V/Line Trains Public Transport North East Rail

V/Line on the wrong track under Daniel Andrews

10 August 2017

The Auditor General has tabled a damning report of V/Line's performance in Parliament, supporting the concerns of train users on the north-east, Seymour and Shepparton lines.

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said the V/Line Passenger Services report showed trains were failing to meet performance targets under the Andrews Government.

It reveals:

  • Passengers are now forced to stand on a third of V/Line's peak services, including a number of peak services to Seymour (p. 21 and 77);
  • Since October last year V/Line has repeatedly failed to meet its targets and community expectations on the north-east corridor, which includes Seymour, Shepparton and north-east trains (p. 9 and 69); and
  • The classic fleet of vehicles in service on the Shepparton and north east lines are well beyond their 30-year design life (p.49).

Ms Ryan said the report also confirmed that the Andrews Government is underinvesting in rolling stock.

“V/Line's own assessment of its trains shows that $53 million of rolling stock needs to be replaced immediately,” Ms Ryan said.

“Daniel Andrews needs to come good on the promise he made to replace the aging rolling stock on the north east line now we have secured a $140 million investment from Federal Infrastructure Minister Darren Chester to improve the track.”

Ms Ryan said the report backed up concerns many people on the Seymour and north-east lines had raised with her about overcrowding in recent months.

“Peak hour services on the Seymour and north-east lines have been horribly overcrowded ever since the Andrews Government reduced the number of carriages on the trains.

“A number of people travelling from Benalla have found that they cannot reserve a seat because the train is too full, while commuters travelling home on the Seymour line are often forced to stand for a lengthy period due to overcrowding.

The latest V/Line capacity data shows that in June this year the 4.31pm and 5.11pm trains from Melbourne to Seymour were at 98 per cent and 100 per cent capacity respectively.

The Auditor General also revealed the government doesn’t monitor how many people miss connecting regional bus services when trains are not on time.

To read the full report, visit https://www.audit.vic.gov.au/report/vline-passenger-services


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