simonl wrote:Why would there be 4 car services on weekdays? Or do you mean the weekend service which was reduced to 4 cars to remove the repeaters?
Every train outside of the peak hours is a 4 car train... Has been since last Oct, as part of the getting rid of 6 car trains.
I particularly recommend you go to Parramatta and try and catch the 11.30am, 12.30pm & 1.30pm trains to the Mountains. Let me know if you can find a seat straight away. I'd like to know where I have to look for it.
gilberations wrote:OMG! I live in lithgow, and i can tell you it is always painful getting a train from central at the moment as 9 time out of 10 i have to wait till sometimes springwood, to get a seat, penrith if im lucky. this is due to 8 car trains going to mt vic and 4 car trains going the distance. also, people going to places like blacktown, parramatta and penrith catching the interurban for a quicker ride home.
Half the Peak Hour Trains go to Lithgow.
When I travel from Parramatta to Springwood in peak hour, the most I usually need to wait to get a seat is Emu Plains. By then you can easily find a seat.
simonl wrote:I've been to Sydney Terminal on numerous occassions, and I have never actually seen anyone left behind because they can't get on. I've never even seen a crush loaded interurban. I've seen numerous crush loaded suburbans though, and even people not being able to get on. The Cityrail statistics do not support the argument that interurban commuters cannot get on either.
I call crap!
Go out to Parramatta, by the time you got Strathfield & Parramatta people on, it can get pretty full.
simonl wrote:You do not know how many Parramatta bound people would use 17:23 ex-Central(i), for example.
Atleast 10 came out of one door of one carriage I was trying to get on the other day...
gilberations wrote:I beleive that with the introduction of the Shuttle, this should encourage the following.
1) 1 tph to Lithgow, meeting up with the bathurst shuttle every 2 hours. this train should run Lithgow, All to Katoomba, Lawson, Springwood, Blaxland, Penrith, Blacktown, Westmead, Parramatta, Strathfield, Central (i)
2) 1 tph to Katoomba, thus making 2 trains per hour through Katoomba, stoping All to Springwood, Blaxland, Glenbrook, Penrith, Blacktown, Westmead, Parramatta, Strathfield, Central (i)
3) 2 tph to Springwood, as an extension of the Western Line Emu Plains Terminators, thus 4tph thru Springwood. Stopping All to Seven Hills, Westmead, Parramatta, Granville, Lidcombe, Strathfield, Burwood, Redfern, Central, Town Hall, Milsons Point, North Sydney All to Hornsby/Berowra
The Bathurst shuttle will never ran that frequently. Not even the buses run that frequently. And where is the train supposedly doing the shuttle coming from?
Thats a massive increase in frequency & train requirements. Considering the V Sets are being withdrawn & Oscars go as far as Springwood, What do you expect to run your services? I think getting to the goal of a train to Lithgow every 2 hours would be much easier & likely to be acheived.
& While I'm here & we're OT
My Honest belief is that No Mountains train Ex Central after 3pm should stop at Westmead or Blacktown. & That those between 4 & 6pm should not set down at Penrith.
Wandering, Always wandering...
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