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MELBURNIANS are being warned of widespread road and rail disruptions as a major construction “blitz” hits during the school holidays.
The state government has revealed plans for works on most train routes, including track closures on the Pakenham, Frankston, Hurstbridge, Williamstown, Craigieburn and Hurstbridge lines.
There will also be construction on the Western Ring Road, CityLink, West Gate Freeway and at a number of points on the Monash Freeway.
Construction on the West Gate Freeway will also add to the traffic chaos. Picture: Nicole Garmston
Shoppers leaving Essendon DFO have been warned to leave an extra 30 minutes, with the Bulla Road Bridge closed between October 2 and 20.
But Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said the full train network would operate during the footy finals.
“We have a very sensitive eye to the calendar and the major events that are on and, of course, the AFL footy finals is possibly the biggest of them all,” she said.
“It’ll be even bigger if Richmond make the grand final.
“We’ve been really sensitive around making sure we have the network running for the AFL grand final and the days preceding into that.”
Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan. Picture: Lawrence PinderTwo major arterial roads will also be affected by Melbourne Metro works during the school holidays.
Both Royal Parade and St Kilda Rd will be reduced to one city-bound lane.
The announcement of the major disruptions comes on National Nightmare Commute Day.
But Ms Allan said the works had been scheduled to capitalise on the quieter school holiday period.
The government ran a similar two-week blitz during the winter break.
“This is all designed with a focus on getting our projects done as quickly as we possibly can and minimising disruption as much as possible,” she said.
“There’s a lot going on around our network and there’s a lot going on around our state.
A map of road and rail construction scheduled for the September-October school holidays. Picture: SuppliedRoads Minister Luke Donnellan urged drivers and commuters to plan ahead.
“Across the state, there are extensive amounts of work going on,” he said.
“I understand it’s frustrating for people but, let me be clear, it would be a lot more frustrating to people to have this state come to a standstill because we didn’t do this work.
“If we don’t do this work now, I can assure you that just as God made little pigs, people will be furious if we come to a standstill.”
For full works and to plan your journey, visit vicroads.vic.gov.au.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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