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Sat.21.5.22 Metro Twitter
Flinders St: still with a lane closed for tunnel works? [reopened by July?  Closed again by Nov.]
Campbell Arcade (Flinders St station) is closed until 2024. The exit from the Myki gates within the subway will  also be closed. No pedestrian access between the arcade & Flinders St. Use Elizabeth & Swanston St entry/exits. Platform  interchange via that subway will be available until mid 2022.
Buses replace trains on sections of the Mernda line until the last train of Sunday 29 May (works).  When trains return, they'll bypass Preston & Bell for around 3 months.
Buses replace trains between Ringwood and Lilydale until the last train of Monday 23 May (level-crossing works).
Buses replace trains Sunshine - Sunbury until the last train of Sun 22 May (works).
11.21 Pakemham/Cranbourne lines: All trains direct to/from Flinders St (an equipment fault near Southern Cross). From loop stations, take a train from pfm 4 to Richmond.
- 11.45  Citybound trains have resumed running via the loop. First train: 10.49 ex Cranbourne.
13.18 Werribee/Williamstown/Sunbury/Craigieburn/Upfield lines: Major delays (an equipment fault near North Melbourne. Trains may terminate/originate at intermediate stations. Stopping patterns may change.
13.56 Mernda/Hurstbridge lines: Major delays (an ill passenger requiring ambulance assistance at Jolimont). Trains may be held at platforms.
- 14.26  Delays clearing.  Trains may terminate/originate at intermediate stations. Stopping patterns may change.
Heading home from AFL? Plan ahead and check out your best options for a fast getaway! We've got plenty of extra trains to get you home.
- Towards Pakenham, Cranbourne, Frankston or Sandringham: enter Richmond via Olympic Boulevard for trains departing from platforms 2, 4 and 6.
- Towards Lilydale, Belgrave, Alamein or Glen Waverley: enter Richmond via Brunton Ave for trains departing from platforms 9 and 10.
- Toward Werribee, Williamstown, Sunbury, Craigieburn or Upfield: enter via Olympic Bvd and take any train from platforms 1, 3 or 5 to FlindersStreet and change.
- 22.23 Richmond: Crowds are flowing well through the Brunton Avenue subway. 
- 22.28 Jolimont: Crowds are flowing well through Yarra Park and the station. 
- 22.43  Richmond: Crowds are clearing well, and waiting times are minimal via Brunton Avenue subway. There are still a few football specials yet to run.

Sat.21.5.22 Melbourne 'Herald Sun'.  Petrol prices.  KIERAN ROONEY
RISING petrol prices could push more Victorians on to public transport or to use their cars less, a survey on cost-of- living pressures suggests.
Research by comparison site Savvy shows petrol and grocery prices are the biggest concerns of Victorians as inflation bites.
Victorians were more likely than those in other states to use public transport to avoid pain at the bowser, and about 28 per cent were considering doing so. More than a third of those surveyed said they spent $31 to $60 a week on fuel and a fifth spent $61 to $90.
Almost half said they would consider changing their behaviour, such as driving their cars less, if prices remained high.
Fuel prices are soaring again after the cut to the federal government’s fuel excise provided some relief.
Service stations on Friday were charging as much as $215.9 a litre in parts of Ringwood, Craigieburn, Melton and Sandringham, while the cheapest was $182.9, according to RACV’s fuel tracker.
It urged motorists not to pay more than $1.99 a litre.  Savv chief executive Bill Tsouvalas said the increase would hit blue-collar workers hardest, especially trade apprentices.
“Tradespeople and those who work outdoors are reliant on their ute or car to turn a profit or make their weekly wages,” he said.
“This will just add to the woes of the working class, who are already feeling the brunt of rising grocery costs.
“The survey says that 30 per cent of respondents said they’ll just ‘absorb’ the increase.  Tradespeople do not have that luxury.”
About a third of Victorians said they would look for fuel discounts using apps.
“The rise in fuel costs coupled with rising grocery and utility costs will hit families hard, and people will want some sort of relief,” Mr Tsou- valas said.
“But with the current upwards trend in the cost of living, I’m unsure respite is around the corner this year.”
Figures collected by Australian Institute of Petrol show that the weekly average price for petrol in Melbourne was $187.7 a litre on May 15. A month ago it was $159.9.
The federal government halved the fuel excise in its latest budget after retail prices rose by a whopping 84 per cent from February 20 to March 20.
This was partly driven by supply chain problems and energy pressures created by the war in Ukraine.

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