V/Line says it’s on track for Echuca

The Riverine Herald - - GAME ON SUMMER -

V/LINE is tout­ing the punc­tu­al­ity of Echuca and Swan Hill trains as it ex­ceeded the 92 per cent punc­tu­al­ity tar­get for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive month.

This means the ser­vice was run­ning on time a com­bined 92.9 per cent of the time in Septem­ber.

The Echuca line recorded 95.1 per cent punc­tu­al­ity for Septem­ber and a 100 per cent re­li­a­bil­ity with no un­planned can­cel­la­tions.

Swan Hill trains ran on time 91.4 per cent of the time. The line achieved 99.2 per cent re­li­a­bil­ity, ex­ceed­ing the 96 per cent tar­get for ser­vices de­liv­ered, with just one ser­vice can­celled for the month.

V/Line chief ex­ec­u­tive James Pin­der said the Echuca and Swan Hill per­for­mance re­sults were pos­i­tive.

“Some of the changes we made in the Au­gust timetable are hav­ing great flow on ef­fects to the cor­ri­dor, de­liv­er­ing more re­li­able and punc­tual trains for our pas­sen­gers,” he said.

Most de­lays to Echuca and Swan Hill ser­vices last month were due to tres­pass­ing in­ci­dents that meant trains had to be held un­til given the all clear, van­dal­ism and a track fault at Taradale.

“We con­tinue to re­mind peo­ple to avoid tak­ing risks in the rail re­serve, as it not only de­lays ser­vices but is ex­tremely dan­ger­ous,” Mr Pin­der said.

“If any­one wit­nesses this sort of risky be­hav­iour, we en­cour­age them to re­port it im­me­di­ately.”

Across the net­work, 97.5 per cent of ser­vices were de­liv­ered for the month, also ex­ceed­ing the re­li­a­bil­ity tar­get and im­prov­ing on the pre­vi­ous month.

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