The point was raised earlier, but as the substitute bus services are running until Sunday, I wouldn't be surprised if the opening was held off until Monday. Anyway, lots of tested over the last couple of days, and a fair amount today, will be nice to have the service back on track.The Adelaide Metro website article stated (yes, even though they are worse liars than the Murdoch/Rinehart cartels) that for the first 48 hours of train service, the substitute buses would continue to operate.
FIVE peak-hour Belair train services will terminate at Blackwood under changes announced last week.I'd suggest there is a simple solution to this. Given that it is a capacity issue to terminate them at Blackwood, the capacity could be fixed by a loop or roaming bus to Belair from Blackwood, it if ran via Main Rd, Sheoak Rd, Upper Sturt and Laffers Rd, that connects with the intermediate services. In the mornings it could be timed to arrive 5 minutes before the Blackwood Departures. 3 hours of loops isn't unreasonable, and not just that it could be more convenient to some passenger then the stations given that it could set down anywhere it is safe. IIRC, the G22 has a connecting service at Aberfoyle Hub between 3pm and 7pm that can drop people home. As their metroticket/card is valid for two hours, it really isn't an extra stretch.
While the total number of trains has increased, services to Glenalta, Pinera and Belair stations will be limited between 4.45pm and 7pm weekdays. Of the nine evening peak hour services, only four will travel all the way to Belair.
Some Hills commuters say the changes will put more pressure on parking near Blackwood station, which is already at a premium.
Blackwood resident Gayle, who did not want her last name published, sent a complaint letter to Transport Services Minister Chloe Fox.
"This dramatic reduction of service, in the important peak times, is not acceptable," she said.
"I have patiently put up with the train service being out to see it resume with a reduced service.
"There are very few buses to and from the main road near Glenalta station and the train was the only regular public transport option."
She said the change would also have a negative impact on streets surrounding Blackwood Station.
"(It) will result in more people trying to park at Blackwood and Coromandel stations that are already full and overflowing to the neighbouring streets," Gayle said.
Coromandel East resident Roma Muzzatti also feared the move would clog up Blackwood streets, or stop people from returning to the train service altogether.
"Usually the (Blackwood Station) carpark is full, even during school holidays,'' she said.
"By cutting those services, the people who are using their cars will just continue to use them, which means getting from Blackwood and Belair through to the city will continue to be difficult."
Frances Corrigan, who uses Pinera Station, was disappointed.
"It appears slightly underhanded to make these significant changes following the long closure of the line without clearly alerting patrons," Ms Corrigan said.
Greens MLC Mark Parnell, who alerted the Mitcham &Hills Messenger to the timetable changes, said he would speak with users of the three stations about the impact of the new timetable.
"The good aspects (of the timetable changes) are the extra late night services … the Sunday timetable is the same as the Saturday and increase in peak services for most of the line," Mr Parnell said.
"The bad is we're not sure whether the people at Belair, Pinera and Glenalta need their service sacrificed to improve other services."
A Transport Department spokeswoman said the department had received 12 complaints about the new timetable.
She said the timetable had been designed to provide "optimum services for Belair customers".
Meanwhile, services on the Belair line are due to resume tomorrow after a six-month closure to allow for work to separate the commuter and freight lines at Goodwood.
That will kill your plan for a tram interchange....It sure would but it might be the way to go though, as I am amazed that it was not removed entirely to make the underpass and other works here. Remove two stations and replace with only one and it would save a couple of minutes at most.
Is the line to Belair now open to regular service? I thought I heard mention of a train to there on a return trip early Sat morn.
No mention in either Sat Adv or Sun Mail that I could see.
Saw a pair of 3000's with a few passengers, (sorry didn't get numbers) heading to Belair through the Millswood loop early afternoon.Thanks for that.
I'm pretty sure that I saw a very quick story on channel 7 news last night, I stand to be corrected though. It was that short that if you blinked, you missed it!I suppose since both the Crows or Power were still yet to play at that point of the weekend, this could have been a good way to fill a few seconds on a very slow news day.