Full train services resume

TRAIN services resumed between Moe and Traralgon on Monday following the completion of works on the Morwell River rail bridge.

Two 74 tonne and one 69 tonne beam have now been lifted into place, forming the new bridge structure.

V/Line chief executive Theo Taifalos said he was thrilled everything ran like clockwork.

“Our crews and contractors worked really hard to manage any potential risks during the project and all the critical components have now been completed,” he said.

“The weather was definitely on our side and helped the project run to schedule,” he said.

Track work on the new bridge was completed over the weekend with testing and commissioning on Sunday.

“Our contractor Fulton Hogan has been outstanding in helping us to complete this project as soon as possible,” Mr Taifalos said.

“We also can’t thank our customers enough for their continued support during this period,” he said.

The bridge renewal will mean the removal of the 30 kilometres per hour speed restriction along that section of track.

“We will continue to monitor the track but plan to have trains travelling at line speeds of 160km/h,” Mr Taifalos said.

Customers have been reminded to top up their myki cards and touch on before boarding, because normal fares will apply on the Gippsland line from Monday. Customers travelling to and from stations east of Traralgon will need a V/Line paper ticket.