Major works on south-eastern lines in January

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To prepare Melbourne's train network for Metro Tunnel services in 2025, critical upgrades and track realignment works will take place on several train lines in the south east in January.

No trains will run through Caulfield Station between 4 January and 27 January, with trains returning to the lines from the first service on 28 January.

During the works, crews will separate the Frankston Line and Cranbourne/Pakenham Line at Caulfield Junction, eliminating unnecessary train crossover to allow for future Metro Tunnel services every 2 to 3 minutes at Caulfield Station.

Buses will replace trains on sections of the Cranbourne, Pakenham, Frankston, Stony Point, Sandringham and Gippsland lines during this time.

Impacted train lines – Wednesday 4 to Friday 27 January 2023:

  • Cranbourne/Pakenham Line: Buses replace trains between Flinders Street Station and Westall Station for the entire period, extending to Dandenong Station from 4 January to 13 January.
  • Frankston Line: Buses replace trains between Flinders Street Station and Moorabbin Station for the entire period, extending to Mordialloc Station on 8 January and 22 January. There will also be replacement services on the Stony Point Line.
  • Sandringham Line: Buses replace trains from 9 to 11 January, from 8.30pm each night.
  • Gippsland Line: Coaches replace regional trains for the entire period and continuing until 31 January due to Gippsland Line Upgrade works and V/Line driver training.
  • Parking at Caulfield Station: To safely and effectively deliver these upgrades, all 84 commuter carparks will be closed at Caulfield Station. A further 193 on-street carparks will be closed near Caulfield Station.

To plan your journey, visit Public Transport Victoria.

While buses replace trains in the south east in January, other critical network upgrades will take place between Richmond and Dandenong. These works include:

  • installing new track, sleepers, overhead structures, ballast and drainage
  • connecting the new South Yarra substation to the rail network to deliver the power needed to drive the Metro Tunnel’s new High Capacity Metro Trains
  • installing signalling infrastructure for the new High Capacity Signalling (HCS) system
  • switching on and testing the High Capacity Signalling system’s reliability and performance between South Yarra and Clayton.

More detailed information on these works is available at Works on the south eastern lines.

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