Why does the Frankston Line get delayed so badly?

  Craig Chief Commissioner

Location: Edithvale, VIC
With the new timetable many trains are given more generous turnbacks at Frankston as both platforms are used when possible.  Previously only platform 1 was used most of the time with typically 8 minute turnbacks meaning a train arriving more than a couple of minutes late would be much less likely to return on time given the driver may need a toilet break and has to walk to the opposite end anyway.  Late arrivals now return to the City punctually more often.

Although this is the case on weekdays, the changes to the weekend timetable in June saw the turnaround time cut from to 14 mins to 8 minutes.  Twisted EvilRolling Eyes

This means if a train is more than 6 minutes late arriving from the city, it results in the return Up train departing Frankston late.  With the likely minor delays enroute back into town, not surprising that many weekend trains are failing to meet the stricter 4:59 performance benchmark.

When track work takes place on the Frankston line the advertised connections do not apply; in general you need to leave the City 20 - 30 minutes earlier to maintain your connection.  This fact is advertised in advance.

A standby bus is provided at Frankston during trackworks for those who miss their connecting train. This has been the case for over 5 years now - once I even rode a Ventura bus down to Stony Point on one of these standby services.  Razz

Kind Regards

Craig Smile

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  heisdeadjim Chief Commissioner

Rules and regs mandates a five minute (minimum) turnaround for a six car spark, by the way.
  msilsby Deputy Commissioner

Location: Canberra
Interesting! We get 6 minutes for a tram - and in most cases this is spent sitting waiting for the AVM to tell us to go.

Mirror in, Desto changed, grab points bar and bag, lock door, amble to other end, open door, drop points bar in appropriate place, pull out mirror, adjust seat and window/visor/AC. Then watch the freaks and geeks board.
  heisdeadjim Chief Commissioner

It's knocking on 2am and I should be asleep. I have that chapter in .pdf somewhere, I'll find it and post it if I can.

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