The timetable will be much better now for the Southern Highlands
. Thanks for the compliment DJF, I pushed a few times in particular for more than 1 peak hour AM service, not sure if I really made a difference though. That 4:59 Goulburn-Campbelltown currently uses 4 carriages, which is a waste until you get to about Tahmoor. I told them that they could split the train and use 2 carriages for a 6:30 Moss Vale express to Campbelltown, I too think it'd better for the train to start at Moss Vale but at least any 9-17 Goulburn commuters can get an extra 30 minutes sleep now
. We also benefit from faster East Hills services to and from the city, with connections at Macarthur that stop: Campbelltown, Leumeah, Minto, Ingleburn, Glenfield, Holsworthy, Wolli Creek then all to the city via Airport and return.
That Moss Vale direct which runs 15 minutes after the Goulburn direct was a waste, the only purpose it served was to be able to say Cityrail provided a direct service for the smaller stations, from October 21 that train will run to Campbelltown which helps provide the all-day hourly service. The direct Goulburn will amalgamate when it arrives Moss Vale at 08:37 on the up, rather than what it does presently, which is put on 4 carriages at Moss Vale as it prepares to depart for Goulburn at 6am. This move probably allows the extra service that departs Moss Vale at 4:20, which will probably gets used by the blue collar workers. The local press have been complaining the direct gets to Central at 10:34, which is 34 minutes later than present. They've done this to make it look neat as the Goulburn commuter arrives Central at 08:34. I think the current 10am arrival is better but its not the end of the world. They've done the same thing with the down trains, arriving Goulburn at 19:07 and 20:37.
The only negatives is that there are still no express services on the down for reasons I'm not sure of and the weekend timetable has remained the same with services every 2 hours.