Passengers welcome extra trains

The Public Transport Users Association has welcomed the announcement that eight additional trains will be purchased for Melbourne’s suburban network.

PTUA President Daniel Bowen said that the eight new trains, added to the ten that have already been ordered, would help boost services and ease crowding.

“Obviously we’re very pleased that the government has responded to growing patronage and our urging, and increased the order to eighteen trains. This will enable the extra trains to make a bigger difference to the crowding we’re now seeing.”

Mr Bowen repeated the PTUA’s call for a thorough operational review of the rail network.

“These new trains are badly needed. What we need now is a public review of rail services, and a publicly released plan, of how those trains will be used to their best effect,” concluded Mr Bowen.

See also: 8/10/2007: Call for decisive action on train network