Geelong line coach replacement in June

By: Chris Smith


Due to signal upgrade works between Southern Cross Station and North Melbourne, coaches will replace most services on the Geelong

Due to signal upgrade works between Southern Cross Station and North Melbourne, coaches will replace most services on the Geelong line over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June.

All train services between Marshall and Melbourne will be replaced by coach, although
Warrnambool services will continue to run as trains on the normal timetable.

V/Line CEO, Rob Barnett, says the Department of Transport signal upgrade project will see the replacement of old mechanical equipment with a new computerised system.

"These necessary upgrade works are being carried out on sections of the track north of
Southern Cross Station and as a result there will be limited access into the station," Barnett says.

"Coaches will replace every Marshall, South Geelong and Geelong service over this long
weekend, but Warrnambool train services will still be able to run thanks to the very
limited access to Southern Cross.

"V/Line is making every effort to minimise the disruption for customers by getting the majority of the work done in these three days and we have a comprehensive coach replacement plan in place."

Barnett says customers should follow the Saturday timetable on the public holiday on
Monday June 9.

An extra 30 minutes should be added to journey times.

Customers should also note that the car park on the Geelong Station side will be closed
to allow coaches to dock.

People should use the adjacent parking facilities on this weekend.

"We understand that this is an inconvenience for Geelong customers but the upgrade
signalling works are vital to improve network running," he says.

Services on the Ballarat and Bendigo lines will also be affected over the long weekend
and Geelong customers are advised to call 136 196 or visit vline.com.au if they are travelling on these lines.

The Seymour and Traralgon lines are unaffected.

For more information about the service changes customers can call V/Line on 136 196
or visit vline.com.au.

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