A wide scale restructuring of the network would provide the ability to run more services along more useful routes for the same expenditure. Ideally, we should see all rail services running to five services per day minimum, and all coach services to two-five services per day minimum, depending on location.
Services should run at the same times Monday to Sunday, and to the same stop schedule.
An example of network consolidation is as follows:
A similar numbering system to the above should be adopted to simplify information for passengers (who are often confused when looking for Bendigo trains for example when all they can see is Swan Hill).
*T1/B1: Melbourne - Warrnambool/Portland/Heywood
*T2A/B/B2: Melbourne - Ararat/Kaniva/Maryborough
*T3A/B/B3: Melbourne - Swan Hill/Mildura/Echuca
*T4/B4: Melbourne - Shepparton/Yarrawonga/Springhurst
*T5/B5: Melbourne - Albury/Corryong
*T6/B6: Melbourne - Bairnsdale/Mallacoota
*B7A/B/C: Melbourne - Philip Island/Inverloch/Yarram
*B8A/B/C: Wangaratta - Mt Hotham/Mt Beauty/Beechworth
*B9A/B: Tallarook - Mt Buller/Eildon
*B10: Melbourne - Sea Lake via Heathcote
*B11: Bendigo - Mt Gambier via Ararat
*B12: Ballarat - Donald
*B13: Shepparton - Barham via Echuca
*B14: Mildura - Horsham
*B15: Geelong - Shepparton via Ballarat/Bendigo
*B16: Ballarat - Castlemaine via Daylesford