The Victorian Government has announced 30 new Metro train services will be added at peak times every week from August 2017 in an effort to ease congestion.

The new timetable will start on 27 August 2017, and add a new morning and evening peak services on the Craigieburn, Sunbury and Werribee lines.

Victorian Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, said, ā€œWeā€™re running more trains at peak hour ā€“ when extra services and more room are needed most.

ā€œThe new services will make a real difference ā€“ getting people to work quicker and home sooner.ā€

The new services will create room for 27,000 extra passengers at the busiest times, every week ā€“ when more room and more services are needed most.

In a massive boost for Altona Loop passengers, 37 daily services that currently stop at Newport will be extended in the new timetable.

Two peak services on the Hurstbridge line will be extended providing more services for passengers in Rosanna, Macleod, Watsonia, Greensborough, Montmorency and Eltham.

Two minutes will be added to services on the Frankston Line in the new timetable, in preparation for the opening of Southland Station in late 2017 later this year, and the timing of connecting buses will be adjusted to align with train services.

This is the fourth metropolitan timetable change implemented by the Victorian Government, which has added more than 300 extra metro services and nearly 600 new regional services.

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