Multiple Melbourne train lines set to temporarily close over three weeks

Oh boy.

Get ready for some public transport acrobatics, as a bunch of Melbourne train lines will be replaced by buses a some point throughout the majority of April. Some of the works are expected to add up to an hour of travel time.

The Victorian Government has revealed that buses will be replacing the Cranbourne, Pakenham, Frankston and Sandringham train lines for periods between Monday April 1 and Tuesday April 23. The Glen Waverley, Mernda, Gippsland and Geelong/Warrnambool lines will also be replaced by buses during this period.

To compensate, Gippsland passengers will receive free travel during this period, and trips to the MCG will be covered by the free tram zone.

In a statement, Victorian premier Daniel Andrews said the works were unfortunately necessary to finish the next stage of the massive Metro tunnel construction works, in addition to level crossing removals and upgrades along the Ballarat line.

“Whether it’s removing level crossings, getting on with the Metro Tunnel or upgrading regional rail lines – we thank passengers for their patience as we get on with these essential works,” Andrews said.