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Victoria’s Big Build to continue through winter

This winter Victoria‘s Big Build works progress on major rail projects, including removing level crossings and opening new stations that will keep Victorians moving for decades to come.

Inner Melbourne

The Metro Tunnel is progressing towards opening next year, with critical testing of signalling, systems and operations continuing through winter. While construction on stations continues alongside testing, some roads, lanes and footpaths will be closed in the city with detours in place.

Yarra Trams will be doing maintenance work in winter on routes 30, 35 and 86with no trams between Melbourne Central and Central Pier from Friday 12 July to Saturday 27 July; on routes 30 and 35between Elizabeth Street and Nicholson Street from Sunday 16 August to Friday 30 August; and on routes 1, 3, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67 and 72 between Melbourne Central and Lincoln Square from Friday 26 July to Saturday 17 August.

While these works take place, La Trobe Street will be closed to traffic in both directions between Harbour Esplanade and Queen Street from Friday 12 July to Saturday 27 July and in both directions between Queen and Nicholson streets from Friday 16 August to Friday 30 August. Swanston Street will also be closed in both directions between Victoria and Franklin streets from Friday 26 July to Saturday 17 August.

Image/Victoria’s Big Build

Yarra Trams maintenance works will also take place in the city on routes 19, 57 and 59, with no trams between Flinders Street Station and Queen Victoria Market from Friday 30 August to Monday 16 September. During this time, Victoria Street will be closed to traffic in both directions between Therry and Peel streets, and Elizabeth Street will be closed to traffic in both directions between Therry and Queensberry streets.

Melbourne’s west

Metro Tunnel testing will mean buses replace trains from North Melbourne to Sunshine stations on the Sunbury Line on weekends in mid June and late July.

Yarra Trams maintenance work to replace tracks and upgrade poles and powerlines means buses will replace trams on Route 82 between Moonee Ponds and Footscray Station and on Route 57 between Sandown Road and Central Park Avenue from Friday 28 June to Monday 15 July. Maribyrnong Road will be closed during this time between Union Road and Navigator Street.

Melbourne’s east

New stations at Ringwood East and Croydon will open this year and the Lilydale Line will become Melbourne’s first boom-gate-free train line in early July. Major construction also continues to remove the Dublin Road and Coolstore Road level crossings.

While this work is completed, buses will replace trains between Ringwood and Lilydale on the Belgrave and Lilydale lines between late May and early July.

Construction of Suburban Rail Loop is also continuing, with crews working across all six station locations between Cheltenham and Box Hill, and at the Heatherton train stabling facility site. To get this work done, some lanes and roads will be closed on Whitehorse Road and Station Street in Box Hill and the Burwood Highway in Burwood.

Melbourne’s south east

This winter, new train stations will open in East Pakenham, Pakenham and Parkdale. Pakenham will be level crossing free, and boom gates will also go at Warrigal Road, Mentone and Parkers Road, Parkdale. While this work continues, buses will replace trains at times in July and August on sections of the Frankston and Stony Point lines.

Metro Tunnel Project train testing will mean buses replace trains on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines between Caulfield and Westall on some weekends in June and July. Affected passengers can change at Caulfield for Frankston Line trains to the city.

Suburban Rail Loop construction continues and some lanes and roads will be closed between June and August, including overnight closures on Dingley Bypass in Heatherton and lanes closed on the Nepean Highway in Highett.