an originating station you should get a seat. It is no different to suburban peak hour trains anywhere in the world, including Europe...
According to Vline annual report, there has been sustained patronage growth over the past number of years. Much of this would be commuters from these cities.Hence the requirement to carry with me a folding stool every morning
or over the 7 year period that's a 114% increase.
- 2005 7.25m
- 2006 7.64m +5%
- 2007 9.72m +27%
- 2008 11.96m +23%
- 2009 13.17m +10%
- 2010 13.71m +4%
- 2011 14.65m +7%
- 2012 15.55m +6%
The document also quotes 5 year patronage increases 2007-2012 for each of the commuter lines
- Geelong +52%
- Bendigo +57%
- Ballarat +71%
- Gippsland +94%
- Seymour +22%
Judging by the contents of the original post I think the OP is trying to commute TO regional cities rather than FROM them, yes?
Took a train from Melb to Ballarat and back. Then a train to Bendigo and back. All were slow and late. As far as I'm concerned; it is not possible to commute from regional Victoria.
As far as I'm concerned; it is not possible to commute from regional Victoria.It's more possible to commute to or from regional Victoria than to commute to or from regional Britain. Overcrowding and high costs in Britain makes it hard to commute. Not to mention capacity issues.
I would think the phrases "from Melb to Ballarat and back" and "to Bendigo and back" were more deserving of being bolded in that quote, Railblogger.Except that they were referring to two journeys that s/he took. I would have thought that if s/he wanted to commute to regional Victoria, s/he would have wrote that.