There is a pressing need for service improvements along Melbourne’s rail network. Although frequency of services is increased during peak hour traffic, the poor frequency of off-peak trains affects overall viability as an alternative transport mode.
Frequent services are critical to encourage public transport use. Timetable changes on the metropolitan train network are required to deliver peak period service uplifts. This will not only encourage more people to choose public transport instead of private motor vehicles, but also increase capacity on overcrowded lines in Melbourne’s eastern region.