More trains on time on the Bendigo line in June: V/Line

PUNCTUALITY on the Bendigo line is improving, according to V/Line.

Statistics released by the regional public transport operator this afternoon state that 80 per cent of services in June were on time. 

More than 96 per cent of services on the Bendigo line ran last month.

“While we acknowledge there is always room for improvement, it was good to see better results for the line last month and we want to ensure this continues,” V/Line chief executive officer James Pinder said.

Punctuality on the Bendigo line dropped to 76.9 per cent in May, the second worst result in more than two years.

The last time V/Line exceeded its punctuality target, of 92 per cent, on the Bendigo line was in May 2015.

Commuter services are considered to be late up until six minutes after their scheduled time frame.

V/Line has exceeded its reliability target of 96 per cent on the Bendigo line for the past five months.

Trains stopping at stations longer than expected; train and track faults; and inclement weather conditions were listed as the main reasons for delays to Bendigo line services last month.

V/Line also acknowledged delays in the shared section of the network, with a signal fault in the afternoon peak at Albion on June 28 disrupting services.

Mr Pinder said V/Line was working hard with Metro Trains Melbourne and Public Transport Victoria to look at performance in shared sections of the network.

“We share the network with Metro at Sunbury so it’s really important we’re working together to look at what we can do to improve performance in these shared sections to help reduce delays,” he said.

He said improving performance at the same time as meeting patronage growth continued to be a focus.

“We had more than 1.5 million passenger trips on our trains last month and the Bendigo line continues to be one of our busiest,” Mr Pinder said.

A total of 83.1 per cent of services across the V/Line network arrived at their destination on time in June – an increase on the May punctuality result of 79.3 per cent.

But services collectively fell short of the reliability target, with total of 95.9 per cent of services delivered across the network last month.