What You Need To Know About Melbourne’s Upcoming Tram Network Shutdown

By Ben Tyers
27th Aug 2019


It’s been an interesting couple of years for Melbourne commuters, with big network closures due to level crossing removals, and the threat of industrial action on the railway system this year—there hasn’t been much time to catch your breath and work out what’s actually running today.

Well, this Friday the attention turns to Melbourne’s tram network, with all metropolitan tram services not operating between 10am and 2pm on Friday 30 August.

It’s the middle of the day sure, but the expectation is that the strike will affect services between 9am and 3pm, so if you were planning on using the network to get around on Friday we’d highly recommend against it.

PTV has advised that there is a tram replacement bus, but given that it’s basically going to cover the whole Melbourne tram network, it’s fair to say that there won’t be much room on buses, and it may be unreliable. There’s a map of where the bus is running here.

It’s worth noting that this industrial action will not affect Melbourne’s train or bus network, and V/Line services will also be unaffected. There may, of course, be a knock-on effect given that trams are unavailable.

Read further information on the industrial action here.

The Details

What: Melbourne Tram Network Shutdown
When: Friday 30 August, 10am to 2pm
Where: The entire Melbourne tram network
For more information, click here.

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