Geelong-Melbourne trains every 20 minutes under Labor

Under an Andrews Labor Government, Geelong V/Line services will depart every 20 minutes between 9am and 3pm.

Currently, the off-peak services run every hour. Labor’s plan will add 22 more trips to the timetable, every weekday.

The plan will help shift workers and students who travel daily between Geelong and Melbourne.

 

Quotes attributable to Mr Andrews

“This is one of the busiest regional rail services in Australia, but it only runs once an hour. We can do better.”

“22 extra services a day will make a difference for so many students and workers.”

 

Quotes attributable to Ms Jill Hennessy, Shadow Minister for Public Transport

“The Liberals tried to dismantle V/Line under Kennett. Now they’ve abandoned it.”

“Labor funded the Regional Rail Link under the previous Government, and only Labor will give Geelong extra rail services.”

 

Quotes attributable to Ms Lisa Neville, State Member for Bellarine

“This is what commuters in Geelong have been calling for. The Liberals haven’t listened. Labor has.”

“This commitment recognises Geelong as Victoria’s second biggest city and will bring our travel options into line with Melbourne.”

 

Key Facts

  • The Geelong V/Line rail service only runs once an hour in the off-peak period, while many trains sit idle.
  • Labor in Government funded Regional Rail Link, 134 extra carriages and upgraded the railcars.
  • Labor in 2010 also pledged to increase off-peak rail services, a commitment neither supported nor subsequently implemented by the Napthine Government.
  • The Geelong line recorded some 3.89 million passenger trips in 2012/13 – 11,000 trips each day.
  • Labor’s commitment, combined with a reconfiguring of the timetable for existing peak services, means that a 20 minute frequency between 6am and 7pm each weekday can be delivered.