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Upcoming Transport Works

As part of Victoria’s Big Build, works are continuing in March, April and May on the state’s biggest road and public transport projects.

There will be disruptions to the public transport and road networks while these works take place.

We encourage you to plan ahead and allow extra time as significant delays are expected.

Major works taking place from March to May 2021 include:

Metropolitan areas

  • North East Link (March to May): Relocating gas, water and sewer pipes and drains on Greensborough and Bulleen roads
  • Monash and Princes Freeways (March to May): Adding 36km of extra lanes to make it safer and easier to travel around Melbourne
  • West Gate Freeway (March to May): Rebuilding the southbound bridge and expanding the freeway.
  • Metro Tunnel (April and May): Tunnel-boring to connect new underground stations
  • Sunbury Line (April and May): Upgrading the track, power and platforms for more modern trains
  • Pakenham (March), Craigieburn (May), Werribee (late April) and Mernda (May) lines: Works continue to remove 20 dangerous and congested level crossings, with the Cherry Street level crossing gone by the end of autumn
  • Cranbourne Line (March): Laying 8km of additional track to allow more trains to run
  • Tram track renewal and overhead maintenance will take place at Spencer Street and La Trobe Streets (April) in the CBD and along Plenty Road, Preston (May) to deliver a smoother ride on Routes 86, 30, and 35.

Regional areas

  • Regional Rail Revival Upgrades to the Geelong (May) and Warrnambool lines (April) as part of program to deliver more frequent and reliable train services
  • Critical maintenance will take place on our Gippsland (March), Ballarat (April) and Shepparton (April) lines.

For full details on disruptions and key dates, please visit, Victoria's Big Build website.

Public Transport 

Public transport is the quickest and easiest way to get to and from an event.

Trains, trams and buses operate frequently, dropping you right to the door of the precinct.

Train stations within easy walking distance:  

  • Richmond; 
  • Jolimont; 
  • Flinders Street (from here you can walk via the Tanderrum Bridge) 

Trams which stop very close to the precinct: 

  • Tram 70 (Wattle Park) from Flinders Street and Richmond Stations. These stop at Rod Laver Arena (Stop 7B), John Cain Arena (Stop 7C) and AAMI Park (Stop 7D). 
  • Tram 48 (North Balwyn) and Tram 75 (Vermont South) stops adjacent to MCG on Wellington Parade. 

Bus routes which stop within easy walking distance:  

  • Bus 246 (Latrobe Uni – Elsternwick Station) stops at corner of Olympic Boulevard and Punt Road. 

For private bus bookings, click here.

Ride Share Services

The pick-up and drop off point for ride share services, such as Uber, is out the front of John Cain Arena on Olympic Boulevard. 

We encourage guests not to order their ride share service until they have reached the pick-up point to avoid causing congestion along Olympic Boulevard. 


On event days, there’s a taxi rank available next to The Oval on Olympic Boulevard. This is close to all venues and a safe and efficient way to hail a taxi. 

Water taxis

Melbourne Water Taxis

Melbourne Water Taxis operate on the Yarra River seven days per week.  

Water taxis deliver guests to a docking platform opposite Rod Laver Arena. They can accommodate parties of up to 12 people and need to be pre-booked. 

For more information, or to make a booking, please contact Melbourne Water Taxis on 0416 068 655. 

Melbourne River Cruises

Melbourne River Cruises can provide you with ultimate experience for groups up to 150 people when attending events at Melbourne & Olympic Parks. 

For more information, please contact Melbourne River Cruises: 

Ph: 03 8610 2600 
Fax: 03 9614 1252