TANIA Maxwell (MLC, Northern Victoria) has questioned the Minister for Public Transport about the ongoing “Third World” performance of trains on the North East Rail Line.
Her question followed a punctuality figure recently published, for the month of October, of a staggeringly poor 30.1 per cent.
It is the worst punctuality statistic of all those recorded on the V/Line website and it suggests that less than one in every three trains is arriving on time, or even within the 11-minute leeway period allocated.
Ms Maxwell said that such a figure is atrocious and unacceptable to public transport commuters in North East Victoria.
“The government is promising a completed North East Rail Line upgrade sometime in the future, and during the Premier’s visit to the region last week, Daniel Andrews asked the people of North East Victoria to ‘just stick with us’,” Ms Maxwell said.
In light of the continued and unacceptable delays, Ms Maxwell asked the minister what actions are being undertaken to urgently improve these punctuality problems that cause such disruption and difficulties for passengers.
The minister is required to respond within 14 days.