Maintenance required for Bendigo trains after crashes with animalsPosted on: November 2, 2018, by : Anik Paul
URGENT maintenance, staff sickness and a track fault have caused changes to train services on the Bendigo line today.
Two services – the 16:57 Southern Cross to Eaglehawk train and the 21:20 Bendigo – Southern Cross train – will run as road coaches due to urgent maintenance after trains were involved in collisions with animals.
There were 66 animals strike incidents across the V/Line network last month.
Carriages had to be removed from the network in 65 per cent of those incidences.
Most trains returned to service within one to two days of a bio-wash, unless repairs were needed.
“We understand having fewer available carriages is frustrating and we are working quickly to get affected trains back out on the network,” the V/Line spokesperson said.
“Where possible, we are providing coaches to help passengers get where they need to go.”
V/Line’s strategy in the event of a shortage of carriages is to protect peak hour services.
The number of carriages on the 16:25 Southern Cross – Epsom service will today be reduced to three.
The 19:02 Southern Cross – Bendigo service has been cancelled due to staff sickness, with customers asked to board the 19:42 Southern Cross – Bendigo service.
Two Bendigo line services were delayed by 10 minutes or less earlier in the day because of a track fault at Castlemaine.
A track detection device caused the fault, but was resolved before causing any further delays.
“We thank passengers for their patience,” the V/Line spokesperson said.
“We apologise for the inconvenience caused to passengers by the minor delays”.