|23 minute gap caused by an express|
Here is BrizCommuter's guide as to why the express services were abolished:
- The sector 2 timetables are based around a recurring 15 minute cycle in the peak period.
- In the am peak, and majority of the pm peak, the Ferny Grove Line has 2 trains services per 15 minute cycle. These services have specific slots through the CBD in between services on the Airport, Shorncliffe, and Doomben Lines.
- If a Ferny Grove Line service was to run express, it would take up 2 slots instead of 1 as it runs slightly faster.
- This would result in service gaps of up to 22-23 minutes instead of 7-8 minutes for non-served stations - that's a 15 minute longer wait for some passengers so that others can get to work a few minutes faster!
- It would also result in service gaps of up to 15 minutes instead of 7-8 minutes for stations served by the expresses - that's a 7-8 minute longer wait for passengers who use stations served by the express service so that they can get to work a few minutes faster!
- Just 1 express per hour would reduce the capacity of the line and trains per hour figure by 12.5%.
- 2 expresses per hour would reduce the capacity of the line and trains per hour figure by 25%.
- The Ferny Grove Line is only 16km long, shorter than many metro lines around the world, and is thus too short to realistically justify an express service.
- The old timetable had just 1 express service per hour, which was not useful to anyone travelling on the other services. Only an idiot would plan their life around an hourly express service.
So as you can see, express services on the Ferny Grove Line are not justified, and commuters still wanting an express service to and from Ferny Grove are quite frankly selfish.
Recent outbreaks of "morning 3-car-itis", and "15 minute gap before the 5:26pm fever" are however entirely justified.