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Packed to the limit

Early this week I had to board my train from Thornbury, the 7.59am service and there was hardly any space left on the train and some who couldn't withstand the packed conditions just let the train go.

For the next few stations people could only board the train if somebody was dropping off and that was the case when some students got off at Northcote and two or three people jumped on. This service is express from Clifton Hill but it could easily be express from Bell or Preston because there is hardly any space left after these two stations.

I am not surprised to read reports about overcrowding on Melbourne trains because over the last few weeks I have seen trains packed to absolute limit. I don't know why there has been such a surge in numbers but I think the time intervals need to revised to let the trains come every ten minutes or so on the Epping line instead of the current fifteen minutes.

Without reducing the time intervals between trains, the overcrowding will continue unabated but it means that more and more people further down the line will find no space on the train as they come full with no more space for more passengers.

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