Sunbury line passengers will have more travel options with 15 extra services a week, with a redesigned timetable to take effect from early next year as Victorians get back onto the public transport network.

Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman MP today announced details of the Victorian Government’s new train timetable, which will add 10 new services during the busiest times of the day and five new off-peak services a week from 31 January 2021.

The extra services mean that trains will arrive at least every 10 minutes for longer during the busy morning and afternoon periods, helping people stagger their travel and stay safe.

These additional trains come on top of the 10 extra services the Government added in July– giving passengers more space on trains and platforms, making it easier to practise good physical distancing.

The new timetable prepares the network for the introduction of Melbourne’s bigger, better trains – which will run from Sunbury all the way through to Cranbourne and Pakenham when the Metro Tunnel opens in 2025.

The Government is making massive investments to maximise the benefits of the Metro Tunnel for Sunbury Line passengers, with the $2.1 billion Sunbury Line Upgrade paving the way for the new high capacity trains and making room for 113,000 more passengers every week.

To make it easier for metropolitan passengers to travel during quieter times and physically distance as Victoria recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, off-peak fares will be discounted for three months. From 31 January 2021, anyone using myki money between 9.30am and 4pm or after 7pm on weekdays will receive a 30 per cent discount.

To make sure Victorians can better access their local train stations, local bus services will gradually be brought in line with the new trains in February and April next year – with new timetables for 320 bus routes across the city.

To keep passengers safe, extra cleaning of all public transport facilities will continue across the network and hand sanitising facilities will stay at key stations and stops. Victorians are reminded to play their part in keeping our state safe by always wearing a mask on public transport, practising  good hygiene and never travelling when unwell.

The new timetables will be available at from 8 January 2021.

Quotes attributable to Natalie Suleyman MP:

“Our new train timetable will improve reliability and flexibility – delivering a train at least every 10 minutes for Sunbury line passengers during peak times.”

“This is just the first step in delivering a huge boost to Sunbury line services – with works on our $2.1 billion Sunbury Line Upgrade underway so passengers can see the benefits of the Metro Tunnel right through to Sunbury.”