Statement on V/Line from the Minister for Public Transport

The Hon Jacinta Allan MP, Minister for Public Transport, has released the following statement regarding V/Line services.

Since January this year, regional train passengers have been subject to unacceptable disruption.

As a result, V/Line commissioned an independent review into what caused issues.

That report is now available and shows a combination of tight curves on the network, inadequate lubrication and
the wear resistance of rail and wheels were the root cause of the problems.

Work to fix these problems has already begun and soon, 97 per cent of services across the network will run as
normal.

I also announced an independent Operational, Structure and Capability review of V/Line.

The Board has now provided me with this report and it shows that V/Line has been asked to do more with less for too long.

V/Line’s funding was cut by $120 million by the former Liberal and National Government, which put pressure on the organisation at a critical time in its development.

It should have been growing as regional patronage and service levels grew. Instead, the Liberal and National Government cut funding to the regional operator, which has hurt V/Line and regional passengers.

The review also makes important recommendations about improving the structure, governance and capability of
V/Line and the board will adopt all of those recommendations.

I will be discussing the report with the Board in coming weeks and have asked the Chair to start the recruitment of a new CEO.

As someone who lives in regional Victoria, I believe in making V/Line stronger and better.

I am determined to build a better regional operator so it can deliver the services passengers expect and deserve.