Melbourne and Victoria summer transport delays

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Commuters may experience delays of between 15 and 75 minutes each way.
Commuters may experience delays of between 15 and 75 minutes each way.

A massive "summer construction blitz" is set to cause significant disruption to how people travel to and from work, sales, sporting events and holidays. It will affect road, train, bus and tram travel until late January.  

RACV believes the works are vital to transforming Victoria's transport system but is disappointed that notification of these works has come far too late to help people make informed decisions about how they’ll travel in this period.

To help you work out what you need to know, check out the following summaries for when you are travelling to and from particular regions of Melbourne and Victoria: 

·       Southern and south-eastern suburbs
·       Gippsland and Latrobe Valley
·       North-eastern suburbs
·       Northern suburbs
·       Western suburbs
·       Melbourne Airport
·       Sporting events

Delays caused by the construction projects may be between 15 and 75 minutes each way. VicRoads says the major travel planning services and apps available on mobile phones and in satnav units will receive live data about the closures and their effect on travel times. 

Please note that weather and construction issues may affect construction works, and they could be rescheduled. Minor roadworks, and other works across Victoria, will also be occurring. 

For up-to-date information see: 
VicRoads
Public Transport Victoria
Metro Trains 
VLine 
Yarra Trams
Monash widening works
CityLink Tulla Widening works
Level crossing removal

View a map of all the works across Melbourne

What you can do

If you can avoid travelling in the affected areas, or at all, you will probably be much happier. Think about changing to a different mode of transport too – could you take a train when the freeway is closed, or drive to a different railway line when your regular line is closed? Is there an alternative bus route? Can you take a ferry from Portarlington or Williamstown? Time to try Melbourne Bike Share or dust off your own bike?    

Sporting events

Some of the major works have been deliberately scheduled to reduce their impact on major events such as cricket and tennis. However, the closure of some of the railway lines could have a big impact and you should check to see whether your plans could be affected. 

Melbourne Airport

There will be some delays on the Western Ring Road and Tullamarine Freeway.

Closures of a section of the Western Ring Road, between the Calder Freeway and Sunshine Avenue, are planned for two weekends in January: 
·       Greensborough-bound, 9pm on Friday 12 January to 5am Monday 15 January 2018.
·       Altona-bound, 9pm on Friday 19 January to 5am Monday 22 January 2018.

For up-to-date information see: 
M80 Western Ring Road
CityLink-Tullamarine Freeway widening project

Check the other links above to find out about other closures across Melbourne. 


Southern and south-eastern suburbs

Major road and train-line closures will affect travel to and from the southern and south-eastern suburbs. 

·       Cranbourne and Pakenham railway lines will have buses replacing trains between:
        o   Caulfield Station and Dandenong Station from 10 to17 January 2018.
·       Bus and coach services will replace Gippsland V/Line services between Southern Cross Station and Pakenham from 2 to 17 January 2017.
·       Monash Freeway closures include:
        o   Outbound lane closures (24/7) between EastLink and the South Gippsland Freeway from 27 to 31 December 2017
        o   Various night works along the corridor. 

Delays for any of the above projects may be up to 75 minutes each way. You may need to leave more than an hour earlier to arrive at your destination on time. 

If you are a regular passenger on the Sandringham and Glen Waverley lines, note that there may be an increase in passengers transferring from the Frankston, Cranbourne and Pakenham lines via bus or driving to stations along the lines. 

Check the links above for more information. 

Gippsland and Latrobe Valley

Major road and train-line closures will affect travel between Melbourne and Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley.

·       Bus and coach services will replace Gippsland V/Line services between Southern Cross Station and Pakenham from 2 to 17 January 2017.
·       Monash Freeway closures include:
        o   Outbound lane closures (24/7) between EastLink and the South Gippsland Freeway from 27 to 31 December 2017
·       Cranbourne and Pakenham railway lines will have buses replacing trains between:
        o   Caulfield Station and Dandenong Station from 10 to 17 January 2018.

Delays for any of the above projects may be up to 75 minutes each way. You may need to leave more than an hour earlier to arrive at your destination on time. 

Check the links above for more information. 

North-eastern suburbs, and some travel to and from Yarra Valley

Major road and train-line closures will affect travel to and from the north-eastern suburbs, and some travel between central Melbourne and the Yarra Valley. 

·       Lygon Street will have tram works between Elgin Street and Weston Street from 3 to 16 January 2018. 
·       Hoddle Street will be closed from 7 to 14 January 2018. You will not be able to use Hoddle Street between the Eastern Freeway and Victoria Parade.
        Buses and bicycles can continue to use Hoddle Street, and local vehicle access to properties will remain.  
·       Hurstbridge railway line will have buses replacing trains between Clifton Hill Station and Macleod Station from 18 to 23 January 2018. 
·       Construction activity for the new Chandler Highway Bridge is not expected to add to delays in this period. 

Delays for any of the above projects may be up to 60 minutes each way. You may need to leave an hour earlier to arrive at your destination on time. 

Check the links above for more information. 

Northern suburbs and northern Victoria

Major road and train line closures will affect travel to and from the northern suburbs and northern Victoria.

·       Lygon Street will have tram works between Elgin Street and Weston Street from 3 to 16 January 2018. 
·       Hoddle Street will be closed from 7 to 14 January 2018. You will not be able to use Hoddle Street between the Eastern Freeway and Victoria Parade.
        Buses and bicycle can continue to use Hoddle Street, and local vehicle access to properties will remain.  
·       South Morang Railway Line will have buses replacing trains between Epping Station and South Morang Station 12 to 14 January 2018.
·       Closures of a section of the Western Ring Road, between the Calder Freeway and Sunshine Avenue, are planned for two weekends in January: 
        o   Greensborough-bound, 9pm on Friday 12 January to 5am Monday 15 January 2018.
        o   Altona-bound, 9pm on Friday 19 January to 5am Monday 22 January 2018. 
·       McIntyre Road will be closed between the M80 Ring Road and Balfour Avenue, on two days in January 2018:
        Saturday 20 January between 11am and 7pm
        Sunday 21 January between 11am and 7pm.
·       Seymour and Shepparton VLine trains will be replaced by coaches on Saturday 13 January and Sunday 14 January 2018.
·       CityLink/Tullamarine Freeway will be undergoing continued minor traffic management through December 2017 and January 2018. Minor works include on/off ramp closures.

Delays for any of the above projects may be up to 60 minutes each way. You may need to leave an hour earlier to arrive at your destination on time.

Check the links above for more information. 

Western suburbs and western Victoria

Major road and train-line closures will affect travel to and from the western suburbs.

·       West Gate Bridge eastbound (citybound) will have three lanes closed from 26 to 30 December 2017.
·       Ararat Railway Line will have buses replacing trains from 27 to 29 December 2017.
·       Maryborough line will have coaches replacing trains between Wednesday 27 December 2017 and Saturday 30 December 2017.
·       Closures of a section of the Western Ring Road, between the Calder Freeway and Sunshine Avenue, are planned for two weekends in January: 
        o   Greensborough-bound, 9pm on Friday 12 January to 5am Monday 15 January 2018.
        o   Altona-bound, 9pm on Friday 19 January to 5am Monday 22 January 2018. 
·       McIntyre Road will be closed between the M80 Ring Road and Balfour Avenue, on two days in January 2018:
        Saturday 20 January between 11am and 7pm
        Sunday 21 January between 11am and 7pm.
·       The Western Ring Road between Pascoe Vale Road and Sunshine Avenue will be undergoing continued minor traffic management through December 2017 and January 2018.

Delays for any of the above projects may be up to 60 minutes each way. You may need to leave an hour earlier to arrive at your destination on time.

Check the links above for more information. 

Written by RACV
December 15, 2017

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