Punctuality on the Ballarat rail line has improved to its highest level in
10 months, with 88.2 per cent of services arriving at their destinations on time last month.

The October figures show a two-percentage point jump in on-time performance compared with the previous month.

V/Line chief executive James Pinder said punctuality was continuing to improve.

“This is the highest on-time performance figure for the Ballarat line since December last year, so it’s an encouraging result,” he said.

Mr Pinder said reliability for the Ballarat line last month was also pleasing, exceeding the 96 per cent target of services delivered.

Across the network, 97.6 per cent of services were delivered in October.

Construction is under way on the
$518 million Ballarat line upgrade, which Mr Pinder said would deliver more frequent and reliable services for passengers.

Work has started at Hopkins Road in Rockbank and includes construction of building site offices, toilets, storage facilities and access tracks to pave the way for work on the duplication of 18 kilometres of track between Deer Park West and Melton.

Mr Pinder said the upgrade would allow V/Line to run extra services in peak hours and a train every 40 minutes in the off-peak.