Earlier this week, I met with Minister Chloe Fox's Chief of Staff and Emma Thomas, who is Rail Commissioner and and Deputy CEO of DPTI. I wanted to know their thinking behind the new "temporary" Belair timetable that sees peak hour services to and from Belair, Pinera & Glenalta reduced to a 30 minute service.
The answer was that they were committed to a 15 minute peak frequency and that the only way to do this was to provide less services to the 3 stations at the end of the line due to single track running. In other words, it is impossible to sustain a 15 minute frequency if those stations are included.
However, I’m sure it can be done. It only takes 6 mins for a train to get from Blackwood to Belair. I know that the idea of a short shuttle service between Belair & Blackwood was considered and rejected. I don't think it would have been popular in any event.
I'm getting lots of emails from Mitcham Hills residents unhappy with the current plans. Because the "temporary" timetable will have to be revised when the new Wayville Station opens for business, now is the time to tweak services to best serve as many passengers as we can. We don't want to sacrifice the improvement to peak services from Blackwood to the City, but if tweaking a minute or two here and there would help the last 3 stations, it might be worth it.
I'm interested in any suggestions from people on this forum as to how to deliver more frequent services on the whole line. I'll track replies, but equally happy for people to email me direct to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Parnell MLC, Parliamentary leader, Greens SA