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ABOUT 300 trains on the Geelong line ran more than six minutes late in November, calculations by the Geelong Advertiser reveal.
An analysis of the current Geelong line timetable shows there are 2876 services operating on the Geelong line each month; 360 a week Melbourne-bound and 359 a week Geelong-bound.
But 11 per cent of trains ran more than more than six minutes late last month meaning V/Line failed its own punctuality target for the 36th time in the past 39 months.
The target allows trains to run up to six minutes late and still be considered on time.
V/Line chief executive James Pinder said a “higher-than-normal number of train faults” contributed to delays on the Geelong line last month.
“Punctuality on the Geelong line is higher than the same time last year and higher than the 12-month average,” Mr Pinder said.
He said maintenance to improve punctuality on the line is paying off with November results similar to October and November 2016. Mr Pinder said 97.5 per cent of scheduled train services on the Geelong line were delivered last month.
“Geelong line passengers can depend on their service as we have exceeded the 96 per cent reliability target each month since January.”
Last week the regional rail operator revealed heat-related speed restrictions will be relaxed on the Geelong line.
Trains will now be able to run at 130km/h when temperatures are between 36C and 39C. But a 90km/h speed restriction will remain when the temperature exceeds 39C.
“Geelong line passengers will experience a significantly improved service over the summer months after we completed an extensive revision of our heat-related speed restrictions,” Mr Pinder said.
This article first appeared on www.geelongadvertiser.com.au
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