GIPPSLAND line passengers have won the right to their seats after a state government review saw a number of Pakenham pick up/drop off options removed from timetables.
New V/Line timetables mark Pakenham as drop off-only for city-bound services and pick up-only for Gippsland-bound.
Traralgon and Bairnsdale line services are frequently used by Metro customers, who pay significantly less for their seats on the faster V/Line services due to zoning pricing rules.
Peak services are often overcrowded due to the presence of Pakenham passengers who could be on other services.
The new timetables will come into effect on 21 June 2015.
Update (18:25): People travelling from Gippsland to Pakenham and back will not be affected.
Below from the 29 May 2015 edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen, out now for free from retailers across Baw Baw:
RAIL commuters frustrated by metropolitan passengers taking seats on regional services at cheaper rates may soon have a victory.
Pakenham commuters have the choice between both Metro and V/Line services, but only pay the lower Metro pricing to board the faster V/Line services.
Overcrowded evening peak services usually have spare seats after the Pakenham drop-off.
Sunbury is the only other station with a similar arrangement.
The Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen understands a review could see boarding restrictions implemented late next month, meaning Pakenham station would be set down only on city-bound services and pick up only for Gippsland-bound services.
Asked to confirm if that would be the case, a spokesperson for Public Transport Victoria said the rules were under review.
“Pick up and set down rules for V/Line services are being considered by the Government as part of the broader network change that will take place with the start of services on Regional Rail Link,” the spokesperson told the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen.
“Further information will be provided in coming weeks.”
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