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VICTORIAN Greens leader Greg Barber says the performance of regional V/Line train services remains unacceptable.
Mr Barber said V/Line again failed to come up to scratch last month with 87.4 per cent of regional services across the state running on-time.
Only two of the 11 regional train lines met the 92 per cent on-time performance target — Shepparton (95 per cent) and Albury (94.2 per cent).
The worst performing line was Gippsland with 76.3 per cent of services on-time, or one in four services running late.
Mr Barber said it was unacceptable that a long haul trip up to 10 minutes late was still deemed as being on-time.
“That standard is not good enough when you are trying to get to work, an appointment, or make a connection with another public transport service,” he said.
Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder said the 2014/15 Budget contained more than $100 million for new train and bus services, and more than $100 million was allocated for the maintenance and operations of the Regional Rail Link services.
“Service performance is heading in the right direction. Last month 86.85 per cent of V/Line trains met punctuality targets, compared with 84.46 per cent in May 2011,” he said.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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