3 August, 2023
VLine performance improves
THE performance of V/Line is now on the rise after uneven results have been recorded since October last year.
Performance on the Warrnambool line was highlighted by a strong reliability result of 98.9 per cent for the month, exceeding the reliability target for the seventh month in a row and improving by almost three per cent on the May result.
Of the 264 services scheduled to operate on the line just three were cancelled, two the result of a train fault and the third due to a trespasser.
The punctuality result for the Warrnambool line in June was 85.7.
Despite the result falling 6.3 per cent below the punctuality performance target, the figure marked an increase on the 80.7 per cent result in May and was the best result recorded since November 2022.
Reasons for the delays included train and track infrastructure faults and temporary speed restrictions between Waurn Ponds and Camperdown.
“Warrnambool line passengers had one of the most reliable services on the network in June, while punctuality was the highest it has been this year,” a V/Line spokesperson said.
“The strong performance on the Warrnambool line this month follows the completion of major track, signal and infrastructure maintenance and renewal works in May.
“These works are critical to ensuring we continue to deliver a safe and reliable service for our passengers.”
V/Line had previously cited punctuality issues due to ongoing improvements on the Warrnambool line.
Crews completed a major program of track, signal and infrastructure maintenance and renewal works along the Warrnambool line in late April and early May.
“These works are essential for the ongoing upkeep of the network and help ensure we can continue to deliver a safe and reliable service to Warrnambool line passengers,” the V/Line spokesperson said.
“Significant upgrade works are also continuing in Geelong as part of the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication project.
“At the same time, work continues on Stage 2 of the Warrnambool Line Upgrade, which will allow modern and reliable VLocity trains to travel to and from Warrnambool for the first time.”