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ONE north-east train in 168 runs on time in May

19 June 2020

Passengers on just one of 168 trains on the Albury/Wodonga line in May arrived at their destination on time – the lowest result ever recorded.

Shadow Minister for Regional Public Transport and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said V/Line’s latest performance figures showed the north east line once again failed to meet the 92 per cent punctuality target, with just 0.6 per cent of trains running on time.

Speaking in Parliament on Thursday, Ms Ryan called on the Public Transport Minister to urgently convene a working group to examine the woeful performance of the north east line.

“The Andrews Government is now so mired in political corruption that it can no longer deliver even the most basic of services,” Ms Ryan said.

“Since the beginning of the year, there have been 682 train services that have run on the north-east line. Just 122 of those services have arrived within 10 minutes of their scheduled time.

“The Minister must agree to a working group that includes MPs from across the political divide and councils along the north east line to interrogate V/Line’s abysmal performance.

“While Labor MPs are busy fighting among themselves, country Victorians are beyond frustrated with the ongoing failure of the V/Line network.

“North east commuters know only too well the consequences of Labor’s neglect of V/Line, but just one train running on time takes its failed management to a new low.

“Under Daniel Andrews, you are more likely to find a golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory than you are to get on a train on the north east line that arrives on time,” Ms Ryan said.

Caption: Steph Ryan and Violet Town resident Iain Atkin say urgent action is needed to fix the abysmal performance of V/Line trains on the north east line.

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