By Jessica Howard
Train passengers will benefit from a new V/Line timetable that will see the addition of 18 new services on the Ballarat Line.
Some trains will depart earlier or later as part of the new timetable, and changes will be made to stopping patterns, adding more services for stations along the line.
The new timetable will also adjust the timing of some V/Line coaches and local bus services that connect with trains.
The additions will include nine weekend and nine weekday services, with weekend services delivering an average 60-minute frequency between 7am and 7pm.
Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan unveiled the new timetable last month.
She said the changes would boost services across the state.
“These extra services will mean we have added more than 230 extra services this year alone – helping regional passengers get to where they need to go sooner,” she said.
“We’re delivering the services and infrastructure regional Victoria needs as it grows. We are providing more choice for regional people who want to head to the footy, see a show or visit loved ones – whether that be in Melbourne or across the state.”
V/Line now runs more than 2000 services every week – a 40 per cent increase since the Labor Government took office.
Ms Allan said passengers will also benefit in the future from the Victorian and Federal Government’s $1.6 billion Regional Rail Revival, which will deliver more train services and better rail infrastructure for regional Victorians.
Timetables are now available from www.vline.com.au/27august. Passengers are also able to pick up printed timetables from stations and plan their trip using the Plan a Journey tool on the V-Line website.