Can you believe it you will NOT be able to board or alight from Metro Trains all night services at Southern Cross .And 'guests' come for lunch on Sunday...........
Yes in this day and age there should be Weekend tt that aplies for both Saturdays and Sundays for Metro, Yarra trams and V/Line. It can start later and finish earlier on Sundays, BUT the guts of the day timetable should be common to both days .
Not ROCKET SCIENCE but the most logical passenger (NOT Customer - shops have customers !!) improvements are not made by Governments, Ministers, or PTV .
Yes in this day and age there should be Weekend tt that aplies for both Saturdays and Sundays for Metro, Yarra trams and V/Line.
Extra weekend V/line services coming June/July 2016. Details posted when known.With Geelong Weekend services since RRL opened with 6 car VL on hourly frequencies have proven totally inadequate to handle demand . Some 6 car VL have said to have arrived Southern Cross with over twice their 444 seated capacity . Me writes to PTV pointing this out and suggesting that service frequency on daytime Saturdays and Sundays needs to be stepped up to at least a 40 minute frequency with 6 car sets . After 6 weeks one gets the typical PTV "fob off" generic response, impossible to run extra services as all rollingstock committed . Me writes to higher body within PTV saying this is bs response as if one can run a 20 minute frequency on Weekdays with 3 car sets, one can obviously run 40 minute frequency on weekends with 6 car sets. After another month PTV responds , we were wrong , yes a 40 minute service could be run but we dont have the money . BUT no indication from PTV given as to if they have or will apply for extra funding to beef up Weekend frequency on the Geelong Line. One really wonders what worth the PTV bureacracy is at times .
I suppose the closure of Southern Cross is that it's too big and therefore too costly to staff to keep an eye on potential late night trouble-makers. That could be solved though by closing the Collins St end escalators & lifts & concourse so there's no access, locking off the Platforms 1-8 at each end, closing the gate between the Metro area and the VLine area and just having the Burke St Metro Gates open for access.A 0200 Geelong road couch via Tarneit and Wyndamvale is a joke, you will arrive at Geelong in time for Sunday "brunch" if you are lucky . Given the Geelong line patronage since RRL opening Geelong should be 3 car VL as 0200 Down. If that is not supported THEN service Tarneit & Wyndamvale by connection off Werribee spark, and Geelong by express coach direct to Lara, then express to Geelong . Again NOT rocket science .
If this trial is a success, I could see more late night VLine trains added instead of coaches. Even if the Vline portion isn't a success as a whole, Geelong (or at least Wyndham Vale) will probably need late night trains in 3 or 4 years if the Metro portion is a success.
I'm hoping it will be a success, but given the low frequency people just might not decide its worth it. I'm interested in seeing.
Also, as discussed here, why do good transport mapping conventions just go out the window for night transport?