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Trains will run every 20 minutes during peak times from Ballarat to Melbourne, as part of a timetable shake-up for Victoria's second-busiest regional rail line.
Victoria's Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said 125 additional train services would be added to the Ballarat network from January, 2021.
"Forty-five of those 125 services will be peak services, 30 of those will be starting and finishing here at Ballarat station."
Trains will run every 40 minutes during off-peak times.
"It's a big overhaul of our regional train timetable [and a] a big boost on top of what the Ballarat line services have today," Ms Allan said.
She said the extra services would be made possible as a result of hundreds of millions of dollars in upgrades to the Ballarat rail line, including new passing loops, improvements to tracks and signalling and additional platforms.
The works are due to be completed by January next year.
"All of that massive investment means that we can run these extra services," Ms Allan said.
"[It] really is about supporting Ballarat passengers having more choice about how they move around the state, particularly with that connection to Melbourne."
Commuters welcome 'smoother journey' to comeBallarat Public Transport Users Association branch convenor Ben Lever said the increased services would help meet rapidly growing patronage on the line matching the regional city's booming population.
"It's going to take advantage of the new infrastructure that's been built over the past couple of years and will mean that we'll go from kind of a roughly 30-minute service in the peak to a 20-minute service, and it should be much more consistent than the previous one," he said.
"It'll present a lot more choice for people of when to travel, hopefully reduce the crowding, and make for a much smoother journey."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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