Gippsland trains affected by Covid-related driver shortage
Trains on the Gippsland line are being replaced by coaches today after a V/Line train driver tested positive for Covid-19.
The Department of Transport said more than a hundred drivers have had to isolate, affecting workforce numbers.
Services on the Bairnsdale, Warrnambool and Swan Hill lines have been impacted.
The Gippsland Regional Public Health Network has confirmed there are NO exposure sites in Gippsland, and little risk to the Gippsland public.
"V/Line and the Department of Transport are working closely with the Department of Health to support the drivers and other staff affected, and we are exercising an abundance of caution in the interest of the drivers and our passengers," according to a department spokesman.
"Public transport continues to operate under a strict COVID-safe plan with deep cleaning every night and more than 500 hand sanitisers installed across the network."
UPDATE BELOW: Statement from the Gippsland Region Public Health Unit