Chaos continues on Warrnambool rail line as speed restrictions bite

Media Release
28 November 2016

Chaos continues on Warrnambool rail line as speed restrictions bite

South West Coast MP Roma Britnell says the Warrnambool line is being left to languish as the State Government focuses on the metropolitan rail network.

Last week, 10 services were delayed on the line, some by up to 38 minutes. The first two services on Monday morning were also delayed.

It follows on from a week of chaos, when all services on the line were replaced with road coaches because of a level crossing fault the government tried to keep secret.

Last week’s delays were caused by “speed restrictions” between Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool.

“My understanding is the temporary speed restrictions are in place at level crossings where there are no flashing lights, bells or boom gates and there is limited line of sight,” Mrs Britnell said.

“On top of that the Rail Tram and Bus Union has placed a 100 kilometre an hour speed restriction for passenger trains between Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool. Timetables are based on a maximum permitted speed for passenger trains of 115 km/h.

“So while the Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan and the Premier are busy spruiking the benefits of level crossing removals for Melbourne commuters, country travellers are being forced to deal with lengthy delays with no indication of when or if the problem will be fixed.”

Mrs Britnell said Minister Allan needed to urgently address the problems on the Warrnambool line to ensure services could return to their normal speeds. She said regional public transport is just as important as the metropolitan network.

“People from the south-west are faced with an unreliable service that means it’s often more reliable to drive to the city for appointments and meetings,” she said.

“Reliable public transport to regional areas is a key way to decentralise population and take the pressure off the city. It’s not just those travelling to and from Warrnambool that are impacted.

“Every late Warrnambool train affects services to and from Geelong, a quick glance at the V/Line Geelong Twitter account shows there is absolute chaos on the line.

“The problems on the Warrnambool line are not new, but for two years this Labor Government has done nothing but blame the previous Coalition government – despite its slogans “getting it done” and “putting people first”.

“Under this government, the only people who are put first are those who live in the city.”

Delays on the Warrnambool Line (from the V/Line Geelong Twitter account)

November 22:

12.08 Warrnambool to Southern Cross – Delayed 18 Minutes

13.21 Southern Cross to Warrnambool – Delayed 32 minutes

November 23:

7.20 Southern Cross to Warrnambool – Delayed 18 minutes

12.08 Warrnambool to Southern Cross – Delayed 29 minutes

13.21 Southern Cross to Warrnambool – Delayed 38 minutes

November 24:

6.00 Warrnambool to Southern Cross – Delayed 16 minutes

12.08 Warrnambool to Southern Cross – Delayed 23 Minutes

13.21 Southern Cross to Warrnambool – Delayed 35 minutes

November 25:

5.50 Warrnambool to Southern Cross – Delayed 17 minutes

7.00 Southern Cross to Warrnambool- Delayed 15 minutes

November 28:

6.00 Warrnambool to Southern Cross – Delayed 16 minutes

7.20 Southern Cross to Warrnambool – Delayed 15 minutes

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