Easter long weekend public transport arrangements

Added: 13 April 2017

A major public transport construction blitz has been delivered so far throughout the April school holiday period, with further works and service changes planned for the Easter long weekend.

PTV Acting CEO Alan Fedda said that passengers were advised to plan ahead and check for any service changes before they travel.

“The Easter long weekend is a quieter period on the public transport network so there will be some service changes, in addition to continued improvement works as part of our Easter construction blitz,” Mr Fedda said.

“Metro Tunnel construction works are underway in the Domain precinct, so buses will be replacing Route 8 trams between the Shrine of Remembrance and Toorak on Saturday and Sunday.”

“The $4.4 million package of works underway on the Geelong and Warrnambool lines means coaches will continue to replace trains normal services resume on Monday on the Geelong line and Tuesday on the Warrnambool line.”

The Easter construction blitz has seen significant improvement and maintenance works carried out across the network for level crossing removals, Citylink Tulla Widening works, tram track renewal, and construction of the new Southland Station.

Works on the Swan Street Bridge upgrade also continue this weekend with one citybound lane and the footpath on the Rod Laver Arena side of the bridge closed until July.

“This weekend trains, trams and buses will operate to public holiday timetables, so passengers are advised to visit to plan ahead for service changes and allow extra time if there are works on their line,” Mr Fedda said.

“We’ve got extra V/Line and Metro trains to Round 4 AFL matches this weekend at Etihad Stadium and the MCG, in addition to extra tram services meaning public transport will be the best way to get to the footy.”

“V/Line train services on the Geelong line will be back on track from Monday in time for the Hawthorn vs Geelong match at the MCG, with extra V/Line services running before and after the game.”

“Passengers can take advantage of the $6 public holiday and weekend fare cap every day over the Easter long weekend, as well as the new $3 concession fare cap introduced on 1 January.”

  • On Good Friday, most services will operate to a Sunday timetable with some exceptions, including for V/Line coaches which will run to a limited holiday timetable.
  • On Saturday and Sunday most services will operate as usual, however passengers are advised to be mindful of disruptions on their line as Easter blitz works are underway.
  • On Easter Monday, most services will operate to a Saturday timetable with limited V/Line coach services operating to a holiday timetable.

“There are some exceptions to timetabled services over the long weekend, so it’s important for passengers to visit the PTV website to check for any changes to their journey and allow extra time.”

“We really appreciate the patience and understanding of our passengers as we deliver works to help transform and improve the public transport network for them into the future.”

Full details of service changes, including for planned works, can be found on the Live travel updates page.

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