Works halt travellers across Melbourne
It just might be the first day the hated Punt Road provides a better cross-city run than CityLink for frazzled motorists.
Traffic is now banked up for several kilometres in both directions along the West Gate Freeway as workers resurface the West Gate Bridge.
The bridge is reduced to two lanes in both directions, creating major delays for holiday-makers heading to the surf coast, as well as city workers and freight operators.
VicRoads says it is currently taking 29 minutes to drive from Kings Way to the West Gate Bridge. It says there are 15 minute delays from Toorak Road to the tunnel.
East-bound, it is a stop-start 28-minute drive from the Western Ring Road to the bridge.
Motorists have used Twitter to report of traffic being banked up all the way through the Domain Tunnel and as far as Toorak Road in the east and Boundary Road in the west.
Resurfacing works on the bridge are scheduled to go on until January 11, coinciding with what VicRoads says is the quietest time of the year on Melbourne's roads. Drivers have been advised to allow extra travel time or take another route. A VicRoads spokeswoman said it was necessary to do much of the asphalt resurfacing work during the day.
Earlier, rail commuters were heavily affected by track work in the City Loop that threw the network into chaos. The work had forced trains to stop running between Flinders Street and Southern Cross stations on all but six lines.
But a track fault at North Melbourne between 3.30pm-4.30pm further disrupted the Cragieburn, Sunbury and Upfield lines, causing more city loop services to be shut down.
Trains were forced to travel from North Melbourne to Flinders Street via Southern Cross, with no services to Parliament, Melbourne Central or Flagstaff.
The works are part of the Regional Rail Link project. There will also be major track works between the city and Albion. Buses will replace trains on the Sunbury line from 8pm on Friday until first thing Monday morning.
With Kristian Silva
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