Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Rail drama: Metro, Libs face rail change revolt

THE first two work days under the new train timetable have been marred by cancellations and delays affecting the Werribee and Williamstown lines.

Yesterday, three services were cancelled on the Werribee line and a train was pulled from action due to an unspecified fault.

On Monday, Metro said two faulty trains on the Sydenham and Epping lines caused 15-minute delays on the Werribee line.

"And we had two cases of passengers falling ill, causing congestion at Flinders Street and Footscray while we held those trains until appropriate help arrived," Metro spokesman Chris Whitefield said.

Altona Loop Action Group spokeswoman Sandra Wilson said her experience with new timetable showed there was "too much waiting time and too much margin for error".

"Our 9.10am shuttle didn't leave [Altona] until 9.20am, therefore we missed the connecting train at Newport." Hobsons Bay councillor for Altona ward, Tony Briffa said: "Metro and the Liberal government have set public transport backwards in Altona and Seaholme."

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