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Sydney Trains on time in first year

<span class="" id="parent-fieldname-description"> Just one Sydney Trains line underperformed in terms of peak punctuality and on time running in the 2013/14 financial year, while all other lines outperformed the operator’s targets. </span> <p>Trains on Sydney’s T1 Western Line, which runs between Central and Richmond, and Central and Emu Plains, both via Blacktown, achieved a peak punctuality of 90.5% in the twelve months ending June 30 this year. On time running (OTR) on the line was 91.2% for the financial year.</p><p>Both figures were only slightly below Sydney Trains’ target of 92% peak punctuality and OTR, but they meant the T1 Western Line was the only line which underachieved in either category.</p><p>Sydney Trains released the figures for each of its lines, following the conclusion of the first year of Sydney Trains’ operation as a separate entity from NSW Trains, on July 1.</p><p>The best line for peak punctuality in the past 12 months was T2 Inner West, which ran at 96.6% peak punctuality for the period.</p><p>Along with the release of the punctuality figures, the first year anniversary of the Sydney Trains entity was marked with the announcement that the state government will spend $33 million expanding the Station Refresh program, adding another 28 of the busiest hubs on the Sydney network to the cleaning and updating program.</p><p>“Our customers want safe, reliable, clean, air-conditioned trains, and modern stations which are easily accessible and we are delivering,” state minister for transport Gladys Berejiklian said.</p><p>Along with the completion of the air-conditioned Waratah train delivery program, Berejiklian said work on the 19 stations already announced as part of the cleaning and upgrading program will be finished by the end of July.</p><p>The next stations to be targeted as part of the Station Refresh program are: Ashfield, Auburn, Cabramatta, Fairfield, Rockdale, Macquarie University, Bankstown, Mount Druitt, Liverpool, Edgecliff, Campsie, North Sydney, Rhodes, Chatswood, Hornsby, Epping, Eastwood, Artarmon, Westmead, Gordon, Newtown, Campbelltown, St Peters, Sutherland, Seven Hills, Sydenham, Turramurra and Milsons Point.</p><p>Each station will receive a deep clean and overhaul of facilities, including upgraded toilets, new furniture, energy-efficient lighting, repainting and landscaping, Transport for NSW said.</p><p>The work will be done by the end of the year.</p><p>Berejiklian took the opportunity to fire shots at the opposition Labor government when announcing the new cleaning program.</p><p>“We were handed a basket-case from the former Labor government in RailCorp,” she said, “and the organisation we inherited was inefficient and stifled with endless bureaucracy that was not delivering anything close to standards our customers expect.</p><p>“After a lot of hard work behind the scenes, we introduced a new modern organisation a year ago that is now putting the customer first.”</p>