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Full V/Line train services to run on five lines this weekend
23 Sep 2021
Full train services will run on V/Line's busiest lines this weekend, however coaches will continue to replace long-distance services until further notice while hundreds of frontline V/Line staff continue to isolate to contain the spread of coronavirus.
On the Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Gippsland and Seymour lines, trains will operate from first service tomorrow, running to a Saturday timetable for the Grand Final Eve public holiday.
For the remainder of the weekend, trains on these lines will run to a normal Saturday and Sunday timetable.
Train services will operate between:
- Ballarat Line – Southern Cross and Wendouree
- Bendigo Line- Southern Cross and Bendigo
- Geelong Line – Southern Cross and Waurn Ponds
- Gippsland Line – Southern Cross and Traralgon
- Seymour Line – Southern Cross and Seymour
Coaches will continue to replace long-distance services until further notice due to V/Line staff undertaking precautionary COVID testing and isolation.
Due to V/Line maintenance works, coaches will replace some evening trains on the Seymour Line for the entire journey from Sunday 26 September to Wednesday 29 September.
Passengers are asked to check the V/Line website for the timing of long-distance coach services before travelling.
Eight positive tests among drivers and operational staff means that around 300 V/Line operational staff have had to isolate to keep everyone safe, and as a result disruptions will continue for the coming days.
V/Line and the Department of Transport are working closely with the Department of Health on a daily basis as contact tracing continues and to support V/Line staff, and we are exercising an abundance of caution in the interest of our crews and passengers.
V/Line is doing everything they can to return all trains to service as quickly and safely as possible.
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.
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.