Victoria on Sunday announced the timetables for the $3.65 billion Regional Rail Link, ahead of its opening date of June 21.
Transport minister Jacinta Allan said the ‘metro style’ timetable adds 200 services every week between Geelong and Melbourne, including trains every 10 minutes in the morning peak and every 20 minutes off-peak on weekdays.
These services will run through new stations in Wyndham Vale and Tarneit – which have been earmarked as growth suburbs.
The new route for Geelong trains will also deliver benefits for commuters on other lines, Allan said, with two extra peak hour services on the Werribee Line and four extra peak hour services stopping at Bacchus Marsh.
Trains will also run at least every 20 minutes on weekdays to Deer Park Station, rather than every two hours as they currently do, she added.
Wyndham Vale – a suburb on the old network but now cut off by the new line, will receive a new bus network, to coincide with the opening.
The new timetables are now available from Public Transport Victoria’s website.
“It’s here: more trains, more buses and better services for Melbourne’s west and Victoria’s biggest regional centre,” Allan said.
“Getting Geelong trains onto dedicated V/line tracks will deliver extra Metro services, with more to be added later in the year with a broader metropolitan timetable change.
“The new bus networks in Wyndham, Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula will add hundreds of extra services a week, making it quicker and easier to get to work, study or the train station to catch a frequent, reliable trains.”