Heatwave causes delays


Bus and train timetable delays due to heatwave in Victoria this week

Heatwave causes delays
Hot weather for Victoria this week

Victorians using public transport this week have been advised to plan ahead before travelling during this week’s forecast extreme heat.

PTV Director of Network Operations Norman Gray says extensive work has been completed to prepare the network for the impact of the hot weather.

"With this week’s forecast heatwave, speed restrictions will be in place across the Metro and V/Line networks from Tuesday 14 January, as a safety precaution," he says;

"However, with Metro already operating reduced summer works timetables, there won’t be further planned heat cancellations."

Metro, V/Line and Yarra Trams will have maintenance staff and customer service staff ready to respond to unplanned faults.

Spare trains, coaches and buses will also be on standby.

Gray says good preparations are in place to keep the network running as smoothly as possible, but the message to passengers was to plan ahead and allow additional travel time.

It is also recommended passengers carry a bottle of water, wear light clothing and delay travel if feeling unwell.

On the V/Line network,   Ballarat and Bendigo line trains will continue to be replaced with coaches due to Regional Rail Link work.

With Metro services already reduced to accommodate major construction works on the Regional Rail Link and removal of level crossings, there are no plans to apply a special heat timetable during this week’s forecasted hot weather.

Yarra Trams will run to the normal summer timetable.

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