Wild weather affects roads and public transport

Victorians are reminded to avoid unnecessary travel today due to the changing weather situation and the impacts on roads and public transport across the state.

V/Line services are suspended on the Traralgon Line between Traralgon and Bairnsdale due to flooding. Services are resuming on the Ballarat Line between Ballan and Ballarat, following an earlier power issue.

On the metropolitan train network, buses continue to replace trains on the Lilydale Line between Ringwood and Lilydale after a tree damaged overhead wires. Passengers should allow up to 25 minutes extra for their journey. Services have now resumed on the Stony Point and Cranbourne lines.

Motorists are advised to avoid the Yarra Ranges and Dandenong Ranges with multiple trees down across roads and power outages.

Major road closures in greater Melbourne include the Black Spur between Healesville and Narbethong, the Moorooduc Highway in Moorooduc and the Maroondah Highway in Coldstream.

There are also numerous road closures around suburban Melbourne, due to fallen trees and fallen power lines. Drivers need to remain alert when behind the wheel, allow plenty of extra travel time and follow the direction of emergency services.

Swan Street, Richmond is closed to traffic between Madden Grove and Bendigo Street after a fallen tree damaged overhead power lines. Trams no Route 70 are diverting via Bridge Road along Route 75.

Major road closures in Gippsland include the Great Alpine Road between Bruthen and Ensay due to a landslip, Traralgon-Maffra Road in Heyfield, the Princes Highway between Stratford and Bairnsdale, Stratford-Maffra Road between Stratford and Maffra, and many local roads in Traralgon.

It is never safe to enter floodwater. If motorists encounter flooding, they should turn around and find an alternative route.

Power outages have affected many parts of the state and have blacked out traffic lights in suburbs including in Mount Evelyn, Croydon, Burnley, Chirnside Park, Mooroolbark, Lilydale, Ringwood, Warrandyte and Nunawading. Drivers should treat the intersection like they would a Stop of Give Way sign.

We ask drivers to check the VicTraffic mobile app or website before travelling for updates on road closures and hazards. Members of public can report on-road hazards to the Transport Operations Centre on 13 11 70 (open 24/7).

Victorians are allowed to move beyond the current travel limits to escape an emergency situation, regardless of current Covid restrictions.

Real-time traffic conditions are available at traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au or via the VicTraffic mobile app. The latest public transport information and network status is available at ptv.vic.gov.au or in the PTV mobile app.