V/LINE says it has stepped up its maintenance program on the Gippsland line between Traralgon and Bairnsdale to prepare for the return of trains to the region.
Train services have been suspended because of safety concerns at level crossings and rust being discovered on the tracks.
V/Line acting chief executive officer Ross Pedley said, while V/Line’s main focus was to get the trains running again, it was taking the opportunity to do some works that would otherwise have required separate interruptions to services.
He said one of the major works programs being undertaken was the replacement of decking on bridges at three locations.
“This involves the removal and replacement of sections of track and the installation of new culverts,” Mr Pedley said.
“Our track maintenance crews have already installed more than 1500 replacement sleepers along sections of the track between Traralgon and Bairnsdale.”
Mr Pedley said four gravel level crossings were being renewed at Scott’s Lane, Reeves Rd, Sheep Wash Creek and McGauran’s Crossing.
WHILE V/Line track works are being undertaken a number of express coach services will run from Bairnsdale direct to Melbourne, and there is the option for customers to catch a coach to Traralgon to catch a train for the remainder of their journey.
Coaches depart 15 minutes earlier from Bairnsdale than the normal train timetable, to ensure connections with trains at Southern Cross Station are met.
Not all services are wheelchair accessible, so customers with special needs should phone V/Line on 1800 800 007 at least 24 hours before travel so appropriate arrangements can be made.
For timetables, bookings and customer feedback, visit vline.com.au or phone 1800 800 007 between 6am and midnight.