The release of the V/Line annual report, tabled in Parliament last Thursday, revealed a $149 million cut from V/Line’s annual budget. The report also revealed the organisation suffered a $30 million deficit in 2018/19.
This news comes as customer satisfaction with the state’s regional train service hits a 10-year low and key train lines fail to meet their monthly punctuality targets.
The annual report also shows that compulsory compensation paid by V/Line for late running services has increased by 50 percent in the past 12 months, despite patronage growing by just seven percent over the same period.
The Shadow Minister for Regional Public Transport, Steph Ryan said, “Taking the axe to V/Line while pouring billions of dollars into metropolitan Melbourne makes a mockery of Daniel Andrews’ claim that he governs for all Victorians.”