The point here is that Ballarat had a 65 minute journey 10 years ago, despite massive investment in the shape of RRL seperating V/Line and Metro services, Ballarat commuters have a slower journey than 10 years ago. It's clear that a better service is possible, yet not provided. In the eyes of some, this is not good enough.
Actually...as I wrote earlier the original 'flagship' service on the Ballarat line was 64 mins, however these days, the remnant flagship service on the DOWN, the 16:33 makes it to Ballarat in 65 mins...but with stops at Sunshine and Ballan, which is pretty good because at Ballan the train has to stop from 160KPH then accelerate again and it still manages to lose only 1 minute on the old EXPRESS timetable...AND it has the additional stop at Sunshine.
V/Line have an input into the operation of services and their frequency, however as with the original 2005 timetable, Bracks government Transport minister, Peter Batchelor insisted on the 'flagship' services...V/Line was required to comply.
Edited to correct Peter Batchelors name incorrectly spelt.