PATRONAGE on the Tonsley line has slumped by 30 per cent since the line re-opened in May after a two year closure.
Figures show 850 commuters use the service daily, down from 1200 commuters who were using the weekday-only service before it was cut in February 2012.
The rail service closed as part of the State Government’s rail upgrades and the extension of the Adelaide Convention Centre.
Transport Department spokeswoman Lauren Whitney ruled out making any timetable changes to boost patronage.
“(The) Tonsley timetable replicates the previous timetable before the line was closed for works, and is based on rail car availability in comparison to patronage,” Ms Whitney said.
“The infrastructure of the Tonsley line is capable of supporting a more frequent service and weekend services if patronage develops in future.”
However, the number of weekday passengers using the Seaford line jumped to 13,400 in May from 10,300 in the month to its closure in January, 2013, as part of the rail electrification works.
Another Transport Department spokeswoman, Melissa Martin, said she expected passenger numbers to rise as the south became more populated.
“With continued residential growth occurring in the southern suburbs and the Tonsley Park project coming online, patronage it is expected to grow on these lines over the coming years,” Ms Martin said.
The government has bought 22 trains each with three railcars, costing about $220 million in total, which will be in service by the end of next year.
Trains run about 19 times per day on the Tonsley line and about 64 on the Seaford line.
Yeah. 26 months without their rail service. Roughly 33% of passengers have discovered better means of getting into the CBD, or maybe have just plain forgotten about the rail service.