Work will commence at first light to repair Ararat signal fault

Vehicles were banked up either side of the Western Highway railway crossing on the east of Ararat late yesterday, due to a signal fault caused by a third party contractor.

The fault affected multiple track circuits around 4:50pm, impacting both Alfred Street and Western Highway level crossings. Police and the Australian Rail Track Corporation initially assisted with traffic management before Level Crossing Keepers arrived on-site around 6.30pm.

A truck driver told AC News he had been sitting at the crossing for 45 minutes as of 5:30pm. Vehicles began to flow normally after the Level Crossing Keepers arrived.

Boom gates have been opened but the issue is yet to be fixed, with crews beginning repairs at first light this morning to get people back on V/Line services.

The 18:23 Southern Cross – Ararat service terminated in Wendouree last night, and the issue will continue to affect commuters this morning. Ararat services to Wendouree will not operate until midday today. These services will be replaced by a coach.

Freight train services will continue to operate but will need to travel through the locations slowly, causing delays.

“We regret the impact on motorists and passenger services, it’s a frustrating incident for us to manage,” an ARTC spokesperson told AC News.

UPDATED 25/09/19 – 1AM