Only two train ser­vices re­placed by coaches in Septem­ber

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

V/LINE has re­leased their per­for­mance statis­tics for Septem­ber, show­ing train re­li­a­bil­ity on the Al­bury line at its high­est level in two years.

The lat­est per­for­mance fig­ures show 98.9 per cent of train ser­vices were de­liv­ered in Septem­ber, ex­ceed­ing the 96 per cent tar­get and re­turn­ing the best re­sult since De­cem­ber 2016.

The pre­vi­ous Au­gust month showed re­li­a­bil­ity at 95.7 per cent and punc­tu­al­ity at 86.4 per cent, fall­ing short of their 96 per cent re­li­a­bil­ity tar­get and 92 per cent punc­tu­al­ity tar­get.

Two per­for­mance mea­sures used to gather statis­tics are time run­ning per­for­mance (punc­tu­al­ity) and ser­vices de­liv­ered per­for­mance (re­li­a­bil­ity).

On long dis­tance ser­vices punc­tu­al­ity is mea­sured on time to 10 min­utes 59 sec­onds.

V/Line chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer James Pin­der said there were a num­ber of rea­sons for the no­tice­able lift in train re­li­a­bil­ity.

“We are again see­ing the ben­e­fits of the re­cent in­vest­ment in mak­ing the Al­bury line train fleet more re­li­able, with bet­ter main­te­nance pro­ce­dures and a re­duc­tion in train faults caus­ing can­cel­la­tions,” he said.

“Hav­ing just two of the 180 sched­uled ser­vices re­placed by coaches is a much-im­proved re­sult and a credit to ev­ery­one who has worked hard to achieve this out­come.”

Punc­tu­al­ity for the line again fell short for the Septem­ber month at 84.2 per cent, miss­ing their 92 per cent tar­get.

Pri­mary cause of de­lays on the Al­bury line ser­vices were van­dal­ism, in­clud­ing cop­per wire theft, third-party op­er­a­tors and tem­po­rary track speed re­stric­tions..

“Not only does van­dal­ism in­con­ve­nience our pas­sen­gers, it is ex­tremely dan­ger­ous and il­le­gal,” Mr Pin­der said.

Across the net­work for Septem­ber, a to­tal of 88.2 per cent of ser­vices ar­rived at their des­ti­na­tion on time last month, the high­est punc­tu­al­ity re­sult in al­most two years.

Al­though the Al­bury/Wodonga line has failed to meet their 92 per cent punc­tu­al­ity tar­get for the past 12 months.

Pa­tron­age on the V/Line net­work in­creased by 1.5 mil­lion in 2017-18 show­ing a con­tin­u­ing year-on-year up­ward trend from 14.5 mil­lion in 2013-14 to 20.8 mil­lion last fi­nan­cial year.

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