V/Line way off target
MORE than 220 trains were cancelled on the Geelong line in January as data revealed V/ Line had its worst punctuality result in 12 months.
Just 2217 trains out of 2697 arrived on time in January, or just 82 per cent, which is well short of its its punctuality target of 92 per cent.
It is the 38th time in the past 41 months V/Line has failed to meet its target.
The punctuality target allows trains to run up to five minutes 59 seconds late and still be considered on time.
Cancelled trains skyrocketed from 63 in December to 228 in January.
V/Line CEO James Pinder said Victoria’s fourth warmest January on record was a major contributor to the poor performance.
“Safety is our number one priority, so we enforce heat speed restrictions on really hot days because the steel tracks expand in the heat,” Mr Pinder said.
“We have made improvements on the Geelong line so trains can now travel at 130km/h when the temperature reaches 36 degrees, and slow down to 90km/h when the temperature hits 39 degrees.”
Mr Pinder said maintenance work on the line was under way.