SAFETY: The Harcourt rail bridge will receive an upgrade this weekend. Picture: GLENN DANIELSPLANNING to travel to Melbourne by train this weekend? Take note – rail services will be replaced by coaches June 27 and 28 to allow the Harcourt rail bridge to receive a $230,000 upgrade.
The 15 metre timber deck on the bridge will be replaced with steel.
The work will involve lifting the track, ballast and sleepers before removing the timber deck and replacing it with a new steel structure. Minor maintenance works will be undertaken at the same time.
Scheduled services will resume as normal from Monday morning.
V/Line has advised travellers to allow an extra 40 minutes travel time to and from Melbourne.
Public Transport MinisterJacinta Allan said the new deck would help keep the Bendigo line “safe and reliable for regional passengers”.
“V/Line maintenance works like these are critical to keeping our regional train network movingand I thank passengers for their patience while they are carried out,” she said.
Member for Bendigo WestMaree Edwards said the work was crucial.
“About 40 trains travel over this bridge each weekday, so replacement of the ageing deck is critical to keeping Bendigo line services safe and reliable,” she said.
Check the V/Line website for more information about changes to services.
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