Trav­ellers mov­ing bet­ter than ever

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - By Cathy Walker

Train punc­tu­al­ity for Seymour’s V/Line line trav­ellers im­proved by about six per cent in the 12 months to De­cem­ber 2016.

But the Al­bury line that also ser­vices Seymour pas­sen­gers lan­guished well be­low the de­sir­able thresh­old. Al­bury ser­vices on av­er­age were not on time nearly 20 per cent of the time, or on one in five oc­ca­sions.

Pub­lic Trans­port Vic­to­ria last week pub­lished re­sults for De­cem­ber 2016, with per­for­mance re­main­ing steady across all three modes.

V/Line de­liv­ered 84.7 per cent of ser­vices on-time in De­cem­ber, with Metro trains record­ing 91.9 per cent and Yarra Trams 82 per cent.

An­nu­ally, 98.5 per cent of Seymour ser­vices ran, against the statewide net­work fig­ure for V/Line of 96.8 per cent.

In De­cem­ber 2015, the Seymour ser­vice was run­ning on time 82.9 per cent of the time; that fig­ure was 88.2 per cent for De­cem­ber 2016 with an av­er­age an­nual on-time fig­ure of 89.1. April and July were stand­out months for ser­vice de­liv­ery on the Seymour ser­vice with more than 92 per cent of trains run­ning to sched­ule.

How­ever in the 12 months to last De­cem­ber, the Al­bury ser­vice av­er­aged an an­nual fig­ure of just 79.7 per cent with Novem­ber (55.2) and De­cem­ber (56.7) — an alarm­ing drop from the year-high of May when 93.5 per cent of trains ar­rived or left punc­tu­ally.

Se­nior Pub­lic Trans­port Vic­to­ria bu­reau­crat War­wick Hors­ley said re­sults on many lines had ex­ceeded their per­for­mance thresh­olds ‘‘de­spite a dif­fi­cult month with ex­treme and un­pre­dictable weather, in­clud­ing flood­ing on parts of the net­work.

‘‘They have been able to keep cus­tomers mov­ing de­spite a chal­leng­ing en­vi­ron­ment,’’ Mr Hors­ley said.

V/Line per­for­mance re­sults are avail­able at: www.ptv.vic.gov.au/ track­record

Get­ting there: V/Line ser­vices achieved bet­ter punc­tu­al­ity last year.

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