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THOUSANDS of Glen Waverley rail line commuters are expected to cram onto buses next month when the line is closed for up to 11 days for major repairs.
Metro and the state government announced today the line will be closed between July 7-15 and again from July 21-22 to coincide with school holidays. The closure is likely to affect 25,000 people who travel on the line.
The government says it expects commuters to only have to travel for an extra 12 minutes. Despite the major disruptions, commuters will not be compensated.
Metro spokeswoman Geraldine Mitchell described the works as ‘‘normal’’. She said buses had been organised to ferry users to stations between Burnley and Glen Waverley.
Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder said that without the intensive shutdown, works would have taken up to a year to complete.
‘‘The project will include the replacement of 45,000 sleepers and 250 metres of fencing, platform works and renewal of overhead wiring and signals,’’ he said.