Road and rail disruptions planned this summer

A record construction program will be carried out on some of the biggest transport projects in Victoria's history, with works scheduled from December to February.

The quieter months will allow construction to intensify on the Metro Tunnel, the West Gate Tunnel, level crossing removals, the Western Road Upgrade, and other transport projects.

Due to Metro Tunnel works in January, sections of the Cranbourne and Pakenham, Frankston and Sandringham lines will be closed.

Works to remove dangerous and congested level crossings will also progress over summer, with construction continuing at Reservoir, Toorak Road, Carrum, Cheltenham, Mentone, Lyndhurst and Pakenham.

In Melbourne’s west, ramps across the West Gate Freeway will be closed and rebuilt in January and February to make way for widening of the West Gate Freeway from eight to 12 lanes.

Intersection and road upgrades will also be completed in Laverton, Kingsville and Altona as part of the $1.8 billion Western Roads Upgrade. Final dates for these works will be confirmed ahead of works beginning.

As works on these much-needed projects continue, significant delays are expected across the transport network, particularly in Melbourne’s west.

The Metro Tunnel disruptions will coincide with the first week of the Australian Open.  Direct buses will be provided to the tennis and the Victorian Government continues to work closely with Tennis Australia to get fans to and from the tennis as efficiently as possible.

Detail of the impact for each disruption will be made available ahead of time, and real time information on delays will be provided during each disruption. Victorians are encouraged to plan ahead and allow extra travel time.

For more information about the planned disruptions over summer, visit bigbuild.vic.gov.au.