Works on the Gippsland Line continue

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Coaches are replacing trains between Southern Cross, Traralgon and Bairnsdale for three weeks in August and September, as works continue on the Gippsland Line Upgrade and the Level Crossing Removal Project,

A temporary timetable began on Monday, August 21, and will end Sunday, September 10.

Passengers are urged to allow 90 minutes extra for the journey by coach.

Replacement coach services will not stop at Flinders Street, Richmond, Caulfield, Clayton, Dandenong and Berwick stations.

Passengers wishing to use these metropolitan stations should catch a train service on the Pakenham Line to connect with coach services at Pakenham or Southern Cross. On some weekends, passengers will board rail replacement buses while works take place along sections of the Pakenham Line.

The Department of Transport and Planning says that during this time, crews will carry out underground boring, trenching and pipe installation between Drouin and Moe, lay the foundations for new signal equipment rooms and begin platform extension works at Longwarry station.

“These works will prepare the line for a new signalling system which, in conjunction with completed track works and station upgrades already delivered as part of the Gippsland Line Upgrade, will enable more services and also future-proof the line,” the department wrote in a media release.