Commuters on the Ballarat train line will need to allow extra time for travel as trains will have speed restrictions imposed from 12pm today due to the increasingly hot weather.
Although Ballarat is forecast to reach 33 degrees today, trains on the Ballarat line will be slowed from 160km/h to 90km/h or less as the mercury tips 36 degrees or more in Melton, Ararat and Maryborough.
V/Line have advised there will heat speed restrictions through the section of track between Rockbank and the Bank Box Loop, just past Bacchus Marsh, and ask commuters to allow extra travel time.
Some train services are expected be replaced by coaches for part or the entire journey, to help ensure V/Line can continue their usual timetable.
Travelers are advised to check the V/Line website, app, Twitter feed, announcements on board and at train stations for updates throughout the day.
V/Line CEO James Pinder said travelers should be conscious of the hot weather and always travel prepared for unseen problems during their journey.
“V/Line trains have drinking water on board but passengers should always travel with bottled water, wear cool clothing, and delay travel if they’re feeling unwell,” he said.
“V/Line passengers know the drill over summer and we’ll be making sure they are comfortable, informed and safe this summer.”
Heat speed restrictions are assessed on a day by day basis, visit the V/Line website for more information.