People have been urged to stop walking on the Mornington railway line as the Mornington Railway Preservation Society aims to restart services. The society, which operates a historic train between Moorooduc and Mornington, ran trains for testing and maintenance on the weekend.
“This is to ensure that our infrastructure is safe and ready for restarting passenger train operations shortly under our COVID-safe arrangements,” the society posted online. “We are aware that many people have been enjoying walking along the rail corridor during our enforced closure, but it’s important that this practice now ceases. We will be returning to operational status, and passenger and volunteer safety are paramount.”
The society said signs would soon be posted at railway entrance points advising the line was now closed to unauthorised public use under the Rail Safety National Law. It said it was keen to share the area with the public in a “safe and controlled manner” in future.
The society urged people to sign a petition calling for a shared path along the railway line between the Moorooduc and Mornington stations. Almost 3000 people have signed the petition, which is backed by the Mornington Safelink Group and argues that the path will help families connect and tackle obesity by enabling children to ride bicycles and exercise safely.
View the petition here.