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LATE-night train passengers will be hit by severe disruptions to speed up work on the troubled Spencer St station redevelopment
No trains will travel through the station after 10 o'clock on weeknights beginning in late November.
The Upfield line will be shut down after 10pm and Werribee line passengers will have to take a train from Footscray.
Only Broadmeadows and Sydenham line trains will run through the City Loop.
Outer-suburban and country services operated by V/Line are already disrupted by the redevelopment.
The early shut down is designed to give developer Civic Nexus more time to install the station's distinctive roof.
It follows outbursts by Leighton Holdings' chief executive, Wal King, who has blamed the State Government, Connex and V/Line for his company's woes at Spencer St.
Mr King has already lost $110 million on the project and the construction giant has threatened to sue the State Government to recover some of it. He branded the $700 million project "Treasure Island" because it was a source of enrichment at his company's expense.
Transport Minister Peter Batchelor said the service disruption was inevitable.
"Currently, Civic Nexus has to wait until after the last train of the night has run before it can begin building the wave roof over suburban platforms," Mr Batchelor said.
"The new agreement will provide Civic Nexus an extra two hours a night to extend its building program."
From November 29:
UPFIELD passengers should get the Broadmeadows train to North Melbourne and catch a replacement bus.
WERRIBEE and Williamstown passengers will need to get the Sydenham line to Footscray for a connecting service.
MOST suburban services will run directly from Flinders St, bypassing the City Loop.
Connex will run buses every five minutes from Flinders St to Spencer St, Flagstaff, Melbourne Central, Parliament and then back to Flinders St.
Extra customer service staff will be at all city stations to direct passengers to their destination.
Services will resume as normal in the morning.
The disruption will continue until December 17, and will start again on January 24 next year -- until further notice.
V/Line services will not be affected by the 10pm shutdown.
More information from Metlink on 131 638, or at www
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