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January 10, 2017

Heat speed restrictions to V/Line’s freight network have been lifted after site inspections and tracks works made the lines safer for high-speed trains.

Missing woman found

Shepparton woman Rebecca Petts, 34, has been found after going missing on New Year’s Day.

Shepparton police Sergeant Brad McMennemin said she reported to the city’s station yesterday and was safe and well.

Police said Ms Petts was last seen at an address on Kula St, Shepparton, on New Year’s Day and her family had concerns for her welfare because she has a medical condition.

Police thanked the public for their efforts in helping spread word about the missing woman.

Heat speed changes to V/Line tracks

Heat speed restrictions to V/Line’s freight network have been lifted after site inspections and tracks works made the lines safer for high-speed trains.

Sections of track between Dunolly and Birchip on the Mildura line and between Echuca and Deniliquin, reached temperatures of 33°C at the weekend and freight trains were unable to run on sections of two lines between noon and about 8pm.

Rail operators globally apply speed restrictions during hot weather to reduce the risk of derailments caused when steel rails expand in higher temperatures.

Freight trains could now operate at 30km/h, with normal conditions allowing trains to travel between up to 80km/h.

V/Line chief executive James Pinder said the company was doing ‘‘everything possible’’ to meet the needs of farmers and freight operators in transporting grain crops to ports.

Mr Pinder said track works were taking place between Tocumwal and Shepparton to enable an easing of heat speed restrictions.

Road toll figures altered

Victoria Police has adjusted its lives lost road toll for this year with a death from a crash on Saturday morning near Benalla no longer meeting the required criteria to be included in the tally.

Email incorrect

A letter from Wunghnu’s Kel Sidebottom about a proposed Numurkah rehabilitation facility published on Friday, January 6, contained an incorrect email address.

The correct email address is dsidebottom7@bigpond.com.au

The News apologises for any inconvenience.

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