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Cranbourne public transport users can expect a major shake-up to the busy and delay-plagued railway line.
Public Transport Minister Ben Carroll announced the changes on Tuesday, which will include Cranbourne and Pakenham services to run through the City Loop anticlockwise to accommodate for new High Capacity Metro Trains expected to be rolled out in January 2021.
An additional 450 weekly train services will also be added to timetables in Melbourne.
Commuters will also receive a 30 per cent discount on trips made outside peak hour next year in a bid to encourage users to use public during less busy periods.
The Leader has spoken to several Cranbourne commuters, who say they are “disappointed” by the changes, fearing it could add extra time onto their trips.
Commuter Lynn Bray, who gets off frequently at Parliament train station, said the changes were frustrating.
“This is terrible for me as I get on and off at Parliament, so my trip will now be longer,” Ms Bray said.
Another Commuter, Emma, surname withheld, said the changes were “terrible”.
“Guess I’ll just have to change at Richmond every morning instead of just the ones where they run direct to Flinders St,” she said.
But some Cranbourne commuters welcomed the changes, saying it would ease congestion on the busy train line.
Linda Shaw said the timetable changes were positive.
“This is good for me travelling to Southern Cross, more services to Cranbourne would be good,” Ms Shaw said.
Other changes announced include the Frankston line being pulled from City Loop services, with passengers looking to travel to Melbourne Central, Parliament and Flagstaff stations forced to switch trains at Caulfield or Richmond.
The revamp is also set to add extra services on the Cranbourne and Pakenham, Werribee, Williamstown, Upfield, Craigieburn and Sunbury lines, with 170 new peak-hour services and 300 off-peak services.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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