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UPDATE Monday 13 September: Major disruptions to continue across V/Line services

13 Sep 2021

Coaches are replacing the majority of V/Line services today as hundreds of frontline V/Line staff continue to isolate to contain the spread of coronavirus.

V/Line is operating a limited number of morning peak trains on the Ballarat and Bendigo lines, as well as a full service on the Seymour line, to support essential workers needing to travel to and from Melbourne.

All remaining services will be replaced by coaches across the day.

Coaches will operate to a 30-minute frequency on the Geelong line, a 30-minute frequency during the morning and evening peaks on the Ballarat line and every 60 minutes across the rest of the day.

The Gippsland and Bendigo line replacement coaches will operate to a 60-minute frequency and all coach replacements for long-distance services on the Warrnambool, Ararat, Maryborough, Swan Hill, Echuca, Shepparton, Albury and Bairnsdale lines will depart to the normal timetable.

Passengers should allow up to an extra 90 minutes for their journey.

Contact tracing will continue today and V/Line is doing everything they can to operate more trains throughout the day if possible.

Passengers are urged to check the V/Line website and social media before travelling for the latest travel information. We will continue to provide regular updates during this time.

Five positive tests among drivers and operational staff has meant that more than 300 of the V/Line workforce have been required to isolate to keep everyone safe.

Replacing most trains with coaches will allow for services to continue to operate, giving passengers certainty and helping to contain the outbreak.

V/Line and the Department of Transport are working closely with the Department of Health to support the V/Line staff and we are exercising an abundance of caution in the interest of our crews and passengers.

We apologise to passengers making permitted journeys for the disruption to their journey and thank everyone for their continued patience and understanding during this challenging time.

For the latest travel information, visit the V/Line website, our disruptions page or call 1800 800 007.