Passengers on the Werribee line will get an extra 35 services each week when the new metropolitan train timetable starts on Sunday 26 August 2018.

Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said the new services will boost capacity and give more travel options in the afternoon and evenings.

Under the new timetable, seven new off-peak services will run on the Werribee line each weekday, making space for an extra 1,000 passengers on each service.

The new services, which build on the 10 extra services delivered in August 2017, will run before and after the evening peak to give passengers more options for travelling to and from the city on weekdays.

For the first time, passengers at South Kensington, Seddon, Yarraville and Spotswood stations will have access to a turn-up-and-go frequency in the evenings, meaning trains from the city every 10 minutes between 7:20pm and 8:20pm.

Werribee line passengers will also benefit from the Kororoit Creek Road level crossing removal project, including partial duplication of the Altona Loop track, with finishing touches to the project expected to be completed towards the end of the year.

Across the metropolitan train network, the new timetable will deliver 190 new and 957 extended services across the Mernda, South Morang, Werribee, Hurstbridge, Cranbourne and Pakenham lines. Thirty-three new train drivers have been hired to operate the new timetable.

The new timetable will help make public transport a convenient and attractive transport option in the lead up to the opening of the Metro Tunnel, which will create space to run more trains, more often, right across Melbourne.

Bus connections to trains will be maintained, with adjustments made to bus times when the new train timetable begins if required.

New timetables and route maps will be available from Thursday 26 July 2018 at ptv.vic.gov.au, on the PTV app, at staffed stations or by calling the Public transport call centre on 1800 800 007.

Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas

“We’re introducing 35 extra services each week to provide Werribee line passengers with more travel options to and from the city.

“We’re also getting on with duplicating part of the Altona Loop track to make services more reliable.

“This new timetable will improve capacity on some of our busiest train lines, while we get on with building Metro Tunnel, which will free up space to run even more services on the Werribee Line.”