According to a recent report in The Age the Hurstbridge line will miss out on improved weekend rail service frequencies
to come into operation in late April (See “City’s train services set for major overhaul,” The Age, 7 March 2012.
This follows previous service upgrades on 8 May 2011, which left Hurstbridge line services unaffected whilst Lilydale and Belgrave lines got 25 extra services, Frankston 15 and Sandringham 18 more services each week day.
It appears that as a result of the latest timetable changes there will be twice as many services between 10.30 am and 7 pm on Saturdays and Sundays on the Ringwood, Frankston and Dandenong lines as on the Hurstbridge line. Services on these lines will be upgraded to 10 minute intervals whilst Hurstbridge line services remain stuck on 20 minute intervals.
Saturday and Sunday services are to remain a disaster zone for Hurstbridge, Wattle Glen and Diamond Creek passengers with 40 minute services at best and hourly services on Saturday evenings.