Per­for­mance tar­gets missed

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - V/Line’s per­for­mance in the past decade has come under fire in a re­port from The Vic­to­rian Au­di­tor-Gen­eral’s Of­fice. By Lewis Fis­cher

The Vic­to­rian Au­di­torGen­eral’s Of­fice has found se­vere de­fi­cien­cies in the per­for­mance of the re­gional V/Line net­work over the past decade.

V/Line had mostly fallen short of its tar­gets, com­mu­nity ex­pec­ta­tions and had not suc­cess­fully dealt with the chal­lenges it’s faced in the past 10 years, the re­port said.

Rapid pop­u­la­tion growth, over­crowd­ing, on­go­ing main­te­nance is­sues and an age­ing fleet have all put pres­sure on the op­er­a­tor al­though V/Line has re­cently started to turn around this sit­u­a­tion.

‘‘This re­port shows V/Line is back on track, af­ter years of cuts and ne­glect from the for­mer Lib­eral and Na­tional Gov­ern­ment,’’ Public Trans­port Min­is­ter Jac­inta Al­lan said.

‘‘We in­her­ited an op­er­a­tor in cri­sis but our record in­vest­ment in trains, main­te­nance and the re­gional op­er­a­tor has turned that around.’’

But Mem­ber for Euroa Steph Ryan said the re­port con­firmed the gov­ern­ment is under-in­vest­ing in rolling stock.

‘‘V/Line’s own as­sess­ment of its trains shows that $53 mil­lion of rolling stock needs to be re­placed im­me­di­ately,’’ Ms Ryan said.

Ms Ryan said the re­port backed up her con­cerns and those that many peo­ple on the Sey­mour and North­East lines had raised with her about over­crowd­ing.

The lat­est V/Line ca­pac­ity data shows that in June this year, the 4.31 pm and 5.11 pm trains from Mel­bourne to Sey­mour were at 98 per cent and 100 per cent ca­pac­ity re­spec­tively.

The VAGO re­port was es­pe­cially crit­i­cal of the way V/Line mea­sured its per­for­mance and made sev­eral rec­om­men­da­tions in­clud­ing that V/Line strengthen its process for mon­i­tor­ing and mea­sur­ing on-time trains.

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