Seymour, Shepparton services well timed

November 15, 2017

Seymour trains narrowly outperformed the Shepparton line for punctuality in October.

V/Line reported 90 per cent of Seymour trains arrived on time last month, compared with 89 per cent of Shepparton trains.

More Shepparton services completed the journey — 99 per cent compared with Seymour’s about 98 per cent.

Both lines’ results met the authority’s reliability target of 96 per cent, but fell short of its punctuality target of 92 per cent.

The Shepparton line’s reliability dropped slightly from the 100 per cent reliability performance in September, but improved on the less than 89 per cent September punctuality rate.

V/Line chief executive James Pinder said the latest performance figures in October showed punctuality was improving.

‘‘It’s very encouraging to see an improvement in punctuality on the Seymour line and we’re working to deliver better services to passengers,’’ Mr Pinder said.

Mr Pinder said October performance on the Seymour and Shepparton line was affected by delays in the metropolitan network, on the shared section of track between Craigieburn and Southern Cross station.

He said the authority would be ‘‘looking at how we can improve our on-time running in the metropolitan section’’ as part of a performance improvement plan.

Almost 88 per cent of services ran on time across the network, while 97.6 per cent of all V/Line train services were successfully delivered in October.

Mr Pinder said an extra coach service operating from Seymour and arriving in Melbourne at 12.40am on Saturdays and Sundays was a step to ‘‘make it easier for passengers visiting Seymour to stay later into the evening’’.

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