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Aircraft: No ramp access to platforms until late 2021 (pedestrian-underpass works).
Flinders St: still with a lane closed for tunnel works.
North Williamstown: Station closed until late 2021 (level-crossing removal).  A shuttle bus will operate Newport - Williamstown Beach, connecting with trains. There will be no access to station platforms or facilities during this time.
Mooroolbark: Station closed until late-2021 (level-crossing removal). A shuttle bus will operate Croydon - Mooroolbark - Lilydale, connecting with trains. There will be no access to station platforms or facilities during this time.
Edithvale/Chelsea/Bonbeach: Stations closed until late 2021 (level-crossing removal). A shuttle bus will operate Mordialloc - Carrum, connecting with trains. There will be no access to station platforms or facilities during this time.
The level crossings at Argyle Avenue, Bondi Road and Edithvale Road are closed until early October.  Chelsea Road is closed permanently. See http://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/projects/chelsea-road-chelsea
Until Wednesday 25 August the Royal Parade southbound service lane will be closed north of the Grattan Street intersection, adjacent to the Metro Tunnel Project site.   For more information on transport changes in this area, visit: https://metrotunnel.vic.gov.au/construction/parkville/changes-to-grattan-street
6.51 Major delays Frankston - Caulfield (a track fault near Edithvale). Trains may be altered or cancelled.
8.57 Buses will replace trains between Dandenong & Pakenham (an overhead fault). Buses ordered, ETA 60min.  Consider alternatives.
- 9.04 Buses ETA 45min. 
- 9.31 Buses are replacing trains, adding 45min.
- 14.45 repairs are underway, but trains are unlikely to recommence before 6.00 Wed.
Werribee/Williamstown lines: Buses replace trains North Melbourne - Newport/Williamstown from 20.40 until the last train (maintenance works).
Buses replace trains North Melbourne - Upfield from 20.45 until the last train (maintenance works).
Sandringham line: Buses replace trains Parliament - Elsternwick from 20.55 until the last train (maintenance works).
Sunbury/Craigieburn/Upfield lines: All trains terminate/originate at Southern Cross from 21.00 until the last train (maintenance works). From Flinders St, take a train from pfm 1, 2 or 3 to MSC [loop stations ignored].
Buses replace trains between Clifton Hill and Mernda from 21.00 until the last train each night, Monday 9 August to Thursday 12 August [posted on 16.8, so perhaps Mon.16 to Thurs.19?]
Pakenham/Cranbourne lines: From 21.00 until the last train (works):
- Trains will run direct to/from Flinders St and stop at all stations.
- Buses replace trains Caulfield-Westall.
- passengers for stations beyond Dandenong, change at Caulfield for an express bus to Dandenong, then into other train-replacement buses.
Frankston line: From 21.00 until the last train (works).
- Buses replace trains Moorabbin-Frankston.
- No Frankston trains Flinders St-Caulfield.
- Pakenham/Cranbourne trains will stop at all stations South Yarra-Caulfield.

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* 17.25 New exposure sites in western NSW. health authorities have changed their approach and are no longer listing venue exposure sites in Sydney because they’re focusing on homes and workplaces where the virus is transmitting.
* 5.06 Melbourne’s late-night trains cancelled; Victorian tourism ‘at breaking point’. Benjamin Preiss and Sumeyya Ilanbey. Late-night public transport services in Melbourne will cease on Fridays and Saturdays due to the city-wide 9pm curfew.
The Victorian government said the settings are identical to last year when a curfew was imposed during stage four restrictions. Trains, trams and buses will not run between 1am and 5am on Saturdays and between 1am and 6am on Sundays for two weeks from Friday.
“A normal timetable will continue to run at all other times to ensure essential workers and those who must travel for a permitted reason can get where they need to go,” a spokeswoman said.
The Opposition’s public transport spokesman David Davis decried the latest move.
“How are shift workers and essential workers to get home late at night? Ride their bikes? Seriously,” Mr Davis said.
Meanwhile, the extended lockdown is causing havoc for Victoria’s tourism sector which new data shows is losing $1.34 billion a month.
Before COVID-19, the Twelve Apostles region was in danger of being overrun by tourists.CREDIT:JUSTIN MCMANUS
The latest figures released by the Tourism and Transport Forum showed the economic pain was spread across the state with many businesses heavily reliant on visitors from Melbourne.
Victorian Tourism Industry Council chief executive Felicia Mariani said regional tourism operators relied on Melbourne for up to 80 per cent of their revenue.
“Even though regional Victoria is no longer in lockdown, this two-week extension for metro Melbourne effectively locks down the state’s tourism industry for yet another fortnight,” Ms Mariani said.
The figures showed the pandemic has also been disastrous for employment in the sector with up to 156,000 tourism jobs lost in Victoria by July this year.
“The sector is at breaking point with an increasing number of businesses facing the real prospect of closure or slashing tens of thousands of more jobs across the state.”
Adventure Tourism Victoria president Alex Hill said the state’s tourism is “dead” with consumer confidence lower than at any time during the pandemic.

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