Trains con­tinue to fall short of tar­gets

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

Pas­sen­ger trains on the Trar­al­go­nMel­bourne line con­tin­ued to fall short of the tar­geted per­for­mance dur­ing De­cem­ber.

Dur­ing all of the first six months of the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year trains have failed to reached the tar­geted 92 per cent reach­ing their des­ti­na­tions within six min­utes.

In De­cem­ber the fig­ure was 82.2 per cent, the worst per­for­mances among the “short dis­tance” V/Line re­gional train routes. How­ever, all came up short of the tar­get. Since last July punc­tu­al­ity on the Trar­al­gon line has ranged from a low of 80.1 per cent – four out of five trains – ar­riv­ing within six min­utes of schedule – in Novem­ber to a high of 87.8 in Au­gust.

Re­li­a­bil­ity of trains - that is, the num­ber of sched­uled ser­vices that ran – were be­tween 97 and 98 per cent over each of the six months, ex­ceed­ing the 96 per cent tar­get.

On the long dis­tance Gipp­s­land ser­vice – “The Gipp­s­lan­der” – that op­er­ates be­tween Bairns­dale and Mel­bourne punc­tu­al­ity slumped to 65.3 per cent.

Only two of three trains on the route reached their des­ti­na­tions within the tar­geted 11 min­utes of sched­uled ar­rival times.

Ac­cord­ing to the monthly sta­tis­tics pro­vided by V/Line the av­er­age num­ber of pas­sen­gers on peak morn­ing and evening Trar­al­go­nMel­bourne ser­vices left some seat­ing avail­able.

On the four morn­ing peak ser­vices from Trar­al­gon ar­riv­ing in the city be­tween seven and nine am the num­ber of seats oc­cu­pied at the busiest points on the route var­ied be­tween 55 and 73 per cent.

Of the af­ter­noon peak ser­vices the 4.16 and 4.58pm de­par­tures from South­ern Cross had an av­er­age of 94 and 90 per cent of seats oc­cu­pied on the busiest parts of the trips.

The fig­ure dropped to 61 per cent on the ser­vice leav­ing Mel­bourne at 5.37pm.

V/Line points out that the num­bers are av­er­ages that re­flect any in­crease or de­crease in car­riages dur­ing the month and av­er­age seat­ing ca­pac­ity can fluc­tu­ate on a daily ba­sis due to changes to car­riage con­fig­u­ra­tions.

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