Train this morning right in the middle of morning peak on the Mernda line, trains departing Mernda every 6-7 minutes.
- Seats all gone by South Morang.
- Crush load after Thornbury (people scooting up and down the platform to find space).
- People left behind from Clifton Hill all the way to the city (possibly even at Rushall as well).
I know this kind of thing happens all over the city, but for many relief is coming in a few years: MM1 will bring bigger trains and lots of capacity for Sunbury and Dandenong; the extra loop paths freed up will help Upfield and Craigieburn in the North and Frankston and Sandringham (maybe) in the South. Newport group has plenty of spare capacity already and while Burnley group needs some love, some duplication and timetable rationalisation could go a long way.
That leaves Mernda and Hurstbridge. Can't really run more than the 20tph from Clifton Hill - Flinders Platform 1 - City Loop than they do already in peak as they already never keep to timetable in the morning. Any periphery improvements seem minimal at best: they might add one extra train. Beyond that there is... no plan? MM2 if it ever happens is over a decade away, so in the meantime I guess we just jam in tighter?