Com­muters face more pain with no trains

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

An­other pro­longed pe­riod with­out trains is on the way for Gipp­s­land trav­ellers.

From next Sat­ur­day, De­cem­ber 1, there’ll be no train ser­vices at all un­til Christ­mas eve, Mon­day, De­cem­ber 24.

Road coaches will re­place all the nor­mal V/Line trains be­tween Mel­bourne and Bairns­dale.

It will be a hec­tic lead-in to the Christ­mas break for daily com­muters trav­el­ling be­tween Gipp­s­land and met­ro­pol­i­tan ar­eas for work, day trav­ellers and vis­i­tors as well as young peo­ple that travel by train as they wind up their school year.

The lit­tle bit of good news is that travel will be free of charge dur­ing the dis­rup­tion.

But Pub­lic Trans­port Vic­to­ria has stressed that those peo­ple need­ing to con­tinue their jour­neys on met­ro­pol­i­tan trains, trams and buses need to get V/Line pa­per tick­ets or met­ro­pol­i­tan travel to­kens to con­tinue their free travel in zones one and two.

On week­days, trav­ellers from War­ragul and Drouin will be able to catch ex­press coach ser­vices at peak times that ter­mi­nate at Par­lia­ment sta­tion.

All other ser­vices will start and fin­ish at South­ern Cross sta­tion in the city.

Weekly and monthly myki pass hold­ers should con­sider the free travel pe­riod be­fore pur­chas­ing or ac­ti­vat­ing the passes and those that travel on ac­tive myki passes will be able to claim re­funds for their days of free travel.

Next month’s dis­rup­tions to Gipp­s­land trains con­tinue a year of fre­quent re­place­ments of trains with buses.

That has hap­pened on about one-third of the days this year as work con­tin­ues on up­grades to the met­ro­pol­i­tan rail net­work be­tween Pak­en­ham and Caulfield to re­move level cross­ings and also cater for the in­tro­duc­tion next year of new High Ca­pac­ity Metro trains.

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