Summer works on Gippsland train line

Rail: The Gippsland line is being updated. file photograph

THE Department of Transport has announced coaches will replace trains along the entire
Gippsland line early this year.

From January 12 to February 10 coaches will replace trains between Bairnsdale and Southern Cross while work commences along the line.

The work on the train line is part of the Gippsland Line Upgrade, and aims to provide more frequent and reliable services for passengers. Works will be commencing in Traralgon, Morwell, Longwarry and Bunyip during this time.

The Department of Transport is urging people to allow extra time for their journeys for much of the summer holiday period, as works that commenced on Boxing Day will continue over this time.

Delays will be seen for people travelling to Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, with works
happening on the Monash Freeway.

Crews will be laying 72’000 tonnes of asphalt as part of the work to add 36 kilometres of lanes between Warrigal Road and Eastlink and Clyde Road to Cardinia Road.

As part of this work there will be overnight freeway closures and daytime lane closures between Eastlink and Warrigal Road, as well as entry and exit ramp closures.

Director General Major Transport Infrastructure Authority Corey Hannett said that the projects will help Victoria move into the future.

“As Victorians take a well-deserved break, work on some of our biggest transport projects will be full steam ahead,” he said.

“As we continue to make progress on our huge program of works, Victoria’s Big Build is keeping thousands of workers in jobs and ensuring our state keeps moving into the future.”