Trains North East Rail VLine Regional Public Transport

One in five V/Line trains off tracks for repairs

22 April 2021

Passengers on the north east and Seymour train lines have endured another horror month of service disruption, with 178 train services cancelled during the month of March.

Monthly performance data has revealed that V/Line again failed to meet its punctuality target, with only 91.7 per cent of services on the Seymour line and 82.8 per cent of services on the north east line arriving on time.

Member for Euroa and Shadow Minister for Regional Public Transport Steph Ryan said last month’s cancellations were a direct result of an ageing fleet and has reinforced calls for Andrews Labor Government to replace the rolling stock as promised, now that track works on the north east line are complete.

“One in five trains across the V/Line network are off the tracks for repair works,” Ms Ryan said.

“During March, six of the 25 N-class trains that service regional Victoria including the north east and Seymour line were non-operational.

“Six of the 21 Sprinters and 12 of 88 Velocities were also out of action, causing even further disruption to the network.

“It is abundantly clear that the N-class locos are way past their design life – they should have been replaced years ago. Some of the trains are now between 34 to 36 years old.

“The Andrews Government is sacrificing our line by using some of the older trains as spare parts to repair trains on other more populated lines.”

Ms Ryan said the Andrews Labor Government must ensure the six new V/Locity trains are on tracks and ready to go as promised, by mid-year following the completion of track upgrades on the north east line.

“Jacinta Allan and Jaclyn Symes are both on the record stating that the new trains would be on operational as soon as the track was complete.

“I think I can speak for all north east commuters and say that we are much looking forward to the arrival of the six new VLocity trains which the government has promised will start taking passengers in the second half of 2021.”

Photo caption: Nationals Member for Euroa and Shadow Minister for Regional Public Transport, Steph Ryan MP

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