Tuesday 23rd Jul, 2019

PTV posts improved performance in April despite works disruption

Photo: RailGallery.com.au

Public Transport Victoria (PTV) has improved its public transport reliability figures in April across its Metro Trains, Yarra Trams and V/Line services.

Metro delivered 91.4 per cent of its services on time for the month, while V/Line and Yarra Trams delivered 86.8 per cent and 81.8 per cent of their services on time, respectively.

April figures across the three services were all improved on the 88.4 per cent, 84.4 per cent and 78.1 per cent posted for the Metro, V/Line and Yarra Trams in March.

PTV CEO Jeroen Weimar said that April saw Victoria’s “biggest ever construction blitz”, including continued works on the Metro Tunnel and level crossing removal project. These works contributed to the implementation of 600 replacement buses across the state to meet commuter demand.

“The Autumn construction blitz included major track, signal and platform upgrades on the Geelong and Warrnambool lines, which will lead to more reliable trains in Victoria’s southwest,” Weimar said

Yarra Trams exceeded its reliability target in terms of running services at 98.7 per cent, while V/Line’s reliability increased by 2.6 per cent to 97.8 per cent.

Reliability figures on V/Line’s busiest line, Geelong, showed marked improvement in punctuality by 3.9 per cent to 92.1 per cent, a rise PTV attributed in part to timetabling improvements set out in March.

Metro’s reliability performance missed its target by just 0.2 per cent at 98.3 per cent, a factor PTV attributed in part to disruptions caused by a level crossing accident on the Sandringham line on April 15.

Weimar said that the April figures for Metro were a “step in the right direction” but admitted that performance was still below passenger expectation.

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