The Department of Transport has issued the following advice to Victorians: “If you can stay home, you must stay home.”
But if you must travel, public transport is operating as normal – apart from the planned disruptions outlined below – to enable essential travel.
Passengers may consider travelling outside of usual peak times in both the mornings and evenings on trains, trams and buses.
Increased cleaning measures have been rolled out across the transport network, with trams, trains and buses undergoing deep cleaning, including disinfecting high-touch surfaces such as door handles, stop buttons, handrails and grab straps.
Public transport staff will no longer be handling cash payments across the network to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Victoria’s massive transport infrastructure program will continue over the Autumn months with 119 major road and rail projects being rolled out across the state.
Summary of major disruptions: Roads
Cheltenham/Mentone level crossing removals: Park Road in Cheltenham is closed between Hall Street and the Cheltenham Park gate until Friday 24 April.
Western Roads Upgrade : Dohertys Road is closed on both sides of the Derrimut Road intersection until late April. Intersection upgrade. Detour via Tarneit Road, Leakes Road, Palmers Road and Boundary Road. Temporary signals installed at Derrimut Road and Boundary Road to improve safety, causing delays.
Western Roads Upgrade Reduction to one lane on all approaches at the corner of Derrimut and Sayers roads until late August. Intersection upgrades. With reduced lanes around the intersection, motorist should allow additional travel time.
Summary of major disruptions: Public Transport
V/Line maintenance: Coaches will replace trains nightly on the Ballarat line until Tuesday, 21 April. (Major maintenance and improvement works begin on the Ballarat line from 22 April). Track renewal and maintenance in the section of track shared by Ballarat, Geelong and Bendigo trains. Coaches will replace some evening trains between Southern Cross and Wendouree stations.
Passengers are advised to allow an additional 45 minutes travel time.
V/Line maintenance: Coaches will replace trains nightly on the Geelong line until Thursday, 23 April. Track renewal and maintenance in the section of track shared by Ballarat, Geelong and Bendigo trains. Coaches will replace some evening trains between Southern Cross and Waurn Ponds stations. Passengers are advised to allow an additional 45 minutes travel time.
V/Line maintenance: Coaches will replace trains nightly on the Bendigo line until Thursday, 23 April. Track renewal and maintenance in the section of track shared by Ballarat, Geelong and Bendigo trains, along with sleeper replacements on the Bendigo line. Coaches will replace some evening trains between Southern Cross and Bendigo/Eaglehawk/Epsom stations. Passengers are advised to allow an additional 45 minutes travel time.
Note: sleeper replacements are moving to a different section of the Bendigo line and a revised version of the temporary Bendigo line timetable will be in place from 15 April.
Maintenance works – Cranbourne and Pakenham lines: Cranbourne/Pakenham line trains will be replaced by buses between Westall, Cranbourne and Pakenham nightly until Wednesday, 15 April on the Cranbourne line and Thursday, 16 April on the Pakenham line. Maintenance works including graffiti and litter removal, drainage and level crossing renewal. Buses will replace trains form 8pm to last train each night. Please allow an extra 45 minutes travel time.
Maintenance works – affecting Gippsland line: Coaches will replace trains nightly on the Gippsland line until Wednesday 16 April due to works on the Pakenham line. Maintenance on the metropolitan network. Coaches will replace evening Gippsland line services for all or part of the journey. Passengers are advised to allow an additional 60 minutes travel time.
Level crossing removal: Buses will replace trains between North Melbourne and Craigieburn nightly tomorrow. Buses to replace trains from 8.20pm until last train. Passengers are advised to allow an additional 50 minutes travel time.
Level crossing removal works – affecting Seymour line: Coaches will replace Seymour line trains from 8pm to last service tomorrow due to works on the Craigieburn line.
Metropolitan works: Coaches to replace some evening trains between Southern Cross and Seymour. Passengers are advised to allow an additional 40 minutes travel time.
New train testing: On the Werribee line, buses will replace trains between Newport and Werribee from 10.50pm to last train each night until Thursday 16 April. Please allow an extra 40 minutes travel time.
Metro Tunnel works: On the Mernda line, buses will replace trains between Epping and Mernda from 8.50pm to last train each night until Thursday 16 April. Testing new signalling technology. Please allow an extra 30 minutes travel time. Buses will replace trains from 8.50pm until last train each night.
Maroondah Highway closes daily throughout April from Monday to Thursday between 9.30am and 3pm along the ‘Black Spur’ between Healesville and Narbethong for the removal of 98 trees and the pruning of 28 other trees. Motorists should detour via the Melba Highway to Yea, the Goulburn Valley Highway to Alexandra and the Maroondah Highway to Narbethong.
V/Line passengers on the Bendigo, Echuca and Swan Hill lines are encouraged to download a copy of a revised temporary timetable, which comes into effect from Wednesday, 15 April, as works progress to replace 48,000 sleepers.
Crews are currently working to replace sleepers on the section of track between Castlemaine and Bendigo and are about to move to the eastern track between Sunbury and Kyneton.
Speed restrictions are in place along sections of the line following the works to allow the new concrete sleepers time to bed down.
The revised temporary timetable is available at Vline.com.au or at a staffed station.
Major Yarra Tram maintenance works will begin on Route 86 along High Street, Northcote from Saturday 18 April to Monday 20 April.
Crews will work around the clock throughout late April and early May to deliver important maintenance and improvement works on the Ballarat, Ararat and Maryborough lines. Works include replacing and improving sections of track, renewing bridges and road surfaces, repairing the Melton Weir viaduct and replacing culverts.
Testing of bigger, better trains will continue on the Werribee, Pakenham lines and new signalling on the Mernda line throughout late April.
The Western Roads Upgrade will continue with motorists unable to turn right from Duncans Road, Werribee onto the Princes Highway inbound nightly from Friday, 17 April until Monday, 20 April.
Drainage works will take place on Lower Dandenong Road, Dingley Village with a full closure between Woodlands Drive and Howard Road from Friday 17 to Monday 20 April.