Passengers on the Hurstbridge line will get up to 50 extra services per week when the new metropolitan train timetable starts on Sunday 26 August 2018.

State Member for Ivanhoe, Anthony Carbines, today confirmed that thanks to the $395 million Hurstbridge Line upgrade new and extended services for Eltham, Macleod, Greensborough and Hurstbridge passengers will begin later this month to boost capacity and give more travel options.

The extended services will mean an extra morning service for Greensborough passengers on weekdays and a total of 50 extra weekday train services for passengers at Macleod.

The new timetable will also give Eltham Station passengers 35 new and extended services between Eltham and Flinders Street each week, including 20 new and 15 extended services.

Morning peak services from Eltham will become express between Clifton Hill and Jolimont Stations. These changes will make spacing between trains more consistent, to give passengers more reliable and punctual services.

This timetable change builds on the two extended services delivered in 2017 and fulfils the Andrews Labor Government election commitment to provide additional peak services for Hurstbridge line passengers.

The additional services are being rolled out now that works on the Hurstbridge Rail Line Upgrade are nearing completion. Level crossings on Grange Road at Alphington and Lower Plenty Road at Rosanna were removed in addition to the track between Heidelberg and Rosanna being duplicated as part of the project, as well as the building of the new Rosanna Station.

Across the network, the new metropolitan train timetable will deliver 190 new and 957 extended services on the Mernda, South Morang, Werribee, Hurstbridge and Cranbourne/Pakenham lines. Thirty-three new train drivers have been hired to operate the new timetable.

Bus connections to trains will be maintained, with adjustments made to bus timetables if required.

New timetables and route maps are available at ptv.vic.gov.au, on the PTV app, at staffed stations or by calling the Public Transport call centre on 1800 800 007.

 Quotes attributable to State Member for Ivanhoe, Anthony Carbines MP:

“Hurstbridge line passengers will have up to 50 extra services a week to give them more travel options into and out of the city each morning.”

“This was only made possible by the Andrews Labor Government’s massive investment in public transport across the network, including more than $395 million along the Hurstbridge line.”

“We said we would invest in the Hurstbridge line services and we have delivered.”

“Passengers will benefit from the extra services on the Hurstbridge line, particularly from Macleod Station, giving them more options in the morning peak periods.”