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THREE-hundred metres of rail line has been replaced and five track shifting machines have been installed at North Geelong station during the long weekend shutdown.
The work is part of an $8.4 million maintenance blitz on the Geelong and Warrnambool lines which will see buses continue to replace trains on Tuesday.
Geelong MP Christine Couzens said the work was needed to improve the rail service.
Coleman rail General Superintendent Danny Gallagher gives direction on where to dump ballast. Picture: Peter Ristevski“(Buses replacing trains) is an inconvenience but we need to get the job done,” Ms Couzens said.
“We have more and more people using our rail service and we’re getting on with what’s needed to be done (to support that).”
V/Line project delivery general manager Sam Turley said more than 30 working groups were stationed along the Geelong and Warrnambool lines at the weekend.
“We have about 300 metres of track (at North Geelong station) that’s been replaced and concrete sleepers put down,” Mr Turley said.
He said about $135,000 has been spent on five point machines for North Geelong which allow trains to change direction when they access the nearby depot.
Welding during V/Line track works at North Geelong train station over the Queen's Birthday long weekend. Picture: suppliedMore than 240 V/Line staff and contractors have worked around the clock to replace 120 metres of drainage between Geelong station and the South Geelong tunnel, widen a platform at North Geelong station, and upgrade level crossings and replace culverts on the Warrnambool line.
Lift and lighting maintenance, fence replacement, mud hole removal and signal works have also been completed.
Last week Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said: “These works will allow us to run more reliable trains more often to Geelong and Warrnambool, while minimising disruption as much as possible for passengers”.
Trains are expected to return to the Geelong line on Wednesday and the Warrnambool line on Friday.
This article first appeared on www.geelongadvertiser.com.au
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