Timings are good as they should be as there"s heaps of slack in the timetable.
Two thirds full 15:59 ex SCS. Full and standing 3 car V' Locity ex Footscray..
Really needs 6 cars.
First Monday was a few issues. Two Up Marsh locals trapped in Maddingley yard by a track fault - so amexed. The 40 minute Off Peak crosses at Ballarat, Ballan and The Marsh seemed to work OK.
Nice high speed arrival on top greens now into the new Down platform at the Marsh . But on the Up now Medium Speed aspects arriving into original platform at the Marsh so much slower.
Ballan crosses worked well .
Ballarat crosses observed three successive Up Wendourees arrive into Ballarat 1 min late and all 1 late depart on the Up. Three successive Downs 1 min early into Ballarat. 4 mins Wendouree to Ballarat on the Up is too tight should be 5. (Why wasnt this timed properly at 80kmh line speed?)
On my down train 3 late at Marsh but did not delay the Up, 1 early at Ballan and 1 early into Ballarat.
Returning on the Up 1 late ex Ballarat, OT ex Ballan and The Marsh.
Ballarat platform usage up to 1400 ish Downs via 1 and Ups via 2; then reverses to Ups via 1 and Downs via 2.
First Up Ararat attached its second set at Wendouree not Ballarat.
When a Down Ararat runs basically a 3 car MT VL follows ex Ballarat East to form the next Up Wendouree.
Locals were grizzling liking wounded bears about the regular use of platform 2 and the dreaded footbridge and stairs.
Off Peak works much better now than the old crosses at Parwan and Bank Box with the hourly service.
VLP would have less impact on majority of paxat Ballarat station if they altered to up to 1400 Ups via 1 and Downs via 2, and PM Downs via 1 and Ups via 2.
Overall increased frequency both peak and off peak has come at the price of extended travel times for Ballarat travellers.
Off Peak absolute stupidity to be stopping all Ballarats at Ardeer, when the Melton locals also stop there every 40 mins. The whole joint would be lucky to see 100 boards and alights on a Weekday if you were lucky over all services. Slovenly lazy metro type SAS timetabling, and ditto all South Geelong, Waurn Ponds and Ballarats stopping Deer Park just overkill. The Limited stop Waurn Pionds should now revert to non stop at Deer Park, still giving a train every 12 mins at Deer Park over Off Peak Ballarat, South Geelong & Melton services.
Finally VLP need to address with urgency the plethora of speed restrictions on the Ballarat line many longstanding at Rockbank, Melton, Ballan etc . New track SR acccount trees restricting line of sight of signals !!! Why wasnt that sorted out well in advance of opening, havent VLP heard of a chain saw ??? Typical VLP NO urgency. Perhaps if VLP attended to the plethora of SR's on passenger lines their timekeeping might be better, and the repeated extension of schedules to protect the timekeeping would be avoided. Sorry I forgot its the wretched pax they take too long to get on and off trains !!!