Train services fall below par

Train searvices on the Sunbury line fell well short of new performance targets during February, according to new data.

Public Transport Victoria last week released its monthly report into public transport performance, with the Sunbury line delivering 88.9 per cent of services on-time, a 1.6 per cent drop since January.

The result means the Sunbury line has failed to meet the new target of 92 per cent in every month since it was introduced in November, 2017.

PTV chief executive Jeroen Weimar said the new targets were all about holding public transport operators to a higher standard.

“Under their previous contracts, our train and tram operators would have exceeded their punctuality targets but in the new contracts we raised the bar to ensure they are pushed to deliver a better travel experience for passengers,” Mr Weimar said. “These tougher contracts have been designed to drive Yarra Trams and Metro to keep improving.”

There were mixed results for V/Line services, with reliability on the Ballarat line slipping by 1.4 per cent to 82.1 per cent of services on time, but Bendigo line services improving by nearly 10 per cent in the past month.

After a poor start to the year, the Bendigo line improved reliability to 84.1 per cent, just shy of the statewide average of 84.6 per cent.