Trains North East Rail

Punctuality on North East line hits a five-year low

12 April 2019

The north east line recorded its worst performance in five years in March, with just 52.7 per cent of services arriving on time.

The latest VLine performance data comes as communities along the line call for Federal Labor to match a commitment from the Federal Liberal Nationals to invest $235 million to fix the track.

Euroa MP and Shadow Minister for Regional Public Transport Steph Ryan said unreliable train services were making it harder for people across the Euroa electorate to get to medical appointments and see family and friends.

“Passengers can no longer rely on public transport services to get them to specialist appointments in the city,” Ms Ryan said.

Regional passengers are on slow, unreliable trains under the Andrews Government and it’s only getting worse.

Across all regional lines, 84.4 per cent of services ran on time in March, far short of the 92 per cent target. Over five years, just 86.2 per cent of services made it to their destination on time, leaving commuters on nearly 57,000 services running late.

VLine is also failing to meet reliability targets, with 95.2 per cent of services delivered in March, below the 96 per cent target.

Ms Ryan said while the Andrews Government poured billions into Melbourne metro projects, it refused to commit to desperately-needed regional rail upgrades.

“The Andrews Government’s abandoned our region leaving us with unreliable, slow and uncomfortable trains,” Ms Ryan said.

“Daniel Andrews promised new trains for the north east line back in 2016, but three years later Labor still hasn’t delivered them.

“Better rail connections between regional communities will transform regional Victoria making it possible to live in one town and work in another but that won’t happen while Labor treats us as second class citizens.”

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