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AustraliaDelays of up to 90 minutes as train upgrade works continue

05:51  05 july  2019
05:51  05 july  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Melbourne commuters have been told to expect lengthy delays as the government’s transport overhaul ploughs ahead. Buses will replace trains for part of the journey on several lines for the next two weeks and construction will impact travel time for footy fans heading to games for Rounds 16 and 17.

Delays of up to 90 minutes as train upgrade works continue© AAP Commuters are seen queuing during train delays in Melbourne. Melbourne commuters have been told to expect lengthy delays as the government’s transport overhaul ploughs ahead.

Buses will replace trains for part of the journey on several lines for the next two weeks and construction will impact travel time for footy fans heading to games for Rounds 16 and 17.

Passengers travelling on the Pakenham, Cranbourne and Frankston lines have been told to add an extra hour to their trip with buses replacing trains from the 6 to 12 of July between Flinders Street and Caulfield for Metro Tunnel works.

Frankston line passengers who normally use Carrum Station – which will be closed for level crossing removal from tomorrow - will need to take a shuttle bus to Seaford or Bonbeach stations until the competition of the upgrade in 2020.

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The delays are due to government’s ongoing upgrades to Victorian public transport networks. Buses will replace trains for part of the journey on several lines for the next two weeks and construction will impact travel time for footy fans heading to games for Rounds 16 and 17.

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Sandringham line travellers will also need to allow an extra 60 minutes for their commute with buses replacing trains from 6-7 and 13-14 of July between Flinders Street and Sandringham for Metro Tunnel works.

On the Hurstbridge line, buses will replace trains between Heidelberg and Hurstbridge from 8.40pm to the last train each night from Sunday 7 July to Wednesday 10 July with commuters told to allow an extra 30 minutes.

Delays of up to 90 minutes as train upgrade works continue© AAP Victorian premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan inspect the final life size model of Melbourne's new high capacity Metro train.

Drivers have also been urged to take care and plan ahead with the extra buses and motorist likely to increase traffic on to the Monash Freeway, Dandenong Road, Nepean Highway and Beach Road.

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However, major disruption is still expected between these stations and trains may still be cancelled or delayed by up to 90 minutes whilst service recovers. As a result Gatwick Express services are currently suspended as are Thameslink services that start and terminate at Gatwick Airport.

There were delays of at least 90 minutes between Reading and Paddington. Delays of 90 minutes are expected as all lines reopen to London Paddington. Earlier today Great Western Railway services were suspended in Berkshire after a person was hit by a train in Twyford.

Regional Trains

Coaches will replace trains for Gippsland line passengers along the Traralgon and Bairnsdale trains for the entire journey from Southern Cross Station from 6-14 July for Metro Tunnel works on the metro line. Passengers have been told to allow an extra 90 minutes for journeys in peak time.

While travellers on the Ballarat line will need to allow an extra 45 minutes for their journey with coaches replacing trains for the entire journey from Southern Cross to Ballarat and Wendouree until Sunday 7 July due to Ballarat Line Upgrade works.

Passengers are advised to check the PTV website or app before they travel for up to date travel times.

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