TEMPORARY track speed restrictions will be removed during maintenance works on the Gippsland line this weekend.
V/Line is taking the opportunity to complete the essential track maintenance on Saturday and Sunday, while coaches replace trains on the Gippsland line due to ongoing power and signalling upgrades between Pakenham and Melbourne.
V/Line chief executive James Pinder said combining the works with other major project works would minimise the disruption to Gippsland line passengers and enable essential maintenance works to be undertaken.
“Gippsland line passengers have been very patient this year while coaches have replaced trains on a number of occasions, to accommodate a range of rail upgrades in the metropolitan area,” he said.
“With services disrupted this weekend, V/Line will use the opportunity to complete essential track maintenance on our network so we can run a reliable rail service and reduce the need for reactive repair work in the future.
“Our maintenance will include track repairs and vegetation removal, which will result in the removal of some temporary speed restrictions that have been contributing to slight delays to services.”
Track resurfacing will take place between Bunyip and Traralgon and crews will also be clearing drains at Garfield and Trafalgar. Sleepers will be replaced between Rosedale and Sale.
Mobile phone booster towers will also be installed to further improve coverage for regional rail passengers, as part of the Regional Rail Connectivity Project.
Even though regular train services will not be operating, motorists are advised to be aware of track machines, which will be operating near level crossings and to look both ways before crossing the rail corridor.
Signalling, power, and station upgrades are continuing this month on metropolitan sections of the line.
Coaches will replace some evening Traralgon and Bairnsdale trains for part or all of the journey from Monday to Wednesday.
Coaches will also replace all Traralgon and Bairnsdale trains for the entire journey on Saturday and Sunday, September 22 and 23. Passengers have been asked to allow an additional 60 minutes’ travel time to their journey.
Football fans are advised that coaches will not stop at Richmond for the AFL semi-final between Collingwood and Greater Western Sydney. Passengers are asked to board a Metro service from Southern Cross or Caulfield to get to Richmond station.