Level crossing upgrades to restore Warrnambool timetable
Published: Mon 13 Feb 2017
V/Line will upgrade 20 level crossings on the Warrnambool line this year to improve safety and restore services to timetable.
The $10 million package of works will install lights, bells and boom gates at 20 high-risk level crossings between Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool, allowing speed restrictions put in place after the horrific crash at Pirron Yallock last year to be lifted.
Journeys between Warrnambool and Southern Cross Station are currently taking extra time due to temporary speed restrictions in place to ensure the safety of customers, staff and the community.
The temporary speed restrictions mean trains have to travel at slower speeds through some sections of track between Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool, adding time to the journey and contributing to delays.
These delays can have flow on effects on other services which are operated by the same train.
The new V/Line timetable, which begins Sunday 29 January, added 12 weekly services on the Warrnambool line and factored in some extra travel time.
V/Line will never compromise the safety of its customers, staff and the community, and has put the restrictions in place to minimise safety risks.
Temporary speed restrictions were put in place following the incident at Pirron Yallock in July last year, where a truck driver almost lost his life.
Following that incident, V/Line put speed restrictions in place in October at 17 passive level crossings between Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool where there is a poor line of sight for both train drivers and road users.
Running trains at lower speeds through these crossings reduces the risk of serious incidents and protects drivers, customers, staff and members of the community who live near the Warrnambool line.
V/Line put further speed restrictions in place in December at five active crossings after a boom gate at an active crossing came down a few seconds later than the 25 seconds required.