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V/LINE figures show that almost one in five Geelong trains were more than five minutes late last month.
The latest V/Line performance figures for March show that just 83.9 per cent of Geelong services ran to within five minutes of their scheduled time, again failing to meet the on-time target of 92 per cent.
The figures also showed that 98.2 per cent of Geelong services ran, meeting the target of 96 per cent of scheduled services to run.
V/Line's Clare Steele said congestion in the metropolitan network was the biggest contributor for late trains, accounting for 21 per cent of the total.
Ms Steele said ill passengers accounted for almost 10 per cent of late trains for the month, when the figure is usually around 2 per cent of causes.
"That often results in a train being held up while an ambulance arrives at the scene," she said.
"Also, March stats show we were 92.4 per cent on time in the regional network, from Marshall to Werribee, where we hit The Met and then share the network."
The carrier has been beset with problems in recent weeks, including having to replace all trains with buses for almost 24 hours early last week because of a signal failure.
A week earlier, hundreds of rail passengers were stuck for up to five hours as up to six peak-hour V/Line trains were stopped in their tracks between Werribee and Little River stations following a signal fault.
V/Line said at the time that early indications were that the 25-year-old cable had been impacted by the installation of a separate fibre optic cable for the Regional Rail Link several years ago.
The rail authority has since committed to checking every section of cable along the Geelong line to gauge if there are other potential faults that could cripple the train service.
Ms Steele said Newport signalling issues had been a big problem this month, with issues two weeks in a row having a flow-on effect for V/Line trains. Those problems will show up in the April performance figures, which will be released about mid-May.
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