Station patronage in Victoria for 2013-2018

I have recently acquired patronage data for all railway stations in Victoria between 2013-2018.

After requests to Public Transport Victoria and V/Line were answered last week, I compiled this data into two spreadsheets for your viewing pleasure:

I will be writing a series of posts interrogating this data more closely over the coming weeks.



Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

18 February, 2019 at 7:47 pm

This is great data! I wonder why Dingee isn’t in the list of V/Line stations? I would have thought it would be the least used in Victoria, given the low population in its catchment. The drop-off in patronage at Elmore in 2016-17 looks suspect.

18 February, 2019 at 8:54 pm
– In reply to: atlight2

Good pickup – I’m not sure! Elmore does look a bit suspicious. It could be a data error or perhaps some sort of local disruptions. I had a look but couldn’t find anything though.

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22 February, 2019 at 1:42 pm

Did they not provide any information regarding Horsham and the stations out there that are serviced by the Overland?

23 February, 2019 at 9:14 am
– In reply to: James

Good pickup – apparently not! The spreadsheets on the linked post are all the information that I received. I’ll definitely ask for them next time.

22 February, 2019 at 1:43 pm

Also, did you request coach information?

23 February, 2019 at 9:14 am
– In reply to: jamesbushellauJa

No didn’t actually. I will definitely ask for that next time as well.

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Is buses replacing trains counted as station patronage aswell?

6 July, 2019 at 7:12 pm
– In reply to: leo

Good question, I don’t believe so. That is why for some years you can see a drop in patronage (e.g. for the LXRA works on the Dandenong Line in Murrumbeena/Carnegie/Hughesdale).

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9 December, 2021 at 11:16 pm

Philip, the SRL project predicts 20,000 people per day alighting and boarding at the proposed Cheltenham station by 2041. The interchange from Southland station is 17,400 people per day. by 2041. SRL propose a pedestrian /cycling bridge over Bay Road to transfer between Southland and SRL. Southland has only one entry from Southland car park on the east, a tunnel under the tracks with steps down and up to the platform 1 on west side.Also ramps down to the tunnel and up again on to platfrom 1. For platform 2 there are ramps down to the forceourt infront of the tunnel. Buses cannot enter the southland car park so local passengers have to be dropped /pick up by car, or walk or ride through the carpark to get into soiuthland and access the bridge. It looks to me that Southland station could not handle this many people through one tunnel with intersecting ramps. Looking at your 2018 data it appears Cheltenham has about 3600 ppd based on 250 days/year. It has 2 sets of wide stairs, 3 platforms, lifts and a wide entry with about 6 MYKI gates. South Yarra has about 18,000 ppd based on the 2018 figures and 250 days per year. It has 3 wide ramps and platforms and a wide entry with multiple MYKI gates and is considered over crowded with severe problems at the entry. I cant see how Southland could ever handle 17,400 ppd. without a western entry, duplicate tunnels and a connecting Shared Path from Cheltenham to cater for locals as well as the transfers

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