Train pain again

BUSES FOR TRAINS: Trains will not run between Melbourne and Albury this long weekend due to planned maintenance but will be replaced by road coaches.

THE North East rail line will shut down for maintenance over this Labour Day weekend.

According to the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) the ‘major maintenance shutdown’ will see more than $3 million invested into more than 30 separate projects from March 11 to 13 in the biggest package of rail maintenance works for the year.

“Planned nearly a year in advance, a ‘track shutdown’ allows for a large amount of work to be delivered efficiently and safely,” ARTC’s general manager of asset management – interstate, Brian Green, told the Wangaratta Chronicle yesterday.

“It is important we approach maintenance in a careful, staged and planned manner in the context of all rail operations and the needs of the entire network.

“This is particularly relevant for North East Victoria which serves valuable freight and passenger services operating across the national interstate rail freight network, from Melbourne to Albury and beyond.

“The March shutdown will allow ballast cleaners, excavators and diggers on hi-rail equipment, rail tampers and other specialist equipment access to the track to deliver everything from track undercutting to ballast cleaning, rail grinding and drainage improvements.

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