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Replacement buses carrying Geelong line passengers to and from Melbourne will be given a better run due to changes in traffic light sequences, V/Line say.
The move comes after commuters reported long delays on Monday — some stretching more than 90 minutes as buses replaced trains on the Geelong line between Sunshine and Melbourne due to work on the Metro Tunnel.
A V/Line spokesman said CBD intersections would be the target for traffic flow improvements.
“The Department of Transport will be making minor adjustments to traffic flows around the CBD from tomorrow to reduce congestion and improve access for coaches,” the spokesman said.
“We understand the longer journey times on train replacement coaches are frustrating, but these works are necessary to provide long-term benefits for commuters in the Geelong region.”
V/Line has told the Addy that works on the Metro Tunnel near Kensington were taking place within metres of the tracks used by Geelong-line trains.
The number of people V/Line is required to move on Tuesday could rise with the return of some industrial workers following a rostered day off on Monday.
A rail user on a replacement bus between Tarneit and Southern Cross said the journey lasted more than 90 minutes on Monday.
“1hr 40min from Tarneit to Southern Cross “express” this morning. Didn’t get over 20km/h between (Western) Ring Rd and the (Westgate) bridge. Waited another 10 mins (because of poor) signalling coming off the Bolte onto Footscray Rd,” the bus user posted to social media.
This article first appeared on www.geelongadvertiser.com.au
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