Ask Gladys

Posted: February 23, 2013 in Transport
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MX ran a feature yesterday called #AskGladys in which readers could tweet in questions to the Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian. Those that were forwarded to her were all answered an then posted to Twitter.

The responses give October as the date that the new 2013 timetable will be introduced, which means the date it is made public will be some time before that. They describe the new timetable as having more consistent patterns, which appears to mean a more harmonized stopping pattern. They also state that frequencies on the North Shore Line will be increased to the maximum 20 trains an hour currently possible, up from the current 18 during the morning peak.

Some highlights are included below, with the rest available by searching the hash tag #AskGladys on Twitter.

  1. Simon says:

    It’s a shame no one asked about integrated fares on Opal, which have never been promised.

  2. […] the moment that a new timetable, re-written from the ground up, will be introduced that features a streamlined network with additional services. But few details have been officially released, though some proposed changes have been leaked. […]

  3. mich says:

    Their idea of “harmonised stopping patterns” is rather bizarre. There will be trains skipping stops all over the place.

    A curious aspect of the plan, is that all-stops trains from Town Hall to Hornsby will have their journey time cut by 2 minutes, with no obvious reason how this is done. Increasing speed limits ?

  4. Stopping patterns are being harmonized via the reduction in number of stopping patterns. The best example is in the Inner West andSouth Lines, where trains currently follow one of roughly 9 different stopping patterns during the busiest hour of the morning peak. This is being reduced to 3 types of stopping patterns.

    These also follow a more clockface pattern. So generally one particular stopping pattern will happen every 15 minutes. Not only is this easier to remember, but it makes delays and disruptions due to complexity less likely.

    The timetable currently builds in buffer time to minimise delays such as these, but that makes journeys longer than they need to be. So this stopping pattern harmonization can reduce journey lengths, without increasing speeds or reducing the number of stations stopped at.

  5. […] gives: 15,494 – 6,886 + 6,800 +5,000 = 20,408 passengers per hour.  The government has committed to running 20 trains per hour on the North Shore Line once the NWRL is operational, which means 1,020 passengers per train, or […]

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