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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.
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
Buses replace trains on sections of the Frankston/Stony Point lines until the last train of Sun 31 Oct (level-crossing works).
Buses replace trains between Newport and Williamstown until the last train of Friday 12 November (level-crossing removal).
Maroondah Highway, Lilydale closed in both directions at the train line for one month, as level-crossing work ramps up on Friday night. John Street will also be closed at this time. See http://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/disruptions/maroondah-highway-and-john-street-lilydale-road-closure. ; Buses will replace trains for 6 weeks.
Buses replace trains Ringwood - Lilydale until the last train of Sun 24 Oct (level-crossing works).  Opening the new Mooroolbark and Lilydale stations on Monday 25 October
5.02 Mernda/Hurstbridge lines: Delays up to 30 minutes in the Clifton Hill area (equipment faults).
- 5.28 The faults have been fixed, but still delays to 30 min. Trains may be altered/cancelled [to minimise our penalty payment].
- 6.10 Delays up to 15 minutes and clearing quickly.
8.29 Cranbourne line: Delays up to 30 minutes (a train fault at Merinda Park).
- 9.13  Delays clearing quickly.
9.51 Sandringham line: Major delays (an ill driver requiring urgent medical assistance at Sandringham). Trains may be held.
- 10.07 Buses to replace trains Elsternwick - Sandringham.  Buses have been ordered, but may take over 60 minutes to arrive.  Consider alternatives.
- 10.45  Buses are replacing trains Elsternwick - Sandringham. Extended journey time of approx. 30 minutes. Trains continue to operate Flinders Street - Elsternwick, with delays.
- Trains resume.  First will be the 12.21 ex Flinders Street.
17.59 Major delays Ringwood - Belgrave (police).
- 18.23 Buses to replace trains Ringwood - Upper Ferntree Gully.  Buses have been ordered, but may take over 25min to arrive. Consider alternatives.
- 18.30 Buses may take over 20min to arrive.
- 18.40 Buses are replacing train, adding 25min travel time.
- 18.59 Trains have resumed.
18.06 Werribee line: Major delays (an 'operational incident').
Mernda line: Buses replace trains Clifton Hill - Reservoir from 20.20 until the last train of Sun 10 Oct (maintenance works).
Buses replace trains on sections of the Lilydale/Belgrave lines from 20.30 until the last train of Sun 10 Oct (maintenance and level-crossing works).
Because of works,  Pakenham/Cranbourne trains run direct to and from Flinders Street from 21.00 until the last train of Sunday 10 October
Craigieburn line: All trains run direct to/from Flinders St from 21.00 until the last train (works). From loop stations, take a train from pfm 1 to Flinders St.
Sunbury/Upfield lines: All trains will terminate/originate at Southern Cross from 21.00 until the last train (works).  From loop stations, take a train from pfm 1. [a clockwise city circle train]

Tues.5.10.21 Melbourne 'Herald Sun'.  Parklets.  SHANNON DEERY With ATN

Wed.6.10.21 Melbourne 'Herald Sun' Parklets. MILES PROUST & SHANNON DEERY with ATN

Thurs.7.10.21 Melbourne 'Herald Sun' Parklets. SHANNON DEERY with ATN

OCTOBER 8 2021 Metro will provide free rides to older community members to celebrate Seniors Week. Dana Anderson
Driver Shaun McKay (left), Launceston School for Seniors chair John Husband (right), with Transport Minister Michael Ferguson and stakeholders. Picture: Phillip Biggs
The older Tasmanian community will be able to catch the bus for free during the 2021 Seniors Week.
The initiative means any Seniors Card holders who also have a Greencard will be able utilise the free Metro bus offer from October 11-17.
Transport Minister Michael Ferguson said the free travel was a way to show support to the older community while encouraging the use of public transport.
Mr Ferguson said 5000 free rides were given to seniors last year and he hoped this year the record would be beaten.
Metro Tasmania chief executive Katie Cooper said every bus was now more accessible as it had the ability to be lowered closer to the ground and have a ramp rolled out.
"Transport is for everybody in the community," she said.
Council On The Ageing director Carl Cooper said public transport was essential for aged people to be able to travel.
Greencards can be obtained from Metro stores.
READ MORE: Here's what's changed in the LGH masterplan

Fri.8.10.21 Melbourne 'Herald Sun' 1921 hailstorm.
MELBOURNE’s bustling streets and laneways were blanketed in white after a crippling hailstorm hit the city a century ago.
This photo (above) of three well-dressed gentlemen posing in one of Melbourne’s famous laneways after the storm features in a stunning new book called Old Vintage Melbourne.
According to a report in the 'Australasian' after the storm on October 15, 1921, “hailstones as large as marbles beat a deafening tattoo on roofs” and shattered skylights and windows.
Trees in public parks were stripped, trams and motor cars were brought to a halt, thousands of people were drenched, and warehouses in Flinders Lane were flooded.
“A little boy, who sought to rescue his dog from a deep drain in Hawthorn, was overwhelmed by the sudden rush of floodwater and swept into the Yarra,” The Australasian reported.
“Bourke and Collins streets were wonderful sights after the storm. They were carpeted in white, and boys began to fight with handfuls of hailstones.”
The photo and vignette is one of many in the new book that offer a rarely seen glimpse into life in Melbourne from the mid-1800s onwards.
It’s not often we recommend a particular book but this gem is one that anyone with an interest in our city’s history will want in their collection. Old Vintage Melbourne written by Melbourne lawyer and history lover Chris Macheras, is published by Scribe and on sale from Monday, October 18.

Fri.8.10.21 Melbourne 'Herald Sun' Suburban rail loop. KIERAN ROONEY
POWERFUL laws to pave the way for the Suburban Rail Loop have been passed in Victorian parliament, despite concerns about their impact for local councils.
A bid to set up a new committee scrutinising spending on major government projects was also defeated.
The Andrews government on Thursday night passed the Suburban Rail Loop Bill through the upper house with the support of four crossbench MPs.
Councils have argued that the laws hand over too much power to the state government over future developments, and Whitehorse Council has warned that a quarter of their municipality could come under this new control.
The state has maintained communities will be consulted throughout the project. It will cost an unprecedented $34.5bn just for the first stage and the government hopes to claw some of this back by leveraging off increased land values and commercial developments around stations.
On Thursday night, the Opposition put forward amendments to increase consultation with councils and communities but these were voted down and the Bill was passed.

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