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Commuters have expressed anger at the latest timetable changes to Bendigo's V/Line services, saying the first train into the city leaves too late and is unreliable and overcrowded.
Long-time Castlemaine commuter Rowan Wightman told ABC Central Victoria that it had always been too crowded.
"You can't sit down, there's no room for the bike to go on there," he said.
"All we need is an earlier train."
On January 31, V/Line implemented a new timetable that delayed the arrival of the first train into Bendigo by a few minutes.
The first train from Southern Cross arrives at 8:20am, but commuters say that's not good enough.
"I know people who can't catch the train because you can't get into work on time," listener Bronwyn Feary told the Breakfast program.
"I can't imagine people in Melbourne being happy getting into the CBD at 8:20 when you're a major regional hub."
Ballarat has three services that arrive before 8.30am, while Geelong has six.
Castlemaine commuter Mary Thorpe said she had been campaigning to change the timetable for years.
"I've seen people from all sectors catch this train and just about everybody over that time has said, 'I've written to the Transport Minister, or the local member, or V/Line' and it just never, ever changes.
"With the latest timetable change, it's just too late."
News to acting chiefActing V/Line chief executive Gary Liddle told the ABC he had not personally received any feedback on the issue.
"We've heard the feedback we got yesterday [on the ABC] and we look forward to more timetable changes in the future and those things will all be taken into consideration," Mr Liddle said.
Mr Liddle said V/Line could not add an extra train in the morning immediately.
"It is getting the train out of Melbourne and then the combination of regional and metropolitan trains in Melbourne, but then we've had some issues with late trains with faults," he said.
"We'll definitely look at what we can do to get an earlier train."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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