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Published on : Friday, November 15, 2013
New trains, extra services and an increased maintenance investment are delivering more punctual and reliable trains across Melbourne’s rail network, Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder said today.
“October 2013 figures show that a whopping 94.3 per cent of metropolitan trains were on time compared with the October 2010 figure of 87.8 per cent,” Mr Mulder said.
“Across the network, punctuality under the Victorian Coalition Government has continuously risen, with all figures in the low to mid-90 percentile range.
Mr Mulder said Metro has consistently produced more than 90 per cent of services on time in every month since April 2012.
“The Coalition Government has delivered improvements to the train system and from these figures it is clear all the hard work being done is starting to pay off,” Mr Mulder said.
In October 2013, 91.9 per cent of Frankston’s trains were less than five minutes late arriving at their destination, compared with 71.1 per cent under Labor in October 2010. This is a noteworthy 21.9 per cent rise in trains on time and shows what the Coalition’s Government’s commitment to fixing the trains can achieve.
On the Cranbourne line, there was a 12.2 per cent rise from 78.1 to 90.3 per cent of trains counted as on time, while the Pakenham line’s punctuality increased from 75.9 to 90.6 per cent, up 14.7 per cent.
“Overcrowding across the network is on the decline, with May 2010 figures showing 41.4 per cent of passengers on overcrowded morning weekday peak period trains compared with 19.5 per cent in May this year,” Mr Mulder said.
“Afternoon peak period trains have also seen a reduction in overcrowding from 27.8 per cent in May 2010 to 15.3 per cent in May this year.
“The percentage of cancelled trains also dropped from 1.3 per cent under Labor to 0.96 per cent – less than one in every 100 – under the Victorian Coalition Government.
“More maintenance funding, more trains and Metro operating an additional 1,078 weekly train trips in 2013 compared with 2010 are together creating a more efficient network for passengers.
“Investment in maintenance and renewals, the building of major projects such as Regional Rail Link, and the delivery of new trains to the network are all contributing to the improvement across the metropolitan rail network,” Mr Mulder said.
This is not the end of the improvements. In the 2013-14 Victorian Budget the Coalition Government promised more than $520 million to public transport, which included:
a $177 million order for eight X’Trapolis trains and associated stabling and signalling with trains due to begin running on the network from 2015;
$66 million to upgrade the Ringwood station precinct;
$2 million to plan for the procurement of high capacity trains, which will be able to carry more than 1,100 passengers;
$4.5 million in 2013-14 to develop the pilot High Capacity Signalling project on the Sandringham line;
$100 million to upgrade the Frankston line, with additional track, signalling, power and maintenance facility and station upgrades to improve service reliability and enable X’Trapolis trains to run on the Frankston, Williamstown and Werribee lines;
$78 million to continue the rollout of Protective Services Officers (PSOs) at train stations;
$10 million to construct a four storey carpark at Syndal Station on the Glen Waverley line; and
Significant funding for the construction of a new train station at Southland, subject to finalisation of commercial negotiations with the owners of Southland Shopping Centre.
“Through better reporting and monitoring of services, more maintenance, rail extensions and major city shaping projects such as RRL, we are working to improve public transport performance and provide the best possible public transport network for passengers,” Mr Mulder said.