One step forward, two steps back for Warrnambool's V/Line service

Media release
11 July 2016

One step forward, two steps back for Warrnambool’s V/Line service

VLine-train-Sale3Warrnambool’s V/Line service has again taken out the dubious honour of being the slowest in the state for June.

Data released on Friday shows while all services were delivered, only 77.2 per cent arrived on time, a fall on the May figure of 85.0.

South West Coast MP Roma Britnell said it was like taking one step forward and two steps back when it came to the south-west’s rail service.

“When it looks like things might improve, the next month’s data says otherwise,” Mrs Britnell said.

“Not only are we being forced to put up with rattling old carriages that are freezing in winter and hot in summer, we also have to sit in them for longer than needed.

“It’s not good enough; something needs to be done to improve the service. We deserve better than this.”

Mrs Britnell said the delays were bad enough for passengers travelling to Warrnambool, but they made a long trip longer for those travelling onto Portland and Mount Gambier via coaches.

She said the Premier and Transport Minister should focus on delivering existing services efficiently rather than wasting time merging departments and coming up with new names and shiny pamphlets.

“VicRoads and Public Transport Victoria are being merged to create Transport for Victoria, a new super department that is supposed to make the state’s transport network more efficient,” Mrs Britnell said.

“They certainly have a big job ahead of them.”

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