in the media: Stonnington commuters call for improved train timetables

Stonnington Leader
Rebecca Di Nuzzo
ANGRY commuters fed up with dodgy train services are calling on the State Government to introduce more user-friendly timetables.

Prahran state Greens MP Sam Hibbins said there were ongoing issues with unreliable train services at Toorak, Hawksburn and Armadale stations and his office had received a number of complaints from frustrated Stonnington residents.

“Number one, the service levels have been unacceptable. The problems have only got worse (over time),” Mr Hibbins said.

A lack of peak-hour ­services, overcrowding on carriages, and service unreliability and delays were among the most common grievances, he said.

In a letter to Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan, Mr Hibbins asked for details on how PTV planned to ­address these issues and said the development at 590 Orrong Rd, Armadale, would lead to more commuters and compound existing problems.

“When you’ve got a very large development right on the border of the station, it’s just going to exacerbate the issue. (They need to) provide increased services for these three stations in the new timetable being introduced later this year.”

Greens MP Sam Hibbins. Picture: Carmelo Bazzano.

Greens MP Sam Hibbins. Picture: Carmelo Bazzano.

Acting Public Transport Minister Luke Donnellan said patronage on Melbourne’s train networks had doubled in the past 10 years and the promised Melbourne Metro Rail tunnel would meet the high ­demand for services .

“Melbourne Metro Rail is the long-term solution to growing patronage at Toorak, Armadale and Hawksburn stations,” Mr Donnellan said.

“(It) will enable more frequent and reliable train services on every line, including the Cranbourne-Pakenham and Frankston lines through Stonnington.”

He said the new tunnel would be the biggest overhaul of the train system since the City Loop.

Stonnington Leader