Bendigo keen to fight bike ban on trains

19 January, 2008 – 11:29 am

ABC Online: Bendigo keen to fight bike ban on trains (17 January 2008)

The Bendigo Council wants to lead a campaign against a ban on bikes on peak-hour country train services. V/Line announced the ban earlier this month, to combat overcrowding and it is set to come into effect within a fortnight. Councillor Keith Reynard says the council last night voted to write to the Public Transport Minister expressing serious concern and disappointment with the ban.

Meanwhile new figures show that in December, more than 200 train services on the Bendigo line ran more than five minutes late.

Just 82.8 per cent of services ran on time, the worst result for any country Victorian rail line. V/Line spokesman Daniel Malone says the delays are largely due to hot weather.

“What we need to remember is that we’ve got the highest performance targets of anyone in Australia and it just takes two or three days of disruption – be it extreme heat or anything else like that on the network – for us not to be able to meet those targets,” he said.

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