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UPDATE Wednesday 15 September: V/Line disruptions continue
15 Sep 2021
Coaches will continue to replace the majority of V/Line services Wednesday 15 September as hundreds of frontline V/Line staff continue to isolate to contain the spread of coronavirus. Disruptions are likely to continue for a number of days and passengers are advised to check back regularly for updates.
V/Line will continue to operate a limited number of morning peak services on the Ballarat, Bendigo, Gippsland and Geelong lines, as well as a full service on the Seymour line, to support essential workers needing to travel to and from Melbourne.
Two afternoon peak services have also been added to the Ballarat and Geelong lines.
Passengers are asked to check the V/Line website for the timing of these services, remaining services will replaced by coaches across the day.
Seven positive tests among drivers and operational staff has meant that around 300 V/Line operational staff have been required to isolate to keep everyone safe.
Contact tracing will continue throughout the night 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.
Replacing most trains with coaches will allow for services to continue to operate, giving passengers certainty and helping to contain the outbreak.
V/Line’s COVIDSafe plan has a number of general contingency plans for different types of service disruptions, allowing it to modify services and put alternate transport options in place quickly whenever services are disrupted, including due to a COVID-19 exposure.
A number of controls have been in place during the coronavirus pandemic to keep drivers and passengers safe including mandated mask wearing, QR codes, additional cleaning, temperature testing for staff and maintaining physical distancing requirements and measures in common areas, encouraging good hygiene practices, as well as regular communications with our staff about working in a COVID safe environment.
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.