Officially the bans have not been repealed/overturned – However no action will be taken against any cyclist who takes their bike on a peak hour train pending the outcome of the review. This advice has been confirmed by phone conversations with Lynne Kosky’s Senior Ministerial Advisor.
This is valid for both Connex and V/Line.
Text of V/Line bulletin: Information Alert – Needs your attention – Bicycle Ban Update (23 January)
As you may have read in the press, the Government has announced a review of the bike ban policy affecting peak trains from 1 January.
V/Line has committed to being a part of this review and will be working with cycling groups, customers, Connex and the Government to develop a commonsense approach that will allow us to maximise travel opportunities for everyone, while still safely and efficiently transporting large numbers of people during peak periods.
There will obviously be a range of views and operational issues that will need to be considered as part of this review and staff are encouraged to raise any suggestions with line management to feed into the review process.
During this review period we ask conductors and station staff to not enforce the bike ban. Bikes should continue to be managed in the same way as last year, which was to accept bikes on peak and off peak trains if there is capacity and it is safe.
We will keep you up to date with any developments, but in the meantime encourage any staff with questions to please speak with Regional or Area Services Managers.