Albury’s V/Line remains the most cancelled regional service, despite a sizable increase in reliability in June.
About 97 per cent of Albury line trains were delivered in June, a jump from just under 68 per cent in May, but the service, with Bendigo, is still ranked last in country V/Line service delivery.
Over 12 months, from June 2016 to June 2017, V/Line delivered just 90.8 per cent of services, more than seven per cent behind its closest regional counterpart.
Just over 91 per cent of services on the Albury line were as timetabled in June, down from 94.3 per cent in May.
Over 12 months, an average of 74.1 per cent of services were on-time.
Albury’s 12 month on-time average was the lowest of V/Line services, bar Warrnambool whose service was affected by temporary speed restrictions.
V/Line chief executive James Pinder said June’s reliability was 29 percentage points higher than May and the team were working on meeting reliability and punctuality targets.
“We made some changes to our maintenance program which meant our standard gauge trains experienced fewer faults in June and this is reflected with increased reliability of services,” he said.
“We delivered 169 of the 180 Albury services on time in June with some of our trains running behind schedule largely as a result of some track and signal faults on the Australian Rail Track Corporation network.
“We’re working closely with the ARTC to help minimise disruptions for passengers when unexpected delays occur on the line.”