Gippsland line passengers urged to plan ahead
Buses will replace trains on the Gippsland line for more than two weeks from tomorrow.
Public transport minister Melissa Horne said a mix of express and semi-express buses will operate from Gippsland while a construction blitz is undertaken in the suburbs.
Construction teams will work around the clock to upgrade metropolitan lines shared by Gippsland trains between tomorrow and 23 April, as part of the state-wide Autumn transport blitz, with free travel to be offered during the entire period.
Power, signalling and station upgrades take place along the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines ahead of new High Capacity Metro Trains entering service later this year.
The upgrades will improve train reliability, including for Gippsland passengers as they travel along these lines. Metro Tunnel construction teams will also be working 24/7 to unearth the tunnel’s South Yarra entrance as part of the construction blitz.
Gippsland line passengers are encouraged to allow up to 90 minutes extra travel time when travelling to Melbourne during this time. These works have been timed to coincide with the Easter holiday period to lessen the impact on passengers, however people are still strongly encouraged to plan ahead.