The state government has announced details of an autumn construction blitz that will close major train lines, tram lines and roads from mid-March to allow major works to be done.
Some of the worst delays will be for Gippsland V/Line passengers and Hurstbridge line commuters, who can expect long delays. Victorians planning to use V/Line trains to travel home to see family this Easter and in the April school holidays should carefully consider their plans. Bendigo and Stony Point Lines are also affected.
“Unfortunately, there don’t seem to be plans to provide buses to help commuters transfer from the closed Hurstbridge Line to the South Morang Line,” says Dave Jones, RACV’s manager of mobility advocacy.
Tram services along St Kilda Road will be affected as construction of Anzac Station, part of the Melbourne Metro Tunnel project, continues. Drivers will also face delays along this corridor, but cycling access will be maintained. While tram replacement buses will operate during tram line closures, cycling may be a quicker option for many.