Boost in peak hour Metro services for Gippsland line passengers
Added: 12 February 2016
Additional peak hour Metro services at Pakenham Station will help V/Line passengers on the Gippsland line travel to and from metropolitan Melbourne while track detection devices are installed at level crossings on the Pakenham line.
Public Transport Victoria Acting Executive Director of Contract and Performance Warwick Horsley said the four additional services will provide further choices for Gippsland passengers.
“These extra peak services will provide additional services and stability for Gippsland passengers while work continues around the clock to return normal services,” Mr Horsley said.
“The program to fit track detection devices at level crossings along the Pakenham line is progressing well and will allow us to get trains back on the network as soon as possible.”
From Monday 15 February, two additional morning and evening peak train services will run between Pakenham and Flinders Street stations, providing Gippsland passengers the option of using a train for part of their journey.
The extra services, capable of carrying up to 800 passengers each, will depart from Pakenham Station at 5.49am (6.43am arrival at Flinders Street) and 7.10am (8.17am arrival at Flinders Street), and from Flinders Street Station at 3.26pm (4.25pm arrival at Pakenham Station)and 4.22pm (5.25pm arrival at Pakenham Station) on weekdays.
The trains will operate to the normal V/Line service pattern, stopping at Berwick (3.26pm ex Flinders Street only), Dandenong, Clayton, Caulfield and Richmond stations, before terminating at Flinders Street Station.
V/Line replacement coaches will be timetabled to connect with Metro services departing and arriving at Pakenham station.
Additional V/Line and Metro customer service staff will be on hand at Pakenham Station to assist customers making the interchange between coaches and trains.
Last week the Government announced a temporary, stable V/Line service plan with the continuation of free travel on train replacement coach services.
Passengers who catch a free V/Line replacement coach will be provided with a paper ticket that allows them to continue their journey on the Metro network.
If passengers are starting their journey at Flinders Street Station, they can get a paper ticket from the V/Line ticket window.
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