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Geelong Branch Media Release


Show us the timetables!

User Groups Call for Fast Rail Timetable Release

Rail user groups in Geelong and Bendigo have called on the State Government to release the draft timetables for Victoria's fast rail services, which the government had promised to release by the end of this year.

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA)'s Geelong Branch and the Bendigo line's Better Rail Action Group (BRAG) have made the call as Christmas approaches with no sign of the long-awaited release.

The timetables are expected to reveal the Government's planned mix of stopping and express train services, the frequency of train services and when the first and last trains leave and arrive.

"The plan for train services should have been central to the fast rail project," said BRAG spokesperson Angela Munro.

"But as the State Government prepares to rip up parts of the second track to Bendigo, we're not confident that the infrastructure will be able to deliver the frequent services that the community is expecting."

"In the interests of genuine consultation and open and accountable government, the Bracks Government should release the timetables well before any work is started," Ms Munro said.

The Convener of the PTUA's Geelong Branch, Tim Petersen, said “Five years since the project was announced, commuters on all lines are still in the dark about what train services will be made available to them. The process shouldn't have taken this long."

"As Geelong commuters prepare to struggle through another closure of their line over January, the least the State Government could do would be to let them know what they're suffering for."

Mr Petersen said train travellers on fast rail lines were looking for more frequent and reliable services, running to regular 'clock face' timetables with predictable stopping patterns. They were also after earlier services in the mornings and later services in the evenings.

The 'Fast rail services & new V/Line timetable' page on the Department of Infrastructure’s Regional Fast Rail website (from states that "A draft V/Line timetable is expected to be issued for review by stakeholders and customers late in 2004."

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Last Modified: 21 December 2004