The journey from Melbourne to Shepparton is expected to take an hour longer next weekend with buses to replace Seymour and Shepparton line trains to allow for line maintenance works.
A V/Line spokesperson said the planned track works aim to help improve the overall reliability of track and signalling.
Coaches will replace Seymour and Shepparton trains for the entire journey to and from Southern Cross Station next Saturday and Sunday.
‘‘We’re completing maintenance works on the Seymour and Shepparton line, to keep trains safe and comfortable for passengers,’’ the spokesperson said.
‘‘While V/Line crews and contractors complete the work, coaches will replace trains for the entire journey and we’re asking passengers to allow an extra 60 minutes for their journey.
‘‘We understand the service changes are frustrating for passengers but it’s important we regularly maintain the line to help reduce the risk of disruptions.
‘‘Track machines and test trains will still run along the track during the disruption, so always obey the warning signs at level crossings and take care around trains.’’
The works are part of what the Victorian Government describes as a 14-day construction blitz to prepare the network for improved service.
Referring to a planned statewide road and rail works spree, Acting Public Transport Minister Philip Dalidakis said the state was about to experience ‘‘significant disruptions due to an enormous amount of infrastructure works being undertaken including signalling improvements, line duplication, road works and level crossing removals’’.
‘‘We encourage the public to plan ahead during these disruptions and thank them for their patience as we deliver the transport network we need,’’ he said.