Frankston line delays due to track work, with buses replacing Metro Trains for 37 days
Frankston line delays due to track work, with buses replacing Metro Trains for 37 days :Train commuters on Melbourne’s Frankston Line are being warned to plan for longer travel times, with a section of the track set to close for more than a month.
Buses will replace trains between Caulfield and Moorabbin stations for 37 days from 9:00pm this Friday.
Jeroen Weimar, acting chief executive of Public Transport Victoria (PTV), said the shutdown would allow workers to “finally complete” the removal of three level crossings at North Road, McKinnon Road and Centre Road.
The Metro Trains website warns passengers the disruption could increase journeys on the line by up to 45 minutes.
“It’s a really big challenge for all of our regular passengers on the Frankston line,” Mr Weimar told 774 ABC Melbourne’s Jon Faine.
“If you’re travelling in the morning peak, I would probably allow about 30 to 40 additional minutes.”
AFL fans among first affected
Mr Weimar said more than 70 buses would be “working non-stop” to carry passengers between Caulfield and Moorabbin.
Football fans will be among the first people to be affected by the line closure.
Frankston line passengers attending the AFL match between Collingwood and Fremantle at the MCG on Friday night will be able to train to the game but will need to use the rail replacement buses to get home.
Mr Weimar said extra buses were being timetabled for Friday nights to cope with footy crowds.
Decision taken to ‘smash it out’
The planned works will sink the train line underground at the three level crossings to allow their removal.
Ormond, Bentleigh and McKinnon stations will be rebuilt to accommodate the change, with the new stations to open in late August and September.
The works are part of a State Government project to remove 50 level crossings across the city.
Mr Weimar said the length of the line closure was “a big ask” of Frankston line passengers but said it would allow the work to be completed more quickly.
“The decision we had to make was … do we take two or three years to do this work and continue to disrupt your journeys, or do we go in there and just smash it out in five weeks?
“We took the view that on balance it was better just to get in there and get the work done.”
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