Metro Tunnel hits another milestone

Buses will replace trains on the Cranbourne and Pakenham, Frankston and Sandringham lines in April as major work begins on the Metro Tunnel.

Construction works across the metropolitan and regional train network will also impact the Glen Waverley, Mernda, Gippsland, Geelong and Warrnambool lines with buses replacing trains from 1 to 23 April.

Gippsland passengers, who have been most impacted by upgrades along Melbourne’s busiest train line, will again receive free travel for April.

Recognising the impact of works on Victorians heading to the footy during this period, the Free Tram Zone will be extended for passengers travelling to the MCG during this period. 

AFL fans who use Richmond station should allow extra time to get to the MCG during April, due to service variations. 

The Sandringham line will reopen for Easter Monday and V/Line trains will be back for Geelong supporters to get to the Hawthorn clash, when a crowd of 75,000 is expected to descend on the MCG.

The works will add up to 60 minutes travel time for some Metro and V/Line rail passengers, who are encouraged to plan ahead by visiting bigbuild.vic.gov.au.