Closures continue in construction blitz
Significant works are now underway on the Metro Tunnel’s entrance at South Yarra, with crews working around the clock to complete vital upgrades as part of an autumn construction blitz.
This work will impact nine different metropolitan and regional train lines between April 1 and 23 when buses will replace trains in different sections.
Mernda line closures begin tonight, with crews preparing to demolish Reservoir Station as part of the project to remove the level crossing.
Work continues this weekend when closures begin on the Cranbourne, Pakenham, Frankston, Sandringham and Gippsland lines.
These closures have been timed to coincide with the Easter holidays to lessen the impact on passengers, but there will still be delays of up to 60 minutes in peak hour.
The Sandringham line will reopen for Easter Monday and V/Line trains will be running for Geelong supporters to get to the Hawthorn v Geelong game.
The free tram zone will also be extended to the MCG for affected games during rounds 3-5, and trains on some lines won’t run through Richmond station, so AFL fans should allow extra time to get to the footy this month.
Gippsland passengers, who have been most impacted by the upgrades, will again receive free travel.
In addition to the disruptions on the rail network, the citybound exit ramp for Williamstown Road on the West Gate Freeway will be closed for three weekends in April and May, as work progresses on the West Gate Tunnel.
Since the blitz started on 1 April, a crew of 250 workers on the Frankston line has already prepared signalling equipment and utilities for the Carrum level crossing removal.
Metro Tunnel crews in South Yarra will pour 400 cubic metres of concrete to build the roof for the tunnel entrance, remove and reinstate 800 metres of track, and install 3,500 metres of overhead wire.
The autumn closures will also allow for major power and signalling improvements, significant upgrades on the Ballarat line and more level crossing removal works in Carrum and Reservoir.