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BENDIGO commuters have slammed the latest changes to V/Line services, saying they will unnecessarily add to travel times and jeopardise jobs.
One man has given up a lucrative position in Melbourne because of frequent train delays.
New timetable changes have others considering whether they can continue to commute.
The new timetable comes into force today, blowing out travel times from Bendigo to Melbourne to more than two-and-a-half hours for the 5.35am service.
The timetable changes are part of the Regional Fast Rail works, with trains returning to the line between Melbourne and Kyneton.
Commuters say they received little notification of the new timetable and have demanded a return of express bus services.
The timetable will be the last before the completion of works on the Bendigo line, due at the end of this year or early next year.
However, the return of full services will come too late for Mark Little, who recently stood down from a public service position in Melbourne because of what he described as incompetent services.
"I've purchased an annual ticket and I was paying for a service that I was not receiving," he said.
"It's just ridiculous."
Mr Little said bus services had run smoothly, but there were frequent long delays to train services.
"It's really a joke. It's like we are being told fast rail is going to be great, but we are all supposed to suffer in the meantime."
Mr Little's brother, Greg, works as an information technology project manager in Melbourne and has also had to consider leaving his job.
"My concern is that without any consultation with people who are using the service they have implemented times that are 25 per cent longer."
'`It has just about made me wonder if it is worth working in Melbourne any more."
Mr Little said his family life had been affected by the frequent delays and changes to services.
"It's a large part of the day when you are not with your family... not as efficient at work - it is like being treated as a second-class citizen."
The timetable changes were announced on Friday, and included mistakes that V/Line has since been forced to correct.
V/Line communications manager Dionne Lew said V/Line had indicated that a new timetable would be introduced shortly.
She encouraged people with concerns to telephone 1800 800 120.
"We appreciate that feedback we have had in the past and we have tweaked the timetable numerous times," Ms Lew said.
"And, if possible, we will continue to tweak it."
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