The V/Line service to Ballarat in June was its most punctual so far this year, according to figures just released by the Victorian Department of Transport.
The Ballarat line's punctuality increased significantly from 83.8 per cent on time in May to 88.3 per cent in June, although this latter figure is still some way short of the target of 92 per cent punctuality.
The last time the Ballarat line services ran above that level was November 2016 when they had a 93.3 per cent punctuality rate.
The Ballarat line counts as a commuter service with punctuality judged on pulling into a station within five minutes and 59 seconds of the scheduled arrival time.
Long distance services are measured on being within 10 minutes and 59 seconds of schedule.
Of the services due to run on the Ballarat line, 97.9 per cent went ahead as planned. Of those services, there were 23 cancellations in total.
The Geelong line suffered a considerably higher level of cancellations at 4.8 per cent, but more of its services were punctual with 90.9 per cent of trains reaching their destination on time.
The Warrnambool line also showed a sharp increase in punctuality, jumping from 87.2 per cent to 92.5 per cent.
Ballarat line commuters were disrupted during the month with several days of scheduled works.
Evening V/Line services were cancelled for three days from June 16 to 18, while there was a 14-day stoppage between June 24 and July 7, which included the first week of the school holidays.
Replacement buses operated for that fortnight, allowing works to take place for overpasses at stations between Ballan and Melton, part of the $500 million Ballarat line upgrade.
Punctuality is only measured for the train services.
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