More than 90% of V/Line trains will begin operating in two weeks, following months of major disruptions on the regional network that has been plagued with issues.
Victoria public transport minister Jacinta Allan said work to reduce wheel wear, accelerate maintenance and fix boomgate detection had been more effective than anticipated.
As a result of swift maintenance and replacement services, 43 out of 64 coaches will enter service by 21 March, which will help more than 5,000 passengers reach their destinations.
Most of the trains running on Geelong and Bendigo corridors will be restored along with Ballarat train services. All services, except two, on the Gippsland line will be restored.
V/Line’s service restoration plan was divided into two stages. Restoration works in the first stage have been completed.
In stage two, more trains are expected to return to service and the timetable for these is expected later this year.
Installation of track detection devices at all metropolitan level crossings is expected to be completed by 11 March, which will help to lift the restriction on VLocity trains running on the Gippsland corridor.
The Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong and Gippsland lines were badly impacted by problems on the network.
V/Line CEO Gary Liddle was quoted by abc.net.au saying that so far nearly 300 train wheels have been replaced and 200 more are to be completed.