According to my friend, SAR_T186, the N5 is awesome, and is about 2-3 minutes quicker than the train. The N3 takes him 10 minutes longer than the train to get to work.
That might be compared to a stop at all stations train in the morning but if you usually catch the express, it's quite slow.
It would also be good if the bus drivers could drive in a straight line on the expressway instead of army driving - left, right, left etc........ Either the drivers are poor or more likely the buses have worn out steering components and should be removed from service before someone gets hurt. They're using what I believe to be the old O-Bahn buses
Whoever made the timetable is very optomistic. They've allowed only 25 minutes to travel from the Noarlunga Interchange, go through the slow point in Colannades shopping centre and then onto Oaklands via the expressway. At that time of morning I would be lucky to get from Noarlunga to Oaklands in 25 minutes in my car let alone in a bus.
Consequently most of the N5 buses don't meet up with the corresponding trains as 'suggested' in the timetable, and talking to several other passengers using other bus substitute services, they are experiencing the same delays.
So instead of the previous train trip on the Noarlunga to Adelaide express of approx 35 minutes, and the now timetabled advertised N5 plus Oaklands semi-express of 47 minutes, the reality is the trip is taking approx an hour on the majority of occasions which is a significant increase on the pre-upgrade travel time.
And then there is Transadelaide - do the management know how to run a railway?
Prior to the closure, there was the Noarlunga express leaving at 5.10 consisting recently of 3 2000 class cars, the 5.14 was 3 2000 class and the 5.18 was 4 2000 class cars. All these services were pretty full, standing room only. So in a period of 10 minutes a total of 10 railcars left heading south that were pretty full.
So how many railcars do you think the 5.20 semi-express to Oaklands has rostered. 5 - 4? - 3 - yep 3 cars. They shoudl have at least 4 if not 5.
How many railcars can they fit in the stations anyway these days? I remember many years ago of regular morning trips on 7 car redhen and 6 and 5 car jumbo services from Marino Rocks to the city. These days the most you usually see are 4 car services.
Anyway, hopefully this week will start to see some changes for the better.