Gippsland rail commuters will face delays today after one of V-Lines high speed country trains failed to trigger a boom gate.
VLocity trains, the newest in V-lines fleet, have been banned temporarily from suburban rail lines in Melbourne after a v-line train failed to trigger boom gates and warning signals at a level crossing in Dandenong on Friday.
The incident also prompted Melbourne’s train operator, Metro, to suspend v-line services on parts of the metropolitan network while technical investigations were performed.
“This decision is about ensuring the safety of rail services for passengers and the community,” a Public Transport spokesman said on Saturday.
V/Line says buses will replace train services in the interim.
“The VLocity technical investigation will continue throughout this week as we work to minimise disruptions and safely restore services as quickly as possible”, a Public Transport Victoria spokesperson said.
“V/Line is working to minimise disruptions on the Traralgon line and will provide as many coaches as possible between Traralgon and Southern Cross.”
“V/Line services on the Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Seymour lines will operate to a regular timetable.”
The suspension comes after V/Line was forced to pull Vlocity trains from service last week because their wheels were wearing out at a rapid rate and needed to be replaced.
Engineers are currently investigating the cause of the wheel problem.
V/Line says customers on all lines should check their website before travelling and allow additional travel time.