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Ballarat train line issue

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THE Regional Rail Link has been the subject of increased criticism since it opened in June. Ballarat transport users have fed up with the service and Opposition Leader Matthew Guy said it was time the government fi xed it.

In Ballarat last Friday Mr Guy was joined by Ballarat MP Joshua Morris and member for Ripon Louise Staley at the Ballarat railway station.

Mr Guy said the short-term answer to the problems experienced by Ballarat commuters could be a reduction in services in exchange for an increase in carriages to overcrowded trains.

Mr Guy also slammed the Labor government’s change to the Ballarat timetables as part of the Regional Rail Link.

“The Ballarat line is now the worst regional line in the state. Fix this problem,” Mr Guy said.

“If you have services which aren’t being fully patronised, but you have services that are over-patronised, then use rail cars to make a six-car service for the ones that are over-patronised.

“It makes sense to put carriages on services that people are using, particularly peak hour, it doesn’t take any more timetable slots, what it does do is double the number of seats, and I think that is what people want to see.”

In the latest V/Line performance charts only 82.8 per cent of trains on the Ballarat line arrived within six minutes of their scheduled time during July. V/Line’s goal is for 92 per cent of its trains to arrive within that time frame.