How to survive August train disruptions

Moving Well | Sue Hewitt | Posted on 13 August 2019

Trains to be disrupted by major transport works from 30 August to 2 September.

Travellers on Melbourne's train networks and some regional lines face major disruptions at the end of August due to major power upgrades and maintenance works.

Overhead power will be switched off across the network to allow for around-the-clock work which will affect nine of the 15 metropolitan lines as well as closing the city loop, from about 9pm on Friday 30 August until the early hours of Monday 2 September. 

Metro train pulls into station at Flinders Street in Victoria

Buses will replace trains on all or part of the Craigieburn, Cranbourne, Frankston, Pakenham, Sandringham, Sunbury, Upfield, Werribee and Williamstown lines, and the Geelong, Warrnambool and Bairnsdale lines. 

Extra tram and bus services will be scheduled across the city throughout the weekend. 

Trains on the Mernda, Hurstbridge, Belgrave, Lilydale, Glen Waverley and Alamein lines will continue to operate to and from Flinders Street Station across the weekend.  

The work is part of the state’s biggest power upgrade along 80 kilometres of the Pakenham and Cranbourne lines, says Transport Department spokesman Jeroen Weimar. 

He says crews will also carry out maintenance work between Southern Cross and Caulfield stations, as well as upgrading platforms and drainage at South Yarra station. 

The work is timed to coincide with the AFL bye weekend. “While we understand that this [work] may cause significant disruption to passengers, we believe this is the least disruptive time and best opportunity to complete these essential works,” Jeroen says.   

For full details of the disruptions visit, or download RACV's arevo app to help you plan your commute.