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Melbourne’s train and tram operators have failed their punctuality targets for the fourth consecutive month after services were hit by disruptions on two major lines.
Just 90.4 per cent of Metro Trains services arrived at the platform on time in May after 6086 scheduled trains ran late throughout the month.
Another 81,713 trams were delayed through heavy congestion as Yarra Trams fell below its target of 82 per cent.
Public Transport Victoria chief executive Jeroen Weimar said the network was put under stress after a power problem at Laverton junction and the closure of the Sandringham line.
The failure hit services on the Werribee line for four days, with an independent review finding the problem was sparked by corrosion and a falling wire that was caught on a train.
“We know this unusual incident caused significant disruption to passengers on the Werribee line over four days,” Mr Weimar said.
“As a result, Metro Trains is now replacing all insulator connectors on the Werribee line on top of the existing routine maintenance schedule.”
Mr Weimar said extra passengers also flocked to trams in the southeast during a major shutdown of the Sandringham line.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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