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North east line derailed under Labor

27 July 2018

Cancelled services, longer wait times and more delays have become the norm on the north east line under Labor.

The latest performance data from V/Line shows a drastic decrease in punctuality and reliability since Daniel Andrews was elected in 2014.

Punctuality has decreased on the north east line from 97.1 per cent in Nov 2014 to 81.3 per cent in June 2018, with punctuality in the last 12 months averaging a dismal 73.1 per cent.

The number of cancellations has skyrocketed with 381 services cancelled in the last two years alone.

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said the figures reinforced a widely held concern that north east line travellers are being forgotten under Labor.

“North east line passengers deserve better than we’re getting under the city-centric Andrews Labor Government,” Ms Ryan said.

“It has been over a year and two state budgets since Daniel Andrews stood in Wangaratta and said he would buy new trains for our line.

“He has completely failed to deliver on his promise and travellers are fed up.

“Labor are prepared to pour billions into metro Melbourne, but they have abandoned country travellers leaving more and more people arriving late or stranded on replacement buses.”

Ms Ryan this week continued telling Parliament about the experiences of north east line travellers.

“I had a flood of people visiting my office last week about an incident that occurred on the 6.02pm service from Melbourne to Benalla,” Ms Ryan said.

“The train broke down between Kilmore East and Donnybrook, where passengers were forced to wait for 2 hours for a replacement engine to make its way to them.

“They were then pushed back to Melbourne where they had to board buses in order to get home. They did not make it home until 1.00 a.m. the next day and no compensation was offered to them.”

Ms Ryan said if The Nationals if elected in November they would order new trains in their first budget.

“We have announced a $633 million plan to buy new, fast, reliable trains for the north east line, ordered in 2019 and online by 2021.

“Country passengers deserve far better than the raw deal they’re getting from Daniel Andrews.”

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