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UPDATE: AFTER an early crush things seem to have settled down at Tarneit and Wyndham Vale, but commuters have voiced their disgust on social media at late buses and a packed train.
Trains have started rolling through the Tarneit and Wyndham Vale stations as the long-awaited $3.65 billion Regional Rail Link opened yesterday.
Passengers are able to board trains at Wyndham Vale station every 10 minutes during peak hour and 20 minutes off peak, while trains will stop at Tarneit every 20 minutes on weekdays.
Geelong-line trains bound for Melbourne will stop at the new stations, as well as four trains originating at Wyndham Vale station in the morning peak, at 7.16am, 7.36am, 7.55am and 8.29am, to ensure locals get a seat.
Two trains will also terminate at Wyndham Vale in the afternoon peak, at 5.29pm and 5.54pm.
The new train stations will be served by Wyndham’s new bus network, which also started running yesterday.
Six bus routes will take commuters to Tarneit station, while four will stop at Wyndham Vale station.
Wyndham Council Mayor Peter Maynard said the opening would lead to massive advantages for Wyndham Vale and Tarneit residents, giving them better access to transport and co-ordinated bus and train timetables.
“Timetables have been optimised to connect trains and buses, and this means less waiting and arriving sooner,” he said.
Werribee state Labor MP Tim Pallas said locals would be able to catch a train from their doorstep for the first time.
“They will have hundreds of extra bus services to get them to work, to study or to the station to catch a train.”
“Wyndham is one of the fastest growing areas in Australia so this boost to public transport is just what we need to keep growing and thriving as a community.”
Victoria Police spokeswoman Sara-Jane Hooper said Protective Services Officers would be deployed to Tarneit and Wyndham Vale stations during the rollout of the program.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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