Nineteen new train services will run each week on the Ararat line, with an extra nine services being added to the initial ten announced last month.
A new late morning service from Ararat to Ballarat will run on both Saturday and Sunday, while the currently existing early afternoon service from Melbourne to Ballarat will be extended to Ararat, creating, in effect, a total of 4 extra services on the weekend.
The government hopes the added services will go some way to responding to rising weekend demand, an issue that had been raised after the announcement of the initial ten weekday services last month.
“These extra services will reduce waiting and give local passengers more choice about when they travel, and how they get home,” state transport minister Jacinta Allan said.
The previously announced weekday services included a morning service from Ararat to Ballarat that will connect with a Ballarat to Melbourne service, and the extension of an afternoon service that departs from Southern Cross to Ararat.
The nineteen new services along the Ararat line will begin in August, along with another 151 extra services cross regional Victoria.
The Andrews Labor government says that these additional train services will provide a much-needed boost in supply, providing thousands of extra seats and opening up more options for passengers using the regional network.
“We’re continuing our record investment in public transport, to get people in Ararat to work, education and each other, and get them home safer and sooner to the people they love,” Labor member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford said.
The new timetable with the added services will start in August. It will be available from July from the Public Transport Victoria website in July.