V/Line picks up the pace on train line

PEOPLE who used the Warrnambool train line in February were almost three times as likely to arrive on time than this time last year, new data has revealed.

But V/Line has conceded there is still room for improvement.

V/Line has revealed 84.2 per cent of services arrived on time on the Warrnambool line in February, while reliability jumped to 98.6 per cent.

James Pinder, chief executive officer of V/Line, said it was pleasing to see an uplift in performances, but recognised there was still room for improvement.

“Its pleasing to see an increase to both punctuality and reliability in February and we will be working to make further improvements to performance over the coming months,” Mr Pinder said.

“Punctuality on the line was 29.7 per cent in February last year so there has been a huge improvement in on-time running since we’ve upgraded 22 level crossings and removed temporary speed restrictions along the line.”

It was also an increase on January, when just 83.7 per cent of services arrived on time.

Mr Pinder said performance over the summer months typically dropped when trains slowed down as a safety precaution.

“January was particularly challenging across the network with the extreme heat but there were fewer days of heat restrictions last month,” he said.

Across the V/Line network, 82.7 per cent of services arrived at their destination on time in February.

For reliability, 96.3 per cent of services were delivered for the month network-wide.