Transport disruptions as a result of fires

PEOPLE need to check before they travel, with disruptions to rail and bus services and road closures as a result of bushfires across Gippsland.

Rail authorities confirmed Monday morning that fire no longer presented a threat to the Gippsland rail line, but disruptions remain.

Working with emergency services, V/Line began inspecting the rail line Monday to check for damage.

Coaches are continuing to replace trains on the Gippsland line between Melbourne and Warragul, with some coaches running directly to Traralgon and Bairnsdale.

Coaches will stop at Pakenham for those not wanting to travel all the way into Southern Cross.

Passengers are encouraged to check with V/Line to find which service will get them where they need to go the quickest.

Because of road closures, coaches are diverting to Warragul via Koo Wee Rup and Lang Lang.

This is adding about 90 minutes to the trip.

Passengers are being asked to avoid non-essential travel and keep updated using the V/Line app or at vline.com.au

In conjunction with school closures in the area, a number of school buses have been cancelled.

A full list of school and bus closures is available at www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/Pages/closures.aspx.

As of Monday morning, the Princes Freeway remained closed around the Bunyip bushfire between Koo Wee Rup Rd, Pakenham and Princes Way, Drouin.

Those who must travel between Dandenong and Warragul were advised to use the South Gippsland Highway to Korumburra, then via Korumburra-Warragul Rd to Warragul.

There are numerous other road closures in Wellington Shire in areas affected by fire.

Motorists should check traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au for a list of road closures.