Improvement works across Victoria’s public transport network this weekend

Added: 12 November 2015

Improvement works across Victoria’s public transport network are being carried out this weekend, as part of a multi-billion dollar investment and upgrade program for Victoria’s public transport system.

Work on the State Government's Level Crossing Removal Project is ramping up this weekend, with buses replacing trains on the Glen Waverley line to enable major construction to continue at Burke Road, and on the Belgrave/Lilydale line as works get started for Blackburn Road and Heatherdale Road level crossings.

V/Line will complete $3.2 million of track upgrade works between Geelong and Warrnambool, which will see coaches replace trains between these stations. Trains from Warrnambool to Melbourne will be replaced by coaches for the entire journey.

V/Line Traralgon services will operate as road coaches between Southern Cross and Pakenham. Rosedale, Sale, Stratford and Bairnsdale trains will be replaced by coaches for the entire journey to and from Melbourne.

Metro will undertake signalling upgrades and maintenance on sections of the Hurstbridge, Pakenham and Cranbourne lines. Buses will replace trains between all stations while works are carried out.

Yarra Trams will perform track maintenance and repair work on Sydney Road in Coburg, affecting Route 19 services.

PTV Director of Performance and Contract Management Jeroen Weimar said these works are important to ensure Victoria’s public transport system continues to grow with demand.

“The State Government is investing in major projects to transform our public transport system, including the Level Crossing Removal Project and Melbourne Metro Rail Project,” Mr Weimar said.

“In addition to these transformational projects, maintenance works and signalling upgrades help us improve the reliability of the network."

PTV, in conjunction with V/Line, Yarra Trams and Metro, is communicating with customers extensively to ensure they are aware of the works through announcements, advertisements, posters at stations, social media and the websites.

Etihad Stadium will host UFC 193 on Sunday, with a crowd of 60,000 people expected to attend.

To help fans get to and from the event, additional train services will run on most lines and extra trams will operate between Etihad Stadium and East Melbourne via both Bourke Street and La Trobe Street.

“Melbourne successfully hosts a large number of international events - such as last week's Melbourne Cup - and we do our best to time these critical works to avoid clashing with the biggest events,” Mr Weimar said.

“I urge all customers to plan their journey ahead of time and allow additional travel time. We appreciate the patience of passengers this weekend to help us improve the network.”

Improvement works are being carried out across the following train lines:

  • Hurstbridge line - Greensborough to Hurstbridge (Saturday and Sunday)
  • Glen Waverley line - Darling to Burnley (8.30pm until first train: Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
  • Pakenham line – Dandenong to Pakenham (Saturday and Sunday)
  • Cranbourne line – Dandenong to Cranbourne (Saturday and Sunday)
  • Belgrave and Lilydale lines – Box Hill to Ringwood (Saturday and Sunday)
  • V/Line Geelong/Warrnambool line – Geelong to Warrnambool (late Friday night, Saturday and Sunday)
  • V/Line Traralgon/Bairnsdale line - Southern Cross to Pakenham for Traralgon services; Southern Cross to Bairnsdale for Bairnsdale services (Saturday and Sunday)
  • Yarra Trams – Route 19 on Sydney Road between Moreland Road and Gaffney Street (Saturday and Sunday) 

For more detailed disruption information visit the Live Travel Updates page.

Customers can plan their journey by calling 1800 800 007 (6am – midnight daily) or by using Journey Planner


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