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Nine rail lines will be closed for more than three weeks in April affecting more than 1.5 million Melbourne commuters.
The lines will be closed from April 1 to 23, with buses replacing trains on the Cranbourne, Pakenham, Frankston, Sandringham, Mernda, Gippsland and Geelong/Warrnambool lines.
All rail lines passing through Richmond station will be shut over the three weeks, except for the Alamein, Belgrave, Lilydale lines. The Glen Waverley line will also be shut on some occasions.
The lines will all close during the construction blitz for the South Yarra entrance to the Metro Tunnel.
Passengers will have to allow for up to an hour extra travel time on their commutes,
Premier Daniel Andrews apologised for the disruption, describing it as “unprecedented”
“It’s of the biggest rail disruptions we’ve seen,” he said.
Mr Andrews said the rail shutdown was needed to do the work on the $10 billion project, which will create an extended underground rail network throughout the inner city.
Travel to AFL games at the MCG will also be disrupted during the first three weeks of April, as Richmond Station will be closed.
Lines are scheduled to reopen on Tuesday, April 23, after the Easter long weekend.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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