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METRO passengers have been warned to expect major delays this week when a six-day maintenance blitz in Melbourne’s east takes trains out of action.
From 8.30pm on Thursday until the last service on December 5, buses will replace trains between Parliament and Camberwell stations for the Belgrave, Lilydale and Alamein lines.
The Glen Waverley line will also be impacted, with buses to replace trains between Darling and Richmond stations over the same period.
Passengers have been told the trackwork will add between 40 and 70 minutes to their journeys, including peak-hour services.
The $42 million project, which replaces infrastructure dating back to the 1920s, will be the first in a massive pipeline of road and rail work set to bring more disruptions this summer.
Major delays are in store for travellers commuting to and from Melbourne’s east this week. Picture: David CroslingMinister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said the government was delivering on vital improvements to the state’s public transport system.
“We’ll have 200 workers delivering much needed upgrades around the clock to upgrade decades-old signalling infrastructure between Richmond and Camberwell,” she said.
“Under this Labor government — we’re building more trains, removing dangerous level crossings and delivering the biggest pipeline of projects ever seen to get people where they need to go, sooner.”
Public Transport Victoria CEO Jeroen Weimar encouraged people to plan ahead and look online for changes to services.
“We understand this will be frustrating for passengers, but these works are a crucial part of ensuring we can deliver a reliable service in the long-term for passengers on one of the busiest corridors on our network,” he said.
PTV chief Jeroen Weimar, with transport minister Jacinta Allan, has urged commuters to plan ahead. Picture: Lawrence Pinder
It comes before the Andrews Government tomorrow announces new plans to fast-track the upgrade of the Hurstbridge line, impacting services and adding delays on to roads in Melbourne’s northeast.
From the middle of March next year, workers will use a 44-day construction window to bring forward the opening of a new Rosanna station and remove two level crossings six months ahead of schedule.
Buses will replace trains at key periods and will be accompanied by road closures and detours in surrounding streets.
An excavator will also work around the clock to excavate a tunnel under Darebin St in Heidelberg, shifting more than 3,200 cubic metres of earth to hold a new section of track.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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