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Industrial action affecting metropolitan trams between 10am and 2pm on Friday 30 August 2019

23 Aug 2019

Due to protected industrial action, metropolitan tram services will not operate between 10am and 2pm on Friday 30 August 2019.

During this time, passengers are advised to plan ahead and consider seeking alternative modes of transport before traveling. Services are expected to be significantly disrupted from 9am up to 3pm

A replacement bus service will run; however, this will be very limited and will not service all the tram network. Significant delays are expected for passengers using this service. You can download the tram replacement bus map to find out where these services will run.

Metropolitan trains, buses and V/Line are not affected during this time and will operate as normal; however, we do expect these services to be busier than usual.

Alternative travel options

Travelling within the CBD, Free Tram Zone or surrounding areas

Getting to key CBD/inner city destinations

To/from north or south-eastern suburbs

To/from north-western suburbs

To/from south or north-eastern suburbs

Travelling within the CBD, Free Tram Zone or surrounding areas

  • City Loop trains
  • High frequency buses operate along:
    - Lonsdale Street between Spencer Street and Spring Street/Victoria Parade
    - Queen Street between Flinders Street and Queen Victoria Market
  • Taxis and other rideshare services
  • Melbourne bike share. Bike hire docks are located across the city.

Travelling within the CBD, Free Tram Zone or surrounding areas

Travelling within the CBD, Free Tram Zone or surrounding areas
Tram route Alternative travel options
Route 30/Route 35
  • Train lines: City Loop
  • Normal buses: Smartbus routes along Lonsdale St and Victoria Pde
  • Route 96 tram replacement buses along La Trobe St

Getting to key CBD/inner city destinations

Getting to key CBD/inner city destinations
Destination Alternative
Melbourne University Route 1/6 replacement buses
200/207 buses between Lonsdale Street and Faraday St/Lygon Street

Royal Melbourne Hospital 

Route 57/59 tram replacement buses or Route 401 buses from North Melbourne Station
Royal Women's Hospital
Royal Children's Hospital Route 57/59 tram replacement buses
Alfred Hospital

St Kilda Rd tram replacement buses

216, 219, 220 between Alfred Hospital and south eastern suburbs
St Vincent's Hospital

Route 109 replacement buses or Route 96 replacement buses

Smartbus routes along Lonsdale Street and Victoria Parade

Victoria Gardens

Route 109 tram replacement buses

Chapel Street Shopping Precinct

Trains to South Yarra, Prahran or Windsor Station

RMIT City Swanston Street Campus

Trains to Melbourne Central Station

RMIT Brunswick Campus

Trains to Jewell Station

South Wharf Docklands

Route 12 Bus replacement

Footscray Market

Trains to Footscray Station or 216, 219 & 220 buses along Queen Street

Caulfield Racecourse

Trains to Caulfield Station

St Kilda Beach

Route 12 tram replacement buses and 606 buses

Port Melbourne Station/Pier

236 buses along Queen Street

To/from north or south-eastern suburbs

Table summary

To/from north or south-eastern suburbs
Tram route Alternative travel options
Route 1/Route 6
(North)
  • Train lines: Upfield
  • Normal buses: 250 or 251 between City & Carlton along Rathdowne Street & Brunswick Road
  • Tram replacement buses: Between Melbourne University and East Coburg every 20 minutes
Route 1 
(South)
  • Normal buses: 236 between the City & South Melbourne
  • Route 12 tram replacement buses between the City & South Melbourne every 20 minutes
Route 6 
(South)
  • Train lines: Sandringham, Cranbourne, Pakenham, Frankston, Glen Waverley
  • Normal buses: 605 between the City & Toorak along Grange/Orrong Roads
  • Tram replacement buses: Between Arts Precinct & Glenferrie Road/High Street every 20 minutes
Route 3/Route 16
  • Train lines: Alamein, Belgrave, Lilydale or Glen Waverley, Sandringham, Cranbourne, Pakenham, Frankston
  • Normal buses: 
    - 246 between Richmond Station & St Kilda along Punt Rd & Barkly St,
    - 605 between City & Armadale/Caulfield North along Kooyong Rd,
    - 623 between St Kilda & Carnegie along Glen Eira Rd.
  • Tram replacement buses:
    - Between Arts Precinct & Brighton Rd/Carlise St via St Kilda Rd every 15 minutes (St Kilda customers connect with 623 buses at Carlisle St),
    - Between Arts Precinct & Malvern Station, via St Kilda Rd, Alfred Hospital/Commercial Rd, Punt RD, High St and Glenferrie Rd
Route 5/Route 64/Route 67
  • Train lines: Sandringham, Cranbourne, Pakenham, Frankston
  • Normal buses:
    - 246 between Richmond Station & Elsternwick along Punt Rd,
    - 605 between City & Caulfield North along Kooyong Rd,
    - 623 between St Kilda & Carnegie along Glen Eira Rd,
    - 624 between Caulfield & Carnegie along Neerim Rd
  • Tram replacement buses: Between Arts Precinct & Chapel Street/Brighton Road every 15 minutes
Route 6/Route 72
  • Train lines: Alamein, Belgrave, Lilydale or Glen Waverley, Sandringham, Cranbourne, Pakenham, Frankston
  • Normal buses:
    - 246 between Richmond Station & Prahran along Punt Rd,
    - 605 between City & Armadale along Kooyong Rd.
  • Tram replacement buses: Between Arts Precinct and Alfred Hospital via St Kilda Rd

To/from north-western suburbs

Table summary

To/from north-western suburbs
Tram route Alternative travel options
Route 19/Route 58/Route 57/Route 59/Route 82
  • Train lines: Upfield, Craigieburn, Werribee, Williamstown, Sunbury
  • Normal buses:
    - 401 between North Melbourne Station & Flemington Rd,
    - 402 between East Melbourne/Newmarket & Flemington Rd,
    - 223 or 406 between Footscray Station & West Maribyrnong,
    - 468 between Essendon Station & Highpoint,
    - 472 between Footscray Station & Moonee Ponds via Ascot Vale,
    - 476 or 483 between Moonee Ponds & Niddrie along Mt Alexander Rd,
    - 477 between Moonee Ponds & Airport West along Mt Alexander Rd & Mathews Av 
  • Tram replacement buses: Between Melbourne Central Station & Highpoint Shopping Centre via Flemington Rd, Mt Alexander Rd and Maribyrnong Rd every 30 minutes

To/from south or north-eastern suburbs

Table summary

To/from south or north-eastern suburbs
Tram route Alternative travel options
Route 11/Route 86/Route 96
  • Train lines: South Morang or Hurstbridge
  • Normal buses: 
    - 200, 207 between City & Fitzroy/Collingwood along Johnson St,
    - 250, 251 between City & Clifton Hill/Northcote along Rathdowne St & Brunswick Rd 562, 566 along Plenty Rd
  • Tram replacement buses:
    - Between Northcote Station & Bundoora RMIT every 30 minutes
    - Between La Trobe St and East Brunswick via La Trobe St, Rathdowne St and Nicholson St
Route 48/Route 109
  • Train lines: Alamein, Belgrave, Lilydale, South Morang or Hurstbridge
  • Normal buses:
    - 200, 207 between the City & Kew,
    - SmartBuses between the City & North Richmond along Lonsdale St & Victoria Pde
  • Tram replacement buses: Between St Vincent’s Plaza & Box Hill via Victoria St or between Russell St/Flinders St & Hawthorn Bridge via Bridge Rd every 30 minutes 
Route 12/Route 96/route 109
  • Normal buses: 
    - 234, 235, 236 between the City & South Melbourne/Port Melbourne,
    - 606 between South Melbourne/Port Melbourne & St Kilda
  • Tram replacement buses: Between Docklands & Luna Park via Docklands Drive, Spencer St Clarendon St, Albert Rd, Park St and Fitzroy St every 20 minutes.
Route 70/Route 75
  • Train lines: Alamein, Belgrave, Lilydale, Glen Waverley, South Morang or Hurstbridge
  • Normal buses:
    - 612 between Camberwell Junction & Box Hill,
    - 903 between Warrigal Rd & Box Hill,
    - 732 between Station St & Vermont South along Burwood Hwy
  • Tram replacement buses: Riversdale Station & Wattle Park or Burwood every 6-12 minutes

Tram replacement buses will be unable to use accessible stops but will endeavour to stop as close as possible at nearby tram/bus stops or other locations near the footpath. At train stations, buses may use train replacement bus stops.

Tips to plan ahead

  • Use our Journey planner to find possible alternative travel options. Choose your departure point and destination, then click Journey preferences. Uncheck the tram option and click Apply. You will then be shown travel options that do not include trams.
  • If you can, travel before 10am and after 2pm when we expect it to be busy on trains and buses.
  • Take advantage of the Early Bird fare. Touch on and off before 7.15am and your metropolitan train travel is free.
  • If possible, work from home or from another office or location closer to home.
  • Consider walking, cycling, taxi, rideshare or car share services if you can. See below for more details on these options.
  • Roads are expected to be busy. Check VicTraffic for real-time traffic conditions and Google maps to help with directions..
  • If you do need to drive, consider carpooling with colleagues, family and friends and neighbours.

Driving

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Traffic updates - VicRoads

Information on travel times and road works, the types of roads in Victoria and who manages them and advice on alternative ways to get from A to B.

Taxi Services

Information on how to catch a taxi, taxi company booking numbers, tips for taxi travel and fares.

Accessible taxi services

Travelling with specific access needs including information on booking wheelchair accessible taxis.

Carshare

Information on car sharing including contact details on Melbourne's five car sharing operators.

Cycling and walking

Route maps

List of metropolitan and regional councils which provide detailed cycling and walking maps throughout Victoria.

Melbourne bike share

Information on hiring a bike to get around Melbourne and a list of bike stations and bike docks.

Passengers are encouraged to continue to check this website before travelling for up-to-date information.

We apologise for the inconvenience that the industrial action will cause and thank you for your patience during any disruption you experience.