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GEELONG rail commuters will be marginally better off when a new V/Line timetable comes into effect next month.
Three morning peak services to Melbourne will run a total of four minutes faster, while a number of off-peak services will take longer, according to the timetable.
In all, five services will arrive up to three minutes earlier than the previous timetable, while seven services will take up to six minutes longer.
The new timetable, effective from November 18, does not include any additional services, although the 4.47pm from Southern Cross to Geelong will now travel through to Marshall instead of terminating at Geelong.
A V/Line spokeswoman said there were only a few minor changes to the timetable for the Geelong line.
"This time around the focus was more on Sunbury because of the electrification.
"The State Government has electrified the track to Sunbury so all our services that used to look after Sunbury will be hopping on the Met now so that freed up a few trains for us to put on crowded Bacchus Marsh and Melton services. They have had quite a radical timetable change on the Bendigo line."
Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder said that while the extension of a Metro line might appear to solely benefit that particular area, its benefits extended wider with the extra seating on V/Line.
Mr Mulder said that the Ballarat, Geelong and Bendigo lines would also benefit from the Regional Rail Link due for completion in 2016.
The new timetables are available now on the V/Line and PTV website.
This article first appeared on www.geelongadvertiser.com.au
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