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Lyn and Shiral can wait up to 40 minutes for a train to the city in the morning.
The Cranbourne-line commuters say they are so fed up they are planning to move closer to the city.
Only four trains run to Lynbrook in Melbourne's south-east between 7am and 9am. One cancellation can mean the couple has to wait for 40 minutes for the next train.
There is a single section of track between Dandenong and Cranbourne, which means fewer trains can run on the line and there are often delays due to bottlenecks.
Cranbourne line commuters Shiral and Lyn at Lynbrook station.CREDIT:JUSTIN MCMANUS
"Every second day I have to call Shiral and ask him to pick me up because I'm stuck somewhere, having to wait out in the cold," Lyn, who did not want her surname published, said.
"I'm moving house ... and a lot of other people have rented out their place in Cranbourne and changed their jobs because every day you're late to work."
Recently, Shiral took a pay cut to work in a new job that was closer to home.
Like many Cranbourne-line commuters, Lyn and Shiral were given some hope when Premier Daniel Andrews promised to duplicate the single track before last year's state election.
But by 2022, the year the next Victorian election is due, just a fraction of the full cost of the train upgrade will have been spent, according to this year's budget.
Budget papers show that the project's full cost is being accounted for, but just a small portion of the money has actually been budgeted over the next four years.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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