Better Connecting bus with Maryborough and Echuca trains

 
  beanzs27 Assistant Commissioner

i believe the Victorian budget allowed for a 2nd Weekday Maryborough train.

Is it now time to change the Vline buses to meet the Maryborough train rather than continue on to Ballarat.

Looking at the Donald & Mildura bus timetable Each town has 2 stops one at the station and one in Town.
For example Talbot now has a stop in town and at the railway station

However, currently only the down Friday Donald bus matches closely to the current train times.

From my understanding Maryborough and Echuca are the only Victorian terminus station without timetabled connecting bus service.

Echuca is a bit more complicated with three ways to get to Melbourne directly via Bendigo, Heathcote and Murchison East

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  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Agreed...ultimately Maryborough should be the starting off point for the Donald bus. This would also accelerate the Donald timetable as it wouldn't be weaving around the countryside between Ballarat and Maryborough.

Also don't get me started on my opinion that the VLocity should also be extended to St Arnaud...oops that would soon require a standard gauge VLocity.

Mike.
  JimYarin Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Can you Mike confirm the second daily service to Maryborough is included in the budget?
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Can you Mike confirm the second daily service to Maryborough is included in the budget?
JimYarin

Yes, definitely...so put Maryborough on your list for a day out soon...

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/getting-it-done-for-central-victoria/

More services are coming, too. $280 million will fund 27 new VLocity carriages, and $131 million will increase passenger rail services for Ballarat, Traralgon, Geelong, Shepparton, Bendigo and Warrnambool. This means that the Bendigo line will have an additional two off-peak return services every day. There will also be an extra weekday off-peak return service for the Maryborough line. The Budget also includes $2 million to undertake the detailed planning needed to upgrade the Bendigo line.

Mike.
  MetroFemme Chief Train Controller

Were additional services requested by local communities and that is why the second service was funded? Ballarat is going through a growth phase I suppose.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
The whole coach network needs a revamp. It's time we focused more on travel to, from and between the regional cities more than travel to/from Melbourne.
  kuldalai Chief Commissioner

Can you Mike confirm the second daily service to Maryborough is included in the budget?

Yes, definitely...so put Maryborough on your list for a day out soon...

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/getting-it-done-for-central-victoria/

More services are coming, too. $280 million will fund 27 new VLocity carriages, and $131 million will increase passenger rail services for Ballarat, Traralgon, Geelong, Shepparton, Bendigo and Warrnambool. This means that the Bendigo line will have an additional two off-peak return services every day. There will also be an extra weekday off-peak return service for the Maryborough line. The Budget also includes $2 million to undertake the detailed planning needed to upgrade the Bendigo line.

Mike.
The Vinelander
It is understood on Weekdays the 0917  Dn Wendouree will split at Ballarat with trailing portion going onto Maryborough .
On the Up  the former VLP proposal was for a 1300 ish  Up Maryborough  attaching at Ballarat to the 1414  Up Wendouree .
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
The whole coach network needs a revamp. It's time we focused more on travel to, from and between the regional cities more than travel to/from Melbourne.
railblogger

If locals suggested that's a need in their communities, then it will have been taken on board.

Let's see what the very comprehensive PT study brings when that report is released soon.

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