Gippsland V/Line still worst for delays

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GIPPSLAND V/Line customers continue to be hit with the worst V/Line delays in the state.

The latest V/Line statistics for July, 2014, showed the rate of punctuality of Bairnsdale services was only 77.7 per cent, well below the V/Line benchmark of 92 per cent, and across Gippsland, only 81.7 per cent of services reportedly arrived on time.

The figures also showed that Bairnsdale customers experienced the worst delays of any service, with almost one in four trains late.

Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber said the current rate of punctuality was unacceptable.

“It is time for the Terry Mulder to explain why V/Line is continually unable to meet its performance benchmarks,” Mr Barber said.

“Was there a shortage of rolling stock, was the driver sick, was there a cow on the tracks, was there a tree across the line?

“It isn’t acceptable for our regional trains to perform so poorly month in, month out.

“V/Line’s Gippsland performance is consistently terrible.

“People across Gippsland and Eastern Victoria need trains that get them where they need to be, when they need to be there.

“In 2011, V/Line provided a report explaining what they need to fix their performance and punctuality problems, but the Napthine government has largely ignored their recommendations.

Shadow transport minister Jill Hennessy said the state government had allowed regional train services to go backwards.

“The Liberals and Nationals need to stop fighting each other and instead stand up for better regional public transport,” she said.