RACV calls for free travel in April construction blitz
More than 1.5 million rail commuters to be affected.
RACV is calling for free travel for commuters affected by autumn’s construction blitz, which will close nine train lines for up to three weeks in April.
More than 1.5 million commuters are expected to be affected by the unprecedented rail shutdowns during the April school holidays and Easter holiday period.
Buses will replace trains on the Frankston, Cranbourne, Pakenham, Sandringham, Gippsland and Warrnambool lines. The Geelong, Mernda and Glen Waverley lines will also be affected.
In Melbourne much of the disruption is necessary for construction of the Metro Tunnel in South Yarra, and for the introduction of new high-capacity trains that will soon be trialled on Melbourne’s rail network. Elsewhere, level-crossing removals, track works and rail bridge projects require lines to be closed.
The South Yarra site where construction of the Metro Tunnnel entrance will cause major rail delays in April. Photo: nearmap.