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An extra 450 weekly train services will be added to timetables in Melbourne in Victoria in a shake-up being hailed as biggest change since the creation of the City Loop.
Public Transport Minister Ben Carroll will on Tuesday unveil a new timetable that encourages commuters to travel outside peak hour, with discount fares and extra services spread across the day.
Of the new services, 280 will be in metropolitan Melbourne and is expected to provide capacity for an extra 100,000 passengers each week.
The state government also expects the changes will reduce overcrowding for more than 24,000 passenger, with 7100 fewer people forced to stand.
The new timetable will come into effect on January 31 2021.
More trips will be spread throughout different parts of the day in an effort to get more passengers travelling outside the peak and maintain social distancing under coronavirus regulations.
A push is underway to encourage workers to commute outside peak hour. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Sarah Matray
An off-peak discount of 30 per cent will apply on metropolitan train services for three months once the new timetable is rolled out.
Commuters in the southeast will also have to adjust to new changes to the way certain train lines feed into the City Loop.
All Frankston services will now run direct to Flinders Street Station, rather than the loop, where they will then continue to Werribee and Williamstown via Southern Cross.
Cranbourne and Pakenham services run through the City Loop anticlockwise to accomodate for new High Capacity Metro Trains expected to be rolled out in 2021
Regional rail upgrades will also allow Ballarat V/Line services to run every 20 minutes in the peak and 40-minutes off peak.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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