Public Transport Suspended - Saturday 18 September

25 August 2021

At the request of Victoria Police, public transport will not run through the CBD on Saturday 18 September 2021.

This will impact all forms of transport, including metropolitan and regional train services, trams and buses from 8am until 2pm.  

Metropolitan train services will terminate at suburban stations, where they can safely and effectively turn around and continue to provide services away from the city.

Tram and bus routes into the city will terminate at stops some distance from the CBD boundary and turn around. Some routes will not run at all, while others will run to a reduced timetable.

Major road closures on thoroughfares into the CBD will also be in place. Access will only be granted at roadblocks to those travelling for essential work, healthcare or to attend a vaccination appointment.

Significant delays are expected on roads leading to the CBD.

Those conducting authorised travel are urged to allow plenty of extra time for their journeys and must carry identification and proof of their reason for travel such as an authorised worker permit, or vaccination booking confirmation.

Tram and bus services terminate closer to the CBD and are the best option for authorised travellers able to complete to their journey on foot.

As a last resort safety net for authorised travellers, two shuttle buses per hour will run from the nine suburban railway stations where trains terminate (see for full details) to key drop-off points in and around the CBD. Passengers will be required to complete their journey by walking to their location from the CBD drop off points.

Victoria Police officers and PSOs will be checking proof of reasons for travel prior to boarding shuttle buses.

Services will resume from 2pm onward, however it is expected to take some time to resume the regular timetable.

We understand that this will be inconvenient and will cause disruption to a large number of people. However, the health and safety of the Victorian community is paramount, so we ask people to do the right thing and only travel for the permitted reasons.

Information will continually be updated on the PTV website and PTV smartphone app, so we encourage everyone to regularly check to ensure they have the latest information. Real-time traffic conditions are available at or via the VicTraffic smartphone app.  

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