Swathe of Melbourne train lines, skybus to see new and extended services

Swathe of Melbourne train lines, skybus to see new and extended services
Swathe of Melbourne train lines, skybus to see new and extended services

Victoria's Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, has provided an overview of new train services that will operate across Melbourne's network once the Mernda extension opens toward the end of the year and on the same day, the Minister announced a new Skybus contract had been signed.

190 new metropolitan train services will be spread across lines to the north, west and south-east.

On the South Morang line, an additional 115 new and extended services will run up and down the line and when the terminus shifts to Mernda upon that station and the extension's opening, the new stations beyond South Morang will have access to 982 services every week.

The Werribee line will see 35 new services over weekdays that will provide passengers using South Kensington, Seddon, Yarraville and Spotswood stations with a turn-up and go services until just after 8pm on weekdays.

Passengers living between Eltham and the City will see 35 new and extended services each week and the Dandenong corridor will see 80 new and extended services each week which will see that corridor's frequency increase so as turn up and go services (a train every 10 minutes) until 10pm on weeknights.

The numbers announced by the Minister across the different rail line corridors represent 40 extensions of service on top of the 190 new services.

No exact date has been provided for when the new timetable is expected to come into effect however it is anticipated it will be in force later in the year.   

Swathe of Melbourne train lines, skybus to see new and extended services
Skybus in Docklands - image: Wikipedia

Melbourne Airport's Skybus service has had a shakeup as well with a new 10-year performance-based contract signed with the state government coinciding with the launch of a new route from Melbourne's western suburbs to the airport.

The new Skybus route will go from Werribee via Tarneit to Tullamarine Airport and will run on 60-minute frequencies between the hours of 7am and 7pm.

Skybus services to the Mornington Peninsula will see lower fares and more services will run from Rosebud and Mornington as well as new stops will be added in Mordialloc and Mentone.

A Ministerial media release says 'the newly consolidated contract also allows the government the ability to introduce an airport rail line between the Melbourne CBD and Tullamarine Airport.'

The new contract commences on July 1st and will run for 10 years if the operator meets strict performance targets.

Lead image credit: flickr

Alastair Taylor

Alastair Taylor

Alastair Taylor is a co-founder of Urban.com.au. Now a freelance writer, Alastair focuses on the intersection of public transport, public policy and related impacts on medium and high-density development.

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