Uncertainty over train service

It is unclear whether the last Overland train trip has been completed, with its operator temporarily suspending all services due to COVID-19 precautions.

The train travels from Adelaide to Melbourne and stops in Murray Bridge, giving people another travel option when heading between the two states.

Merely days before it was originally meant to cease operation in December last year, the Victorian government agreed to continue its subsidy to the service for another three months before wrapping up on March 31.

But on Monday, March 23, Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions, which operates The Overland along with The Ghan and Indian Pacific, said in a post on Facebook that it would be suspending all three trains' services until May 31. This was due to various governments' new restrictions, including state border closures and the ceasing of non-essential travel and activities.

"We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves and the impending border closures of some states and territories," the post said.

"We recognise that this will be incredibly disappointing news for guests booked to travel between now and May 31, but trust they will understand our decision."

On Wednesday, a Victorian government spokesman said the state had extended the continuation of the subsidy until June 30.

"We're aware Journey Beyond has decided to suspend its Overland service until the end of May following the South Australian Government's decision to close its state's border," he said.

"Separately to this, Victoria had agreed to continue funding The Overland until the end of June, following the South Australian Government's decision to cut its share of funding."

Journey Beyond Rail said the company was continuing talks with the Victorian government.

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