June 26, 2015

MORE CARRIAGES TO BE ADDED TO THE BALLARAT LINE

The Andrews Labor Government will add more train carriages to the Ballarat line within weeks to further bolster capacity during the morning and evening peak.

Geoff Howard announced two extra carriages would begin running on the Ballarat line during the morning and evening peak from early next month.

The timetable change that came into effect on 21 June with the completion of Regional Rail Link provides an additional service every morning and evening for Ballarat commuters as well as additional peak services for Bacchus Marsh commuters.

As people get used to the new timetable, V/Line is experiencing some boarding delays which is impacting on the punctuality of services. Performance is already getting better and is expected to improve further over the coming days.

V/Line is monitoring patronage across the network daily and will use this data to determine the best allocation of the new carriages for the Ballarat line when they come into service.

One of the biggest issues regional services face is the legacy of four years of almost complete inaction from the former Liberal Government.

Their failure to order a single new V/Line carriage in two years meant the opening of Regional Rail Link had to be delayed, and is an ongoing constraint on the increase of capacity on the Ballarat line.

The Andrews Labor Government takes a very different view of how to plan for regional public transport growth.

We will develop Victoria’s first Regional Network Development Plan, which will move Victoria away from ad hoc service improvements, towards a more coordinated regional public transport network where train and bus services work together to get people where they need to go.

The plan will also consider infrastructure upgrades, network extension and rolling stock, including next generation high capacity regional trains to cater for peak demand.

Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard

“The new timetable delivers more services for Ballarat, Ballan and Bacchus Marsh during the peak period, and there is more to come.”

“In the coming weeks we will deliver two additional carriages in the morning and evening peak, further helping to meet demand for passengers on the Ballarat line.”