2017-08-27:
New Rail Timetables & Connectivity Updates

New timetables were introduced by Metro Trains and V/line from 27 August 2017.

Metro Trains Siemens 725M-T-726M-M-T-M arrives McKinnon (1/8/2016) (Alex Smith)

Highlights of the new Metro Trains timetables:

  • An additional service on the Sunbury, Craigieburn & Werribee lines in each peak
  • Extension of Laverton – Altona – Newport shuttles through to Flinders St between 11am & 4:30pm weekdays, eliminating a second transfer to reach City Loop stations (services between 9am & 11am were extended in January)
  • Interpeak Werribee services now run express Laverton – Newport – Footscray – North Melbourne, with Laverton and Williamstown services maintaining the 10 min headway for Spotswood, Yarraville and Seddon.
  • Additional runtime for Frankston Line services in preparation for the opening of Southland Station in November and to improve punctuality
  • Extension of two AM peak Hurstbridge Line services to start further out, reducing gaps

Metro Trains Fact Sheet on the changes (PDF)

V/Line Passenger VLocity set VL39 departs Tarneit for Southern Cross in November 2015 (Michael Coley)

Highlights of the new V/Line timetables:

  • Weekend services to Geelong now depart every 40 mins, instead of hourly
  • Weekend services to Ballarat and Bendigo now depart every hour, eliminating gaps of up to 100 mins
  • Additional evening services including later Monday to Thursday services to Geelong (01:15), Ballarat (23:55), Bendigo (23:52) & Traralgon (23:59)
  • New 6:15am coach service from Colac cater for those who need to arrive Geelong by 8am
  • 19 additional weekly services on the Ararat Line
  • 3rd return trip on the Shepparton Line added on weekends
  • All inter-peak services now stop at Caroline Springs, increasing service to twice an hour
  • More Geelong trains stop at Deer Park, with 219 extra options a week for the growing patronage driven by housing in Derrimut
  • Most Warrnambool Line trains now run express from Geelong to Footscray, reducing overcrowding
  • All weekend Traralgon trains now stop at Richmond improving access to City Loop trains and special events at Melbourne Park, AAMI Park & MCG
  • Withdrawal of P-class locomotives from peak hour Bacchus Marsh and Wyndham Vale services

V/Line Fact Sheets (from the V/Line website)
Ararat (PDF)
Ballarat (PDF)
Bendigo (PDF)
Geelong (PDF)
Seymour / Shepparton (PDF)
Traralgon (PDF)
Warrnambool (PDF)

Coinciding with the new timetables being introduced by Metro Trains and V/line from 27 August, operators around the state will introduce updated bus timetables to maintain connectivity.

Selected operators have also taken the opportunity to revise runtimes to ensure more reliable services, as noted below.

Frankston Line

Ventura Capel Sound #1271 (Volvo B8RLEA, Volgren) prepares to run a Saturday afternoon 788 service (20/5/2017) (Craig Halsall)

Ventura:

  • 705 (Mordialloc – Springvale)
  • 708 (Carrum – Hampton)
  • 709 (Mordialloc – Noble Park)
  • 770 (Frankston – Karingal Hub)
  • 771 (Frankston – Langwarrin)
  • 772 (Frankston – Eliza Heights)
  • 773 (Frankston – Frankston South)
  • 774 (Frankston – Delacombe Park)
  • 775 (Frankston – Lakewood)
  • 776 (Frankston – Pearcedale)
  • 778 (Kananook – Carrum Downs)
  • 779 (Frankston – Belvedere)
  • 780 (Frankston – Carrum)
  • 781 (Frankston – Mt Martha)
  • 782 (Frankston – Balnarring – Flinders)
  • 784 (Frankston – Osborne)
  • 785 (Frankston – Mornington East)
  • 788 (Frankston – Portsea)
  • 811 (Dandenong – Brighton)
  • 812 (Dandenong – Brighton)
  • 825 (Moorabbin – Southland)
  • 828 (Hampton – Berwick)
  • 832 (Frankston – Carrum Downs)
  • 833 (Frankston – Carrum via Carrum Downs)
  • 858 (Edithvale – Aspendale Gardens)
  • 970 Night Bus (Carrum – Rosebud)

785 – School Days shortworking at 0800 ex Bentons Square to Mornington Secondary College now shown.

833 – Extended from Carrum Downs to Carrum via Wedge Rd, McCormicks Rd, Thompsons Rd, Thompson Rd and McLeod Rd. This introduces a long overdue bus service to Sandhurst; improves access to local shopping and schools; and allows Carrum Downs residents to connect with a station closer to the CBD, rather than backtracking to the end of the line at Frankston.

The timetable has been offset with Route 708, providing a half-hourly combined headway between Carrum and Patterson Lakes on weekends, and roughly every quarter hour during the day Monday to Friday, although peak trips are not as well spaced.

Unfortunately, weekday 833 trips to Frankston will now pass through Carrum Downs and Frankston North around the same time as the neighbouring 832 – traditionally trips were about 15 mins apart.

Cranbourne Transit:

  • 789 (Frankston – Langwarrin)
  • 790 (Frankston – Langwarrin)
  • 791 (Frankston – Cranbourne)

Wyndham & Altona area

CDC Melbourne (Werribee) #129 (Scania K280UB, Volgren ‘Optimus’) seen at Wyndham Vale Station on Route 190 (20/12/2016) (Jonathan Marks)

CDC Melbourne:

  • 150 (Williams Landing – Tarneit)
  • 151 (Williams Landing – Tarneit)
  • 153 (Williams Landing – Werribee)
  • 160 (Hoppers Crossing – Tarneti)
  • 166 (Hoppers Crossing – Wyndham Vale)
  • 167 (Hoppers Crossing – Tarneit)
  • 170 (Werribee – Tarneit)
  • 180 (Werribee – Tarneit)
  • 181 (Hoppers Crossing – Werribee)
  • 190 (Werribee – Wyndham Vale)
  • 191 (Werribee – Wyndham Vale)
  • 192 (Werribee – Wyndham Vale)
  • 400 (Laveton – Sunshine) – shared with Sita
  • 411 (Laverton – Fooscray)
  • 412 (Laverton – Footscray)
  • 414 (Laverton – Footscray)
  • 417 (Laverton – Laverton North)
  • 439 (Werribee – Werribee South)
  • 441 (Werribee – Westleigh Gardens)
  • 443 (Werribee – South Werribee Loop)
  • 494 (Williams Landing – Point Cook South)
  • 495 (Williams Landing – Point Cook South)
  • 496 (Laverton – Sanctuary Lakes)
  • 497 (Williams Landing – Saltwater Coast)
  • 498 (Laverton – Hoppers Crossing)

161 – 1415 ex Hoppers Crossing M-F moved four mins later better suiting bell times at Wyndham Central College

167 – updates to runtimes around school times, with northbound trip moved later to suit The Grange College dismissal time

181 – 1525 ex Mossfiel Dr M-F moved 15 mins later due to regular late arrivals off Werribee Secondary College school trip

190 – No longer offer connections to all Geelong line trains at Wyndham Vale, although the majority are maintained. In particular night services are timed to connect off train arrivals at Werribee. Final trip remains Friday night only despite 0115 train ex Southern Cross now running 5 nights a week. Weekend daytime headway reduced from 30 to 40 mins to harmonise with trains at either end of the route.

400 – updated runtimes, with some full-length peak trips over 10 mins longer

Ballarat & Ararat Line

Bacchus Marsh Coaches #61 (M.A.N 16.220, Designline) poses at the depot on the BCSV Donric Group Tour (18/10/2015) (Peter Kane)

Bacchus Marsh Coaches:

  • 433 (Bacchus Marsh – Hillview Estate)
  • 434 (Bacchus Marsh – Telford Park)
  • 435 (Bacchus Marsh – Darley)

433, 434 & 435 – Extra return trip in both peaks

CDC Ballarat:

  • 10 (Ballarat – Alfredton)
  • 11 (Ballarat – Wendouree via Howitt St)
  • 12 (Ballarat – Wendouree via Forest St)
  • 13 (Ballarat – Invermay Park)
  • 14 (Ballarat – Black Hill)
  • 15 (Ballarat – Brown Hill)
  • 20 (Ballarat – Canadian)
  • 21 (Ballarat – Buninyong)
  • 22 (Ballarat – Federation Uni)
  • 23 (Ballarat – Mt Pleasant)
  • 24 (Ballarat – Sebastopol)
  • 25 (Ballarat – Delacombe)
  • 26 (Ballarat – Alfredton)
  • 30 (Ballarat – Creswick)
  • 31 (Wendouree- Miners Rest)

Christians Bus Company:

  • 1 (Ararat West)
  • 2 (Ararat South)
  • 3 (Ararat North)

1, 2, 3 – Adjustments to meet later Saturday train arrival from Melbourne

Kastoria:

  • 460 (Caroline Springs Station – Watergardens)

460 – Former 20 min clockface headway interpeak now varies with gaps of between 12 & 28 mins to try to meet increased trains stopping at Caroline Springs but connections off down Ballarat trains are just 1 min!

On a morning peak 453 service, Sita #115 (Volvo B7RLE, Volgren) (27/7/2017) (Marcus Wong)

Sita:

  • 453 (Melton – Melton via Brookfield)
  • 455 (Melton – Micasa Rise)
  • 457 (Melton – Melton via Melton West)
  • 458 (Melton – Kurunjang)
  • 459 (Melton – Arnolds Creek)

453, 455, 457, 458 & 459 – Runtime adjustments

Bendigo & Swan Hill Line

Christians Bus Company:

  • 5 (Kangaroo Flat – Bendigo – Huntly)
  • 50 (Bendigo – Epsom)
  • 51 (Bendigo – Eaglehawk via Jackass Flat)
  • 52 (Bendigo – Eaglehawk via Arnold St)
  • 53 (Bendigo – Eaglehawk via Eaglehawk Rd)
  • 54 (Bendigo – Maiden Gully)
  • 60 (Bendigo – East Bendigo)
  • 61 (Bendigo – La Trobe Uni via Strathdale)
  • 62 (Bendigo – Spring Gully)
  • 63 (Bendigo – La Trobe Uni)
  • 65 (Bendigo – Spring Gully)

52, 53 & 63 – Runtime adjustments

On the Kyneton – Lancefield – Sunbury service, Dysons Kyneton #723 (Iveco Metro, Express) (29/9/2015) (Michael Fedor)

Dysons Kyneton:

  • Sunbury – Lancefield – Kyneton

This somewhat complex service, which connects with trains at Sunbury, Clarkefield, Riddles Creek and Gisborne depending on the time of day, now operates a regional bus route rather than as a V/Line coach. This presumably is in preparation for the service to accept myki (myki is not valid on any V/Line coach routes). Long distance coaches from Melbourne to Barham and Deniliquin continue to serve Romsey and Lancefield.

Selected morning peak trips on the local route are now up to 30 mins earlier to allow students to arrive into Sunbury by 0815 to connect with school buses.

 

 

Whitmore Group ‘Strathfieldsaye Transit’ BS02VC (Mercedes Benz O500LE, Volgren ‘Optimus’) at Strathfieldsaye in May 2017 (Caleb Ellis)

Strathfieldsaye Transit (Whitmore Group):

  • 70 (Bendigo – Strathfieldsaye)
  • 71 (Strathfieldsaye Loop)

Sunshine Tours:

  • 474 Gisbus (Gisborne)

Swan Hill Bus Lines

  • Swan Hill – Tooleybuc

Geelong & Warrnambool Line

CDC Geelong:

  • 1 (North Shore – Deakin Uni via Geelong)
  • 10 (Lara – Lara South – Corio Shopping Centre)
  • 11 (Lara – Lara East)
  • 12 (Lara – Lara West)
  • 20 (Geelong – Corio Shopping Centre)
  • 22 (Geelong – North Shore)
  • 23 (North Shore – Corio Shopping Centre)
  • 24 (Geelong – North Geelong)
  • 25 (Geelong – Bell Post Hill)
  • 43 (Geelong – Deakin Uni)

24 & 25 – Runtime updates

43 – Introduction of a deviation to Belmont Secondary College to cater for students living in Highton

McHarrys:

McHarrys #40 (Mercedes Benz O405NH, Volgren CR221L) ex GTS livery at Geelong Station in December 2012 (Jason Lipszyc)


  • 30 (Geelong – Whittington)
  • 31 (Geelong – St Albans Park)
  • 32 (Geelong – Leopold)
  • 40 (Geelong – Deakin Uni via Breakwater)
  • 41 (Geelong – Deakin Uni via Grovedale)
  • 42 (Geelong – Deakin Uni via South Valley Rd)
  • 50 (Geelong – Jan Juc via Wombah Park)
  • 51 (Geelong – Jan Juc via Torquay)
  • 55 (Geelong – Ocean Grove)
  • 56 (Geelong – Queenscliff)
  • 60 (Geelong – St Leonards)
  • 61 (Geelong – Drysdale)

Popes:

  • Camperdown – Timboon

Seymour Line

Seymour Coaches / Mitchell Transit

  • Kilmore Town Service

Traralgon Line

Turnbulls:

  • Traralgon – Yarram

Warragul Bus Lines (Dineen Group)

  • 80 (Warragul – Warragul South)
  • 81 (Warragul – Warragul North)
  • 82 (Warragul – Warragul North)
  • 83 (Warragul – Warragul East)
  • 85 (Warragul – Drouin South)
  • 86 (Drouin – Drouin North)

86 – Will operate directly along Albert Rd rather than Armstrong St and Bennett St – this change appears to have already been implemented at an unknown date.