V/Line saved by the bus

By: Chris Smith


An increase in train maintenance and earlier cooling of trains are part of a package of measures in place as

An increase in train maintenance and earlier cooling of trains are part of a package of measures in place as V/Line gears up for one of Victoria’s hottest weeks on record.

With temperatures forecast to be up to 41 degrees in Melbourne until Saturday (and hotter in some parts of Victoria), V/Line is preparing the regional train fleet and infrastructure for the heat wave.

The package of hot weather measures has seen a step-up in train maintenance over the past few days in preparation.

While most hot days are soon followed by a cool change, the sustained heat expected over several days will see maintenance crews working to full capacity.

A fleet of 20 coaches will be on stand-by tonight and other hot days at Southern Cross Station to back-up trains affected by the extreme heat.

More coaches will be on hand in the hottest part of the state at Swan Hill and Shepparton, with further coaches deployed to other locations as needed.

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