Since our last exciting episode, PTV have made a number of revisions to the draft rail map. Here’s the latest version:
As I said back in April, I really like this new design, which better represents how the rail network operates.
Changes since that earlier draft that I can see include:
- Sandringham line at an angle which better reflects geographic reality, rather than implying it runs into the middle of the bay!
- Likewise some other line directions have been modified to reflect reality, for instance Warrnambool, Stony Point, Bairnsdale, Belgrave
- The Showgrounds/Racecourse line has been lightened so it’s not stark black now
- Most of the complicated dashed lines have been taken out, such as Alamein joining the main line at Camberwell, and the strange dual Glen Waverley markings on the old version
- A triangle indicator representing the last stop in zone 2 — while zones will be much less important (in Melbourne at least) it’ll be helpful for Melbourne users (especially those on Passes) to easily see how far they can go without incurring a zone 3 or higher fare
- Regional Rail Link is shown as a dotted line on the map… to become solid when it opens
- The earlier one had an airport indicator at Southern Cross, which some people claimed was confusing. It’s goneski.
Some people have complained it doesn’t allow space for the Doncaster line. I reckon if that’s the worst problem, that’s not saying much — unfortunately neither side of politics is saying they’ll build it anytime soon… ditto Rowville. It does have space for two that are more likely to get up in the near future: Airport (Coalition), Mernda (Labor)… though the designers may have to do a bit of fiddling to get either rail tunnel scheme in.
What do you think? Leave a comment here or on the PTUA’s Facebook page — they will be passed back to PTV.
I should have posted this originally, but it slipped my mind… the text from an explanatory note (following up from the previous draft) provided by PTV:
Victorian Rail Network Map
Concept 2 – Explanatory Note
This document outlines some of the changes to the new train map that have been made as a result of public consultation and feedback. The new map is proposed to be introduced in 2015 when Regional Rail Link Stations at Wyndham Vale and Tarneit are opened. Feedback is sought on this revised version so further improvements can be made.
- Feedback on the new map has generally been positive.
- While the map is designed to be schematic, the direction of some lines has been altered
to be more geographically accurate following customer feedback.
- Feedback indicated that using a dotted line to indicate direct services from Glen Waverley to Flinders Street was confusing. In this version Glen Waverley has been given its own line colour. It is usual that Glen Waverley trains operate direct to Flinders Street, but generally return to Glen Waverley via the loop in the afternoons and on weekends. This information has been included in the key.
- The dotted line at Camberwell to represent peak hour Alamein trains travelling to/from the city was viewed as being misleading and has been removed, replaced with a note in the key. This map will be primarily used by occasional users, and reflects that passengers traveling from the city to Alamein will normally need to change at Camberwell.
- The new Regional Rail Link stations have been shown in this version.
- New stations that will open later this year (Waurn Ponds and Epsom) are now shown
- The special events line has been lightened to avoid giving the impression that it operates all the time.
- The boundary of the metropolitan area (Zone 1+2) has been indicated by little triangles – so that passengers can see the boundary of the metropolitan fare (which will be a maximum of a Zone 1 fare from 1 January 2015).
- Transfer points between V/Line and Metro service have been revised to reflect where transfers are more likely to occur.
- The designation for the Stony Point line has been changed to make it clearer that the service is operated by Metro. The line has been kept in grey as the line is operated by trains branded with V/Line and the service level provided is more consistent with a V/Line service than other Metro lines.
- The Airport bus designation at Southern Cross was perceived by some users to be confusing and this has been removed.
- There is now clearer designation of the boundary of the myki area on V/Line services. Feedback indicated people preferred the boundary to end at a station rather than between stations.
- East Richmond is shown on the Glen Waverley Line even though some Lilydale/Belgrave trains do stop there. In the long term, it is intended that East Richmond will be exclusively a Glen Waverley Line station.
- When Regional Rail Link opens, the V/Line service running parallel with the Werribee Line will be removed and the map will reflect this. This may provide the opportunity to improve the design of the Werribee Line, including swapping certain station names to the other side of the line.
A number of changes that were suggested have not been included. These include:
- Consideration was given to including Overland stations but this was decided against as the product provided to customers differs from that offered on V/Line. There are two Overland services between Adelaide and Melbourne per week in each direction.
- It is not proposed to include tourist railways.
- While bus and tram connections are not proposed to be shown on this map, it is intended that electronic versions of the map will be display connecting bus and tram services when customers select a particular station.
- This map is designed to be part of a suite of products for customers. Local area maps that show train, tram and bus services will be improved to assist passengers making multi-modal journeys.
- Line diagrams for each line, based on the colours shown in the new map, will include a range of information that cannot be easily shown on a network map.
- The map is intended to show the network as it will exist from 2015 and does not include proposed train stations or train lines that will not be completed by this time.
- Consideration was given to showing loop directions. At present only the South Morang/Hurstbridge Loop has been altered to operate clockwise seven days a week. When more loops are altered to operate in a consistent manner, then loop direction will be included on the map.