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THE State Government has clarified claims of a “maximum 30 minute wait” for Adelaide trains after readers of The Advertiser reported anomalies.
Adelaide Metro yesterday released details of its $22 million plan to upgrade services to once every 30 minutes, which had been funded in the 2017 State Budget.
On its website it promoted the changes: “From Sunday 22 April 2018, train passengers will have more services, more often. Train service frequency will increase with scheduled services at least every 30 minutes from morning peak to last service every weekday and all day on weekends on the Belair, Gawler, Outer Harbor and Seaford train lines’’.
But following complaints on social media and The Advertiser online, a State Government spokesperson clarified that not all stations would have a train every 30 minutes during these times.
“All four major lines will have at least 30 minute frequency from their departure from the Adelaide Railway Station, or the return journey from Gawler Central, Seaford, Belair and Outer Harbor,’’ the spokesman said.
“However, to allow for more express services, some individual stations will have a service frequency of slightly more than 30 minutes at times.
“These instances were reduced as much as possible.’’
The incoming Liberal government made the changes to match a promise and commitment in the State Budget by the previous government.
The clarification explains a number of anomalies found by Advertiserreaders like Andy Welsh, who wrote to complain that; “Adelaide Metro have announced their new timetable with services at least every 30 minutes ... BUT. Commuters from Marino Rocks, Marino and Seacliff have to now wait over 30 minutes from 8:05am until 8:39am? This is an area with hardly any buses so the train is vital’’.
The clarification means on the Gawler rail line on weekends, stations between ARS and Dry Creek will be serviced once an hour to allow an express service to operate.
On the Belair line, due to the nature of the single track, “every effort was made to allow a 30 minute frequency”.
“However, in some cases it may be slightly more than 30 minutes to allow trains to pass each other,’’ the spokesman said.
On the Seaford line the spokesman said: “Services from Seaford depart approximately every 10 minutes during morning peak on weekdays’’.
But; “To facilitate express services that are necessary during these times due to high passenger loading, some stations will be serviced approximately every 30 minutes.
“Extra services are in place on all lines for Footy Express to operate before and after an AFL game.’’
All timetables are available on the Adelaide Metro website and on the MetroMate app.
This article first appeared on www.adelaidenow.com.au
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