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CRANKY commuters are calling for more services and revamped timetables along the busy Lilydale and Belgrave train lines.
Both lines were ranked worst for overcrowding across the metropolitan network last year, according to the Eastern Transport Coalition.
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The Eastern Transport Coalition — made up of councils including Maroondah, Yarra Ranges, Knox, Whitehorse and Monash — officially launched its Fix The Belgrave and Lilydale lines campaign on May 1.
Lilydale & Yarra Valley Leader talked to commuters at Lilydale railway station, who supported more services, upgraded station and synchronised bus and train services.
Yarra Glen’s Evan Davies called the Lilydale train line “an unpleasant way to travel”.
“The whole Yarra Valley is growing. There’s a lot more houses than there used to be, so we need it (more services),” Mr Davies said.
Seville’s Rebecca Jelleff, who is pregnant, catches the train every day to get to work and does not get a seat all the way from Camberwell to Lilydale.
Yarra Valley’s Trinity Sullivan called for train and bus timetables to match up because she often waits up to an hour for a bus after her train pulls in to Lilydale station just as the bus leaves.
Yarra Ranges councillor and member of the Eastern Transport Coalition Mike Clarke said the line needs to be duplicated and the Lilydale level crossing needs to be removed.
“To fix these lines it doesn’t take a huge level of investment like the metro rail project,” Cr Clarke said.
“The Lilydale and Belgrave lines are just not seen as a growth area or a priority area and we want to change that.”
Public Transport Users Association president Tony Morton said he supported the campaign.
Mr Morton said he supported more services during the off-peak times on both the Lilydale and Belgrave lines, which he said could be done with existing infrastructure.
“There’s clearly the capacity to run services more than every half-hour, that’s all you get on a daytime service these days, and it’s increasingly inadequate for community needs,” Mr Morton said.
Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan did not respond to requests for comment.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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