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Summer extension for V/Line reservation seating

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The Victorian Government has extended its V/Line trial of reservation-only seating on the Albury Line over summer – while continuing extra services on weekends.

The experiment has been well received by passengers and will be extended to seven days a week during summer.

Until the end of February 2024, all V/Line train services on the Albury Line will be fully reserved, giving passengers more certainty when planning to travel over summer, including the upcoming school holidays.

More than 250,000 trips have been taken on the Albury Line since the introduction of the regional fare cap, with passengers paying no more than a metropolitan fare.

Passengers will also continue to have more weekend travel options, with an additional Saturday service to Melbourne and return Sunday service to Albury to continue running across the summer months.

Feedback on the reservation scheme has been positive and V/Line will use the next few months to further consult with passengers before deciding whether it will be permanently introduced.

Earlier this year, more than 70 per cent of passengers surveyed supported a move to reservation-only seating on busy Albury Line trains.

The trial has been operating on weekends and school holidays since the first weekend of September, following the introduction of the extra weekend service in July.

Passengers that require special assistance should call 1800 800 007 (6am-midnight) to discuss their needs before travel.

Public and Active Transport Minister Gabrielle Williams said with fairer fares, extra services and more booking certainty, V/Line was working hard to support Albury Line passengers and their travel needs, ensuring they can attend major events, visit family and friends or explore the best of what Victoria had to offer.