Bus replacement to impact bike lanes

Train line shutdowns during December—and the bus replacement services to carry displaced passengers—will impact a number of bike routes between now and Christmas.

The Metro Tunnel Project will be running a continuous rail replacement busing operation from Monday 13 December to Friday 24 December 2021.

The bus stops for the pick-up and drop-off will occupy bike lanes at a number of locations.

These locations will be likely congested with many vehicle and people movements, so riders will need to take care.

Traffic will be managed by the authorities so the routes should still be accessible to riders.

The disruption will vary. This week on some lines every service from first to last will be impacted, on other most day and evening services, and on other only the evening services.

And there will be some variation from between this and next week.

Sites that will be effected in various ways include outside Flinders Street Station and Federations Square where there may be long, voluminous bus waiting queues along footpaths and at road crossings, so watch out for wandering strays.

There will be drop-off and pick-up zones outside the Arts Centre and on Princes Bridge. Previous experience shows that not all bus drivers can park exactly in the designated spot, so riders may be squeezed for space in places.

There will be a drop-off zone outside the Parliamentary Gardens in Spring Street and a pick-up zone outside the Parliament Station exit further down Spring Street.

There will be pick-up and drop-off zones near Burnley Station, including in Madden Grove outside Golden Square Park.

In Normanby Road, Caulfield, the shared bike lane / bus lane outside the station on the south side will be occupied by an extensive pick-up and drop-off zones while there will be similar facilities on Sir John Monash Drive on the northern side.

There will be extensive traffic management around the Caulfield Station precinct.

South Yarra Station will have zones on both sides of Chapel Street, so be extra careful when buses are in situ.

Moorabin and Brighton Beach stations also have bus zones, as do Mordialloc and Oakleigh.

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