There are no overtime bans in place.
On another note - bustitutions due to "Staff Sickness" (code for "we don't have enough staff and they currently have overtime bans in place") are becoming epidemic of late.
Firstly, Bombardier maintain the "heritage" fleet. (That is long distance cars and N class locos). The failure rate has been appalling of late. Bombardier are most likely going to build the replacement long distance train, construction of which would probably be brought forward if the "heritage" fleet became terribly unreliable. 2 + 2 sometimes equals 4 but not always.I've had people involved with the maintenance openly admit that if a Vlocity requires a part they will do everything that can to obtain that part but when it comes to anything else the care factor is waaay lower.
I know that V/Line are really short on crews and are training as many wanna-be drivers as they can. So it may have been a last minute staff sickness.Thanks Mike but unfortunately that info wasn't sent to my email as disruptions usually are otherwise I could've got an extra pint in
PS off the V/Line feed.
Service change15:50 Eaglehawk - Southern Cross train will not run due to a train fault. Customers are advised to board the 16:34 Epsom to SCS.
BG - my experiences of late mirror yours. Metro trains are getting priority at Sunshine and not waiting at all for Down V/lines to overtake. And to top it off some V/line trains are stopping on the Down at Sunbury on the middle track before they enter VLine only territory for no obvious reason.The Taradale TSR is for track geometry issues. I don't believe it has anything to do with the bridge as such as it starts near Malmsbury and finishes just after the bridge.
6 months ago we would've been barrelling along here at 130 km/h. Then they whacked a 80 km/h TSR here, and now some of them stop and go. Why????
Taradale TSR is perplexing, especially since they re-decked bridge etc just 18 months ago...
Incidentally, yesterday was a dog's breakfast. Some of the RRL is out of action at Kensington South for Melb Metro works. At least services are still running.
I've recieved a few text messages with delays from V/line with ''track congestion at Nar Nar Goon'' and ''track congestion at Sale''And I have received a few recently with "track congestion at Castlemaine"
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