Shared from the 8/6/2019 Maroondah eEdition

Train service off track

Lilydale line is city’s worst for cancellations, skipping stations

The Lilydale railway line is Melbourne’s worst for services running short and skipping stations.

According to Public Transport Victoria statistics, 1758 services didn’t make it to their destinations on the line between July 2018 and June 2019.

Services which terminated at Blackburn and Ringwood railway stations were also counted in Lilydale’s total.

Lilydale was almost twice as bad as the next two worst lines — Frankston (952) and Hurstbridge (923).

PTV counts a short service as one which doesn’t depart from its origin or arrive at its destination, or one which requires bus replacements or other modes of transport at some point.

The Lilydale line also had the most services which skipped stations for unknown reasons in the same period (120), ahead of Glen Waverley (90) and Craigieburn (64).

Opposition public transport spokesman David Davis called on the government to crack down on Metro Trains’ performance.

“It’s outrageous the government have allowed this shocking performance on the Lilydale line,” he said.

Maroondah Council’s Eastern Transport Coalition representative Marijke Graham said the group and the council were “keenly aware that train performance on the Lilydale line is not good enough for our residents”.

Metro Trains spokesman Andrew Nelson said the Lilydale line’s performance was affected by more than 500 trespasser incidents and police incidents in the past financial year.

He said other disruptions such as weather events and vandalism could lead to “altered services” on the line.

It’s outrageous the government have allowed this shocking performance on the Lilydale line

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