Trains slow to a crawl as V/Line records worst Ballarat month ever

Slow coach: Almost one in four trains on the Ballarat line failed to arrive at their destination within six minutes of their stated time in March.
Slow coach: Almost one in four trains on the Ballarat line failed to arrive at their destination within six minutes of their stated time in March.

Ballarat commuters have been forced to endure V/Line’s worst month on record, with almost one in four trains failing to arrive within six minutes of its stated time. 

March figures released on Friday showed just 76.9 per cent of Ballarat V/Line services arrived on time, almost three per cent below the previous bottom figure.  

The statistic is more than five per cent worse than the figure from February and is a whopping 15 per cent off V/Line’s stated goal of 92 per cent punctuality. 

V/Line chief executive James Pinder said “we apologise to Ballarat line passengers for the delays to services last month and will be taking a closer look at the reasons behind this”. 

“Trains stopping at stations longer than scheduled, signal faults and train faults were the main reasons for the drop in punctuality.”