|Passengers on Victoria’s public transport network are encouraged to plan ahead for the March Labour Day long weekend as work continues on the Toorak Road level crossing removal, Sunbury Line Upgrade and general rail maintenance.
Over the long weekend, buses will replace trains on parts of five metropolitan train lines, some regional trains will be replaced by coaches and there will be various road closures due to the Moomba festivities.
Buses will replace Glen Waverley line trains between Richmond and Glen Waverley stations from 8pm on Friday, 6 March until last train on Monday, 9 March for line maintenance and for work to continue on the new rail bridge that will remove the Toorak Road level crossing. The crossing will be gone and traffic able to flow freely when the rail bridge opens in April.
Alamein, Belgrave and Lilydale line trains will be replaced by buses between Parliament and Camberwell station from 8pm on Friday, 6 March until last service on Monday, 9 March as crews deliver track and platform renewal works. Trains will continue to operate between Camberwell and Alamein, Belgrave and Lilydale.
Sunbury Line Upgrade works, which will enable more modern trains to run more often on the line, will result in buses replacing trains between North Melbourne and Sunshine from 8.30pm on Friday 6 March to 12.45am on Sunday 8 March, and from 12.45am through to the last service on Sunday 8 March between North Melbourne and Sunbury.
While these works are taking place, Bendigo, Echuca and Swan Hill services will be replaced by coaches for part or all of Sunday 8 March. Some select trains on the Bendigo, Ballarat and Geelong lines will also be replaced by coaches across the weekend.
Beginning Saturday, 7 March coaches will replace trains on the Shepparton and Seymour lines between Southern Cross and Shepparton for 21 days, with rail foundation works, track replacements and signal upgrades carried out.
Replacement buses will help passengers travelling to major events across the city, including Moomba, the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup at the MCG, the Ultra music festival at Flemington Racecourse and the Melbourne Fashion Festival.
On the roads, there will be a number of road closures in place in the Southbank area across the weekend due to the Moomba Festival. Boathouse Drive will be closed in both directions west of Alexandra Avenue until midnight Monday 9 March.
Lanes will be closed on St Kilda Road, between Flinders Street and Linlithgow Avenue from 6am on Saturday, 7 March, followed by a full closure from 9pm on Saturday until 11pm on Monday, 9 March.