Transport network impacts after earthquake

Following a magnitude 6.0 earthquake impacting all areas of the state, the Victorian transport network remains safe with limited impacts to travel.

Inspections are underway across the transport network with engineers assessing any potential damage to metropolitan and regional roads, bridges and culverts – similar inspections are underway across the public transport system.

On the road network, due to power failures, up to 90 sets of traffic lights were offline. Services have been restored and traffic lights are operating normally around the network.

It is possible that more power and communication disruptions will occur.

Motorists travelling for one of the permitted reasons are reminded that if they encounter an intersection where the traffic lights are not working, they must follow the same give way rules as they would at an intersection that has a stop or give way sign or line.

The tram network may experience minor delays due to potential earthquake damage reported at the building that house the tram control centre. Operators have moved to a contingency location, delays, if any, are expected to be minimal across the tram network.

Due to earthquake damage in Chapel Street, South Yarra, Route 78 trams are not running between Stop 50 Chapel Street/Duke Street South Yarra, and Stop 36 Chapel Street/Brighton Road, Balaclava. Passengers may consider trains from South Yarra Station as an alternative.

Metro Trains continue to run as normal, with all services running to time.

On the V/Line network, coaches continue to replace the majority of V/Line services due to driver availability.

Trains on the Seymour and Gippsland lines have been stopped while crews carry out track inspections.

All other V/Line train services operating on the Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong lines are running at 80km/h while any potential damage is assessed. Coaches will replace locomotives on some journeys.