23 June, 2023
Mixed results continue for V/Line
V/LINE’S reliability performance has remained at its target level while punctuality continues to fall short.
The Warrnambool line recorded a reliability result of 96 per cent for the month of May, achieving the reliability target for the sixth consecutive month.
Just 10 of the 248 services that were scheduled to operate on the line for the month were unable to run for all, or part of the journey.
The main factors that led to services being unable to operate as scheduled included a signal fault at Waurn Ponds and a train fault on May 29.
While the reliability result continued to meet its performance target, the punctuality result for the line was 80.7 per cent.
A V/Line spokesperson said delays had been caused by a number of factors including temporary speed restrictions along the line, a signal fault between Colac and Birregurra, and a train fault.
“We continue to work hard to deliver safe and reliable train services for Warrnambool Line passengers and it’s pleasing to see strong results for reliability over recent months,” the spokesperson said.
“Crews completed important maintenance upgrades to the line in May, while work also continues to enable modern VLocity trains to run in southwest Victoria for the first time.”
The spokesperson said upgrades along the Warrnambool line had continued through April and May, as V/Line crews completed a major program of track, signal and infrastructure maintenance and renewal works.
“These works are essential for the ongoing upkeep of the network, and to help ensure we can continue to deliver a safe and reliable service to Warrnambool line passengers,” the spokesperson said.
“Significant upgrade works are also continuing in Geelong as part of the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication project.
“A newly-built train maintenance and stabling facility at Waurn Ponds recently enabled 31 additional peak and shoulder peak services to be extended to and from South Geelong, Marshall and Waurn Ponds stations each week.”