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, Member for Altona Jill Hennessy and Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller 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.

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 MP

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

Quotes attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy MP

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

Quotes attributable  to Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller

“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.”