Government vows to restore Ballarat line performance

 
  dean65 Locomotive Driver

Location: Ballarat
Government vows to restore Ballarat line performance.
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THE Napthine government used timetable manipulation on the Ballarat train line to achieve performance, according to the new government.
The Courier has previously reported on small increases in the timetable which have left many confused by how travel times could balloon out in such a short period of time.
The timetabled service increased from 61 minutes in 2006 to 74 minutes currently for the popular 9am arrival in Melbourne train.
Since 2010, the service had increased by 10 of those 13 minutes, with the pattern replicated across the majority of journeys.
Bob Neilson, a spokesman for Public Transport Minister  Jacinta Allan, gave a clear reason for these changes.
“There is no doubt that the previous Liberal government built their performance on timetable manipulation,” he said. “The Andrews Labor government will look to return service times and reverse the deterioration in services Ballarat commuters experienced under the previous Liberal government.”
With five straight months of positive punctuality results for V/Line, commuters have been left wondering if this was a result of the consistent increases in the timetabled journey or thanks to the high-profile Regional Rail Link Project.
However, little is known about what further improvements will need to be done on the line to achieve a quicker service.
The much-talked-about 60-minute service seems to be dead and buried, with neither side of politics wanting to commit to the idea when The Courier asked in 2014.


A passing loop set to be constructed at Rowsley may be one of the most important aspects of the train line to decrease the number of delays and improve travel times.
The passing loop was a commitment from the Liberal Party as far back as 2010, however, construction is only getting under way this year.
These passing loops are seen by many in the rail industry as being keys to improving the service and cutting out delays for the growing number of people commuting on the Ballarat line.
Wendouree MP Sharon Knight said she would be meeting Ms Allan to look at ways to reduce the ballooning travel time to Melbourne.
However, Ms Knight would not commit to working towards the return of the Ballarat express service which was cut in 2011.
“What I am going to be doing is speaking to the public transport minister about reducing travel times because they got longer under the Liberal government,” she said.
“There could be a range of ways to do that – we need to look at all the different options.”

matthew.dixon@fairfaxmedia.com.au

The Courier

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  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
I had suspected ad much. I don't for one minute believe the timetable manipulation is confined to the ballarat line.

What is missing from the article is why the times have increased  or needed to be increased.

What is the underlying problem ? Track issues ?
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
I had suspected ad much. I don't for one minute believe the timetable manipulation is confined to the ballarat line.

What is missing from the article is why the times have increased  or needed to be increased.

What is the underlying problem ? Track issues ?
freightgate

Some portion of the increases would be for 'recovery time'. I went on a trip to Ballarat a few months back - we dawdled out of SC, and not a lot faster to Sunshine (before RRL tracks were ready), and by Ballan were just over 10 minutes late and we even took the "Loop" via Wallace - yet we arrived at Ballarat almost exactly on time!!

That way they avoid that other pain in a politicians neck - explaining why trains are running late.

The NSW Government eliminated a lot of late running a few years ago by simply issuing a new, but slower, timetable for the entire Metro area.
  kuldalai Chief Commissioner

Mulder let V/Line get away with blue murder.  VLP have continually added  fat into the schedules to protect the time keeping in all Inter urban corridors.

Hopefully the 04/15 RRL  tt will achieve a better timetable with realistic recovery margins and running times.

On the Inter-urban corridors the following capital works are needed within the next 4 - 8 years  to support VLP  :

Geelong Line -   Crossing loop and second platform at South Geelong.
Ballarat Line -  Crossing Loop @ Rowsley (Funded for 2015/16 construction), crossover at Warrenheip to allow  VLP double track Ballarat - Warrenheip,  duplication  Melton - Rockbank - Deer Park West.
Bendigo Line -  Extension of the existing short Castlemaine Loop in a Down direction to Harcourt.
Seymour Line - Progressive replacement of archaic  double line block safeworking and mechanical signalling.
Traralgon Line -  Track duplication Bunyip - Longwarry, provision of second platform at Moe, re-commissioning of the platform at the original station at Traralgon to provide two platforms at Traralgon .
  8077 Chief Train Controller

Location: Crossing the Rubicon
When all is said and done what if anything rail did the former coalition government deliver for Victoria?
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
A crossing loop on the Warrnambool Line, a new station opened at Talbot, some minor signalling upgrades, and, um, something else, um, I'm sure there was something else...

... no, it really was 4 years of pork barrelling and not much else.
  Calgully Deputy Commissioner

Location:
A crossing loop on the Warrnambool Line, a new station opened at Talbot, some minor signalling upgrades, and, um, something else, um, I'm sure there was something else...

... no, it really was 4 years of pork barrelling and not much else.
Gman_86

Also some new rollingstock - Xtrapolii and Vlocitii
Grade Separation at Springvale, Sunshine x 2
Extension from Epping to South Morang
One additional service per day from Shepparton (one way)
New station at Waurn Ponds and extension of services from Marshall.
A new Station at Epsom and additional daily services to Epsom and Eaglehawk
Opening of stages 1 & 2 of RRL - Sunshine to Southern Cross
2 additional platforms at Southern Cross
Extension of electrification from Watergardens to Sunbury.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
The two Anderson Rd Grade seperations in Sunshine were a part of the RRL, which was commisioned and payed for by the Bracks Government (with Federal funding, again Labor), it was just mostly completed under Baillieu and Napthine. Same goes for the Epping line upgrade/ extension, and Sunbury electrification. Yes, there were new stations built at Epsom and Waurn Ponds, but where was the promised (and supposidly funded) Southland station? Will it ever eventuate?

I was a bit flippant with my earlier comments regarding the lack of rail expenditure by the previous Coalition government, but they didn't achieve anywhere near as much as they took to the previous election. Most people were under the impression before the 2010 election that they were going to have a heavy PT lean, the truth was very distant from that. The padding in the Ballarat timetable, and others, just goes to show more proof of this.
  damooops Junior Train Controller

Location: The Revenue Raising State
Mulder let V/Line get away with blue murder.  VLP have continually added  fat into the schedules to protect the time keeping in all Inter urban corridors.

Hopefully the 04/15 RRL  tt will achieve a better timetable with realistic recovery margins and running times.

On the Inter-urban corridors the following capital works are needed within the next 4 - 8 years  to support VLP  :

Geelong Line -   Crossing loop and second platform at South Geelong.
Ballarat Line -  Crossing Loop @ Rowsley (Funded for 2015/16 construction), crossover at Warrenheip to allow  VLP double track Ballarat - Warrenheip,  duplication  Melton - Rockbank - Deer Park West.
Bendigo Line -  Extension of the existing short Castlemaine Loop in a Down direction to Harcourt.
Seymour Line - Progressive replacement of archaic  double line block safeworking and mechanical signalling.
Traralgon Line -  Track duplication Bunyip - Longwarry, provision of second platform at Moe, re-commissioning of the platform at the original station at Traralgon to provide two platforms at Traralgon .
kuldalai
G'day Kuldalai. I agree with most of your suggested improvements, but I would also put a second platform at Marshall, reopen Geelong racecourse as a crossing loop (possibly duplicate to South Geelong), The Bendigo line would be progressively duplicated all the way back to Bendigo from Kyneton. A second platform at Morwell utilising a small part of the old coal sidings line wouldn't go astray either. Also what would you replace Double Line Block on the Seymour line with? It is currently our most reliable safeworking system even though it is labour intensive. Even when the instruments fail, trains can still do line speed, whereas on RFR lines when there is a failure, trains are down to 25 KPH for entire sections.
Cheers all.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Some great comments.

Mulder should hang his head in shame.

On the reverse hat has labour done ?  They approved and began the rrl. This was part Victorian and part federal funding.

Provided money for line changes up here which hae taken services backwards.

Mulder was prepared to walk away from rail funding for Vline but was happy to spend $10b on a road tunnel only the road transport industry wanted. And even then it would have created a traffic disaster.

Also no funding except rainbow for freight despite request for regional freight upgrades.

How is Victoria to cope in future if the same poor quality politicians continue through the system ?
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
When all is said and done what if anything rail did the former coalition government deliver for Victoria?
8077

New stations and services to Epsom, Waurn Ponds and Talbot.

I believe 10 new sparks and 43 VLocity carriages now being delivered.

Mike.

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