Train and tram disruptions this spring

Melbourne and Victoria are growing, and to keep people moving, we are expanding and modernising the transport network to make travel easier.

That’s why we’re delivering important works on the rail network across Victoria this spring to prepare for the Metro Tunnel.

The Metro Tunnel will provide space on the rail network for over half a million extra trips to and from the suburbs during peak periods each week and reduce travel times by up to 50 minutes a day. It will also help take cars off our busy roads. 

Across late September and October, buses will replace trains at various times on the Cranbourne and Pakenham, Sunbury, Werribee and Williamstown lines.

Trams on St Kilda Road, Flinders Street and Plenty Road will also be replaced by buses at selected times.

On the regional train network, coaches will replace trains on parts of the Ballarat, Bendigo, Gippsland, Geelong and Warrnambool lines.

Gippsland line passengers who have been most impacted by upgrades along Melbourne’s busiest train line will again receive free travel on coach replacement services during this time. 

There will be a range of other smaller disruptions for essential maintenance works across the network, plan ahead before you travel.

We encourage you to plan ahead to avoid long delays, allow more time for your journey and consider alternatives if you can during the works.

Please be aware there may also be more people using the roads, or an alternative line or route, if their usual journey is disrupted.

More information on bus replacements and timetables will be available in the coming weeks.

For information on all current and upcoming disruptions across the network, visit