New public transport timetables start next week
Added: 24 January 2014
Normal train timetables will resume across the Metro and V/Line networks next week, following the completion of an intense construction program that saw around-the-clock works on the Regional Rail Link project and removal of three level crossings.
The summer works have already seen major progress on the Regional Rail Link, with the removal of the first of two level crossings at Anderson Road in Sunshine, the opening of two new platforms at Footscray Station, and a new pedestrian concourse at Sunshine Station. This weekend, the summer works will culminate in the removal of two level crossings in Mitcham and the opening of the new Mitcham station.
PTV Director of Operations Norman Gray thanked passengers and residents living close to the works for their patience while the summer works timetable has been in place.
"Over January many Metro and V/Line lines were operating to a reduced timetable or with replacement buses to accommodate a huge amount of construction work underway on the Regional Rail Link and the removal of level crossings," Mr Gray said.
"Careful planning saw the works undertaken in the lowest patronage period on the train network to reduce the impact on passengers. A lot of progress was made in a relatively short time, which has reduced the number of weekend closures and ultimately means faster delivery of better rail services."
Mr Gray said that with the summer works package now complete, timetables across the rail network will return to full from Monday 27 January, with some lines having a new timetable with some changes.
"Some train lines will have a new timetable with services leaving one or two minutes earlier than before, so I would encourage everyone to check their timetable as there may be some changes to the train you normally catch," Mr Gray said.
Train timetables across the Metro and V/Line networks return to full from Monday 27 January, with a public holiday timetable. The first full weekday timetable will be on Tuesday 28 January.
The following train lines will have a new timetable with some minor changes:
> South Morang
> Dandenong / Pakenham / Cranbourne
> Seymour / Shepparton
The Australia Day weekend will also see timetable changes and improvements for many bus and tram routes.
"From Sunday 26 January, more than 1200 extra tram services per week will travel to Docklands thanks to the rerouting of Route 75 and extra peak services on Route 11," Mr Gray said.
Tram Routes 11, 24, 31, 48, 75, 95, 109 and 112 will have new timetables beginning on Sunday 26 January.
Major bus network changes will take place in Craigieburn, Pakenham, Gisborne and Warrnambool, as well as smaller route changes in 25 areas around the state beginning from 27-28 January.
To check your timetable, visit ptv.vic.gov.au or call 1800 800 007.
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