There is no talk of improving any facilities at southern cross they have been looking at using south dynon for stabling and fuelling but this all takes time plus the current fuel point would need modifications to accept velocities.
Management have there heads firmly up there backsides in regard to additional fuelling shifts in regional depots and no matter how many times its explained will not even consider it even thou it would reduce over crowding while transferring the spare 3 car set then you potentially get anything from 6-8 potential fuels for the day using 1 driver 1 fueller and the set runs back on an afternoon peak service usually coinsides with school finishing so you give the passengers comfort by removing the overcrowding get more fuels done during the shift as opposed to melbourne and you take congestion out of scs with all these empty car shunts I dont have a uni degree but gees makes faily good sense they actually delay revenue train arrivals/departures with some of these shunt moves.
Plus you now have the added issue of there you beut overweight velocitys that are restricted to geelong. Wyndham vale and bacchus marsh what person in there right mind would order trains that cant be utilised over the entire network.....
Are there enough units stabled across the network at regional locations (ie at depots with fuelling facilities) between peaks to make this worthwhile?
With the exception of Seymour and maybe Traralgon (strictly talking about interurban) services, it would most likely not be convenient to get V/Locity sets to a fuel point, particularly on single-track terminating stations where down services currently form up services with a few minutes turnaround time. Getting these cars refuelled in this situation would take up (sometimes valuable/constrictive) paths and reduce service frequency. On the Geelong line for example, you couldn't just refuel a train terminating at South Geelong or Waurn Ponds, or you'd have to significantly drop service frequency beyond Geelong.
They have plenty of time to rectify the overweight sets issue before it becomes a problem, but that's a discussion for another thread.