More pressure for new trains

REPRIEVE FOR RAILS: The North East line will receive $100 million from the Federal Government for upgrades to its ‘aging steel’ infrastructure. Pictured are Steph Ryan (MLA, Euroa) and Transport and Infrastucture Minister Darren Chester in Shepparton on Monday.

TRAINS along the North East line have enjoyed a welcome speed boost last month, following the Australian Rail Track Corporation’s works to repair certain troublesome sections of track.

V/Line has recorded at 25 percentage point increase in terms of on-time services compared with the previous month, climbing to a respectable 85.7 per cent.

The line also met its reliability target in May for the first time in 12 months, reaching 96.7 per cent.

This is good news for train users along the line, who have been starved of punctual services due to persistent problems with the standard of the track, which the ARTC say come as a result of unusually wet weather resulting in the appearance of ‘mud holes’ underneath the track.

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