Cosmetic fixes won’t fix poor performance on Geelong line
18 July 2019
Geelong commuters are still plagued by delays and unreliable train services.
The latest VLine performance figures show just 90.9 per cent of trains ran on time in June, failing to meet the performance target of 92 per cent.
Shadow Minister for Regional Public Transport Steph Ryan said worsening problems meant it was impossible for commuters to plan ahead and have confidence they would arrive for work and appointments on time.
“People commuting between Geelong and the city deserve to have a fast, modern rail service that provides a reliable connection with Melbourne, delivering more access to jobs and services, including health and education,” Ms Ryan said.
“But while trains continue to run late – or not at all – Daniel Andrews’ plan to improve services is new seat fabrics and new carpet.
“Daniel Andrews has found billions to put into level crossing cost blowouts in Melbourne, but when it comes to VLine we’re treated as second-class citizens.”
In June, 7 of Victoria’s 11 regional lines failed to meet the 92 per cent punctuality target. It means many commuters arrived at least six minutes late, while long-distance passengers were delayed by more than 11 minutes.
“The Federal Government has delivered more than $1.6 billion to upgrade the state’s rail network, but the Andrews Labor Government is investing just four per cent of the capital funding for public transport in this year’s Budget into Regional Victoria,” Ms Ryan said.
“Instead of tinkering with cosmetic fixes, we need genuine investment in track and signalling upgrades and fast, reliable, comfortable new trains.”