It's become a pretty frequent occurrence on Pakenham/Cranbourne for an overloaded Comeng to start on time, begin to run late as it gets heavier and slower to load, which leads to a self-reinforcing cycle of picking up more people at the next station as the gap since the last train gets longer. Inevitably said train hits Richmond 10 minutes late, and then gets pulled from the loop.
Why are Metro even running the slowest, underpowered, least reliable, poorly air-conditioned, worst performing trains on the busiest line? It should be run with 100% Siemens trains until the HCMTs are ready. Flood Frankston with X'Traps!
Assuming they are going to continue running Comengs on the line for the next year or so, adding 5 minutes makes sense
Any chance they will attempt to smooth the gaps between trains as part of this? The capacity whiplash from having trains 3 minutes apart then 7-8 minute gaps for V/Line isn't helping. Not sure why the V/Line train doesn't always have a (fast accelerating) Metro 2 minutes behind it.