An hour between peak hour services at suburban Sandgate is an improved timetable, WTF?It is if you aren't going to Sandgate (the material change is that the service previously around ~15:25 has been switched to the express pattern). Sandgate isn't exactly the busiest station on the line.
Stopping at Sydenham and Tempe doesn't take long anyway (compared to the City and ESR), and the old timetable already had sections where expresses were three minutes behind stoppers, which required them to crawl to Wolli and then sprint to Rockdale/Kogarah/Hurstville. Great fun during PM peak to do this in a rainstorm, what with roaring H sets, groaning S sets and absolutely shrieking T sets. Anyway.Some of us can recall that all trains (Illawarra) used to stop at Tempe and it was a major station (I grew up catching trains from Kogarah). Then it was moved to Sydenham. Now it has been moved to Wolli Creek.
The Illawarra can cope with this. The idea of skip-stop between Wolli and Refern is simple: patronage at Tempe is not very high, and nor is Illawarra patronage at Sydenham. The government wants to emphasise Wolli as the internal (as well as Airport/East Hills) interchange for the Illawarra (allowing local-express connections at Wolli and Hurstville), rather than Sydenham.
After all, what's there at Sydenham? Only connects to the Bankstown... /dies laughing
Some of us can recall that all trains (Illawarra) used to stop at Tempe and it was a major station (I grew up catching trains from Kogarah). Then it was moved to Sydenham. Now it has been moved to Wolli Creek.Meh. In all honesty, this move to Wolli is, I think, not entirely ideal. It's very good for connecting traffic, but as an O&D station it's not great - there are a few apartment towers, a couple Asian minimarts, a Woolworths...
After all, what's at Wolli Creek (A: airport line with access fees)!
Meh. In all honesty, this move to Wolli is, I think, not entirely ideal. It's very good for connecting traffic, but as an O&D station it's not great - there are a few apartment towers, a couple Asian minimarts, a Woolworths...Yeah, that's about it. I think there should be a railway station built next to every cluster of apartment blocks. Better than trying to find roads for all of them to drive in and out every day.
...aaaaaand that's about it!
Wolli Creek appears to have reasonable patronage. I'm not sure if that is from people coming in and out of the station or from people changing between train lines.It's a mix of both. In the AM peak, most fast up suburbans still call at Sydenham. In the PM peak, no fast down suburbans call at Sydenham.
Whatever the case is, it's clearly been made to be a focus of the new timetable on the Illawarra Line, probably because of its Airport Line connections. Sydenham, which has Bankstown Line connections on the other hand still has a reasonable amount of trains but not every train now stops there in peak, though there's still more than enough frankly.
In the old timetable, there used to be some weird divisions between Sydenham and Wolli Creek. I believe intercity trains only stopped at the latter, whereas some peak hour express trains only stopped at the former. Now Wolli Creek has been put as the major focus.All-day and peak stopping trains called at both. Peak semi-fast suburbans could either call at both or Sydenham only. Interurbans only called at Wolli Creek during the daytime. Fast services called at neither.
Has the new timetable held up well?After the major delayS (plural) on Wednesday
Actually, I don't see a problem in judging after 2 months, that's plenty of time IMO.Given it has only been in for three weeks (20 October), where is the "two months" coming from?
How exactly long should people wait to judge the performance of a timetable? A year? That'd be a year lost IMO.
Ok my train has been late how many times? I think the on time running figures have been altered. I understand acts of god. Storms etc. But blaming a tree on the track is stupid. Cut the bloody trees down before they become a problem. Its called risk management. Trains also seem to run slower now with silly stopping patterns. Is this the new Cityrail or Sydney Trains? I see no difference.