Ararat V/line users set for headaches these school holidays

Road and rail users are being warned of major disruptions this spring due to power, signalling and track upgrades, and ongoing major work on the Metro Tunnel and West Gate Tunnel projects.

Work is being carried out during the school holiday period in late September and early October, a quieter period.

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State Government said that the works have been carefully planned to minimise the impacts on passengers, stressing that the AFL Grand Final and traditional Grand Final Parade will not be impacted.

The work is not only impacting metro services, with disruptions to the Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Warrnambool, Ararat, Maryborough, Swan Hill and Echuca lines from Sunday 29 September to Friday 4 October. Passengers will be on coaches for part of these trips.

“We apologise for the disruptions but we can’t deliver the biggest
upgrade our train network has ever seen without them,” Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said.

“These works pave the way for more services, bigger trains and less congestion on our busiest roads.”

Ararat travellers will have to endure more disruptions from Saturday 19 to Thursday 24 October, as V/Line maintenance works mean coaches will be replacing trains on the Ballarat, Geelong, Warrnambool, Ararat and Maryborough lines.

Overnight closures of the West Gate Freeway between August and October to relocate powerlines and other works for the West Gate Tunnel will also be in place.