THE forecast temperature might have been under the 36 degree threshold in both Ballarat and Melbourne, but V/Line still enacted the heat policy on trains on Tuesday, and more can be expected on Wednesday.
V/Line enacted its heat policy which sees trains run to a restricted timetable on Tuesday between noon and 8pm.
A V/Line spokesperson said extreme heat can have a particularly detrimental effect on lines with single rail sections. Lines used often such as Ballarat, with see full heat policy implemented on the whole line if anywhere along it is forecast to exceed 36 degrees. On Tuesday Melton was forecast to hit 37.
“We thank passengers for their patience while we get them where they need to go during hot weather,” A V/Line spokesperson said
“Extreme heat can lead to marginally longer journey times on most lines, as we reduce train speeds as a safety precaution.”
Meanwhile, Regional Rail Revival is reminding commuters that the Ballarat line will be offline for major works from Thursday until Sunday night.
Coaches will replace trains between Wendouree and Southern Cross Station.
Ararat and Maryborough line trains will continue to run to and from Ballarat, connecting with coaches to and from Southern Cross Station.
A temporary timetable will be available at staffed V/Line stations and online. The works include: laying track and installing 800 tonnes of ballast (crushed rock) for passing loops at Millbrook and Ballan, preparations for the installation of signalling between Caroline Springs and Melton, construction on the new Cobblebank Station, and a new roof canopy for the Rockbank Station building and building foundations for columns to support the new platform and overpass at Bacchus Marsh Station.
V/Line said a mix of express and semi-express coaches would operate, however as it is back to school time, passengers are advised that trips may take longer than in recent weeks.
For full timetable details go to the V/Line website or pick one up at a manned station.
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