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Spring construction blitz on roads and public transport

25 Aug 2019

Melbourne and Victoria are growing, and to keep people moving, we are expanding and modernising the transport network to make travel easier. That’s why we’re delivering important works on the rail network across Victoria this spring to prepare for the Metro Tunnel.

The Metro Tunnel will provide space on the rail network for over half a million extra trips to and from the suburbs during peak periods each week and reduce travel times by up to 50 minutes a day. It will also help take cars off our busy roads. 

Across late September and October, buses will replace trains at various times on the Cranbourne and Pakenham, Sunbury, Werribee and Williamstown lines. At various times, trams on St Kilda Road and Plenty Road will also be replaced by buses and trams on Flinders Street will not run between Elizabeth Street and Russell Street.

On the regional train network, coaches will replace trains on parts of the Ballarat, Bendigo, Gippsland, Geelong and Warrnambool lines.

Gippsland passengers who have been most impacted by upgrades along Melbourne’s busiest train line will again receive free travel during this time. 

There will be a range of other smaller disruptions for essential maintenance works across the network, plan ahead before you travel.

We encourage you to plan ahead to avoid long delays, allow more time for your journey and consider alternatives if you can during the works. Please be aware there may also be more people using the roads, or an alternative line or route, if their usual journey is disrupted. For travel tips, see Tips to help you plan ahead during the spring construction blitz.

For information on all current and upcoming disruptions across the network, visit Disruptions.

For information on changes to the road network, visit the VicRoads website.

Metropolitan train icon Metropolitan trains

Alamein, Belgrave and Lilydale lines

Table summary

Alamein, Belgrave and Lilydale disruptions
Disruption Works commence Works finish
Buses replace trains between Parliament and Camberwell stations 8.20pm Friday 4 October Sunday 6 October

Cranbourne and Pakenham lines

Cranbourne and Pakenham line disruptions
Disruption Works commence Works finish
Buses replace trains on sections of the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines Saturday 21 September Wednesday 25 September

Glen Waverley line

Table summary

Glen Waverley disruptions
Disruption Works commence Works finish
Buses replace trains between Parliament and Glen Waverley stations 8.20pm Friday 4 October Sunday 6 October

Sunbury line

Sunbury line disruptions
Disruption Works commence Works finish
Buses replace trains between Flagstaff and Sunshine Sunday 29 September  Friday 11 October

Werribee and Williamstown lines

Werribee and Williamstown lines
Disruption Works commence Works finish
Buses replace trains between Newport and Werribee 8.30pm Friday 11 October Sunday 13 October

V/Line train icon Regional trains

Regional line disruptions
Line Disruption Works commence Works finish
Ballarat line Coaches replace trains between Southern Cross and Bacchus Marsh/Melton Sunday 29 September Friday 4 October
Buses replace trains between Southern Cross and Bacchus Marsh/Melton Saturday 19 October Thursday 24 October
Bendigo line Coaches replace trains between Southern Cross and Gisborne Sunday 29 September Friday 4 October
Geelong line Coaches and buses replace trains on sections of the Geelong line Sunday 29 September Friday 4 October
Bairnsdale / Traralgon line Coaches replace trains between Southern Cross and Bairnsdale Saturday 21 September Wednesday 25 September
Warrnambool line Coaches replace trains between Southern Cross and Warrnambool Sunday 29 September Friday 4 October

Yarra Trams icon Trams

Tram disruptions
Tram Route Disruption Works commence Works finish
Routes 3/3A, 5, 6, 16, 58, 64, 67 and 72

Route 3, 3a, 5, 16, 64 and 67

Buses replace trams between Stop 19 (Shrine of Remembrance) and Stop 25 (Commercial Road)

Route 6

Buses replace trams between Stop 19 (Shrine of Remembrance) and Stop 53 (Glen Iris terminus)

Route 58

Buses replace trams between Stop 116 (Wells Street) and Stop 123 (Fawkner Park)

Route 72

Buses replace trams between Stop 19 (Shrine of Remembrance) and Stop 26 (Alfred Hospital)

8.30pm Sunday 13 October Sunday 27 October
Route 70 and 75, City Circle No trams will run between Russell Street and Elizabeth Street. Passengers will need to walk around the work zone. Wednesday 2 October Monday 7 October
Route 86 Buses replace trams between Stop 42 (Dundas Street and High Street) and Stop 71 (Bundoora terminus)  Saturday 21 September Sunday 29 September