The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) will begin essential rail maintenance and enhancement works in Victoria, with two separate works projects taking place throughout August and September 2022.

Maintenance works to renew the track and drainage works will occur in the South Dynon area from 6 August until 26 August, improving reliability for V-Line passenger rail services travelling on the north east rail line to Albury.

ARTC will then carry out annual maintenance program works between 3 September and 5 September, helping to maintain a high standard of reliability across the network.

V/Line and NSW TrainLink XPT passenger train services between Melbourne and Albury will run as coaches while works are undertaken – passengers are encouraged to check the V/Line and Transport for NSW websites for service disruptions.

Wherever possible ARTC uses these network shutdown periods to carry out all major works in a local rail corridor, minimising the impact to passenger train services.

However, ARTC General Manager Asset Maintenance Services – Interstate Network, Costas Kokkoni, said due to the multiple work locations and issues around availability of maintenance equipment, ARTC has been unable to complete the South Dynon and its maintenance program works within the same period.

“These works will bring long term benefits and improvements for passenger rail services between Melbourne and Albury,” Mr Kokkoni said.

“The maintenance program and other urgent works requires track closures to allow access to the tracks for works that cannot be done safely when trains are running.

“ARTC has made every effort to minimise impacts to services and we thank the community for its patience while these critical, long-term improvements are underway.”

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