So, your commute to work is going to be a little tough in April.
Due to the imminent Metro Tunnel works, nine railway lines into Melbourne will be closed for more than three weeks. That’s going to affect more than 1.5 million commuters.
Lines affected include Cranbourne, Pakenham, Gippsland, Frankston, Sandringham, Mernda, as well as the Geelong/Warrnambool line. The only lines to run through Richmond Station over the April 1 to April 23 period will be the eastern lines to Alamein, Belgrave, and Lilydale. Glen Waverley trains will also not run on certain occasions throughout the period.
It’s all due to the works happening in South Yarra at the moment which will give way to the entrance to the tunnel. The Metro Tunnel once it opens will feature stations at the War Memorial (Anzac), Town Hall, State Library, Parkville, and North Melbourne (the current North Melbourne station will be renamed to West Melbourne).
The disruption will also affect the first three rounds of the upcoming AFL season with Richmond Station being closed.
Premier Daniel Andrews has advised that commuters should allow an extra hour of travel time during the period.
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