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Works continue on the Gippsland line

19 Dec 2018

Last week’s extreme weather caused delays to upgrade works on the Cranbourne/Pakenham line, meaning V/Line has been unable to complete essential driver training that would allow trains to safely operate on the newly upgraded sections of track.

As a result, replacement coaches will now continue to operate on the Gippsland line across the Christmas and New Year periods and through to the next planned period of works between Wednesday 2 January and Sunday 13 January when further power, signalling and communications upgrades are being undertaken.

Trains were due to return on Monday 24 December.

Passengers will receive free travel on all Gippsland line replacement coaches until Sunday, 13 January, due to a second occupation set to begin on Wednesday 2 January.  Passengers will also receive free onward travel on metropolitan services and town buses.

A mix of express and semi-express coaches will again be made available if you are travelling on the Gippsland line over the extended period, with a temporary timetable to be made available shortly.

Coaches on Christmas Day will operate to a Sunday timetable, while coaches on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day will operate to the Saturday times. In recognition of trains not returning on Christmas day, all passengers who travel on 25 December will receive a free return travel voucher that can be used in the new year.

If you have an existing paid booking over the Christmas and New Year period you will be eligible to apply for reimbursement.

For more information on free travel and refunds, see Free travel extended on the Gippsland line

For more information on coach replacement timetables on the Gippsland line, see Bairnsdale and Traralgon lines: Coaches replacing trains from Saturday 1 December to Sunday 13 January 2019