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THE latest Victorian country rail timetable has revealed some train services are slowing down.
That’s despite a $3.8 billion upgrade that created separate train lines via a 47.5km duplication for Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo lines.
Hundreds of passengers complained to V/Line through social media after the timetable was launched last week, with changes to begin from June 21.
The regional rail link through the inner suburbs of Melbourne is the biggest transport infrastructure upgrade in Australia over the past decade.
Rail Revival Alliance president Noel Laidlaw said in the new timetable, the morning train from Maryborough to Melbourne was seven minutes slower.
He said many people expected journey times would be faster after the new link was opened.
“Overall, the much heralded completion of work has done precious little for many regional and rural Victorians,” Mr Laidlaw said.
A Public Transport Victoria spokesman said the new timetable was about providing more customers more frequent train services, improving reliability and, where possible, improving journey times.
“Providing more frequent and consistent services reduces customers’ journey times overall, as they have many more options on when to travel and don’t have to wait for long periods of times between services,” the spokesman said.
He said the new timetable added 200 services weekly between Geelong and Melbourne.
Ballarat has an extra morning and evening peak service and there will be more frequent services between Bacchus Marsh and Southern Cross stations during peak times.
The spokesman said some journey times had been cut, notably on trips from Bendigo to Melbourne.
This article first appeared on www.weeklytimesnow.com.au
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