Strong winds have caused all Ballarat trains to be cancelled and replaced by coaches between Wendouree and Ballan.
Multiple services were cancelled this morning after the wild weather caused significant damage to a level crossing on one of Ballarat's busiest roads.
About 10.30am, V/Line announced all western line services would originate and terminate at Ballan due to a signalling fault.
Trains will be replaced by coaches between Wendouree and Ballan until further notice.
All services on the Western Line will terminate and originate at Ballan, due to a signaling fault. Trains have been replaced by coaches between Wendouree - Ballan until further notice.— V/Line Ballarat Line (@vline_ballarat) June 10, 2021
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Motorists were being diverted and train services were cancelled after one of the boom gates at the Creswick Road level crossing sustained significant damage.
The Courier understands a section of the boom gates sustained damage as strong winds which reached more than 70km/h overnight.
The section of boom gates had bent at a right angle and was getting caught on signage around the level crossing.
Coaches replaces trains in the early morning between Ballarat and Wendouree before crews closed Creswick Road to traffic about 8am while repairs to the boom gates could take place.
While the crossing was closed, city-bound traffic was diverted at Howitt Street and forced to use either Burnbank Street or Wendouree Parade to access the CBD.
The road was then reopened to traffic before 9am once the boom gate had been repaired.
Coaches are currently replacing trains between Ballan and Ballarat, Wendouree, Ararat and Maryborough while V/Line investigates and repairs suspected weather damage to rail equipment which has caused signalling faults between Ballarat and Ballan.
A V/Line spokesperson thanked passengers for their patience following the disruptions.
"We're working hard to get passengers to their destination as quickly as possible while crews work to make the tracks safe for normal services to resume," the spokesperson said.
Nearby, the fence of Alstom's Ballarat manufacturing facility also sustained damaged in the wild winds.
One of the bolts holding together the site's fence along Creswick Road came loose this morning, with the wind pushing the panel on a 20 degree lean.
Two Alstom workers braved the weather about 9am to temporarily prop up the fence until it could be properly repaired.
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