V/Line way off tar­get

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - CHAD VAN ESTROP

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.

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