PASSENGERS on the Warrnambool to Geelong rail line will have to travel by buses this week while crews undertake improvement works.
Trains won’t be running again until Monday next week while more than $2.6 million is spent on replacing steel culverts and improving drainage at three bridges, reconditioning the Geelong tunnel track, renewing the St Georges Road level crossing and replacing the North Geelong crossover.
V/Line regional manager Peter Gibson said the work would alleviate the need for speed restrictions and improve train reliability.
“More than $1 million will be spent replacing life-expired steel culverts and improving drainage at three bridge locations on the Warrnambool line,” he said.
VicTrack will also take advantage of the line closure to work at the new $26 million Grovedale station which will include site excavation and construction of the platform and station building.
The new station is being built between Oakwood Crescent and Rossack Drive and will provide easy access to Geelong’s fast-expanding southern suburbs.
Trains on the Warrnambool line will be replaced by coaches until Sunday night (April 5).