COVID-19 related public transport observations

I’ve managed to completely avoid the topic of COVID-19 over the past few months, so here goes – a quick collection of coronavirus related public transport observations.

Bourke Street Mall completely empty


I’ve been lucky enough to be able to work from home since March, but I ventured back in early April to pick up some stuff from the office – where I found the Melbourne CBD virtually empty.

E2.6071 heads north on route 96 outside Southern Cross Station

Normally parked cars at Tottenham station overflow into the neighbouring grassy patch, turning it into a mud hole, but it’s now empty with everyone staying home.

Everyone staying home due to COVID-19, so the overflow car park at Tottenham station is empty

At railway stations coronavirus posters have replaced the usual promotions.

'We only accept card payments at this location' and 'Reduce your risk of coronavirus' posters poster at Sunshine station

Encouraging social distancing on escalators.

'Keep a 1.5m distance from others on escalators' poster at a station

Victorian Government announcements on repeat.

Recorded by Philip Mallis

And cash payments stopped at the ticket office.

'No cash payment accepted' signage at the Sunshine station ticket office

Trams have blocked the front row of seats out of use, to shield drivers.

With Transdev Melbourne taking it one step further – asking passengers to use the rear door to enter and exit the bus.

'Please use rear door to enter and exit bus' sign on a Transdev bus

But V/Line replacement road coaches make do with a government health warning sticky taped to the door.

Victorian Touring Coaches #33 6233AO with a Geelong line rail replacement service along Hampshire Road, Sunshine

And the same

Back in early April SkyBus was still serving Melbourne Airport – the passenger on the top deck of this service wearing a mask.

SkyBus Melbourne double decker #116 BS04NV exits CityLink bound for Southern Cross Station

As was the City Circle tram around the Melbourne CBD.

W8.983 heads east on the City Circle at Docklands Drive and Harbour Esplanade

Authorised Officers were still roaming the rail network.

Authorised Officers still roaming the rail network

Freight trains have also kept moving.

XR558 and 8130 on a westbound standard gauge grain at Sunshine

Transport steel, containers, grain, and everything else that usually moves by rail.

Great Southern liveried NR30 leads NR85 and NR106 on SM2 up steel and intermodal at Albion

So what have I been up to?

If you’re a regular visitor to my photo gallery you might have noticed I been uploading a lot less photos recently – this graph really shows the decline.

The last time I uploaded so few photos was when I went overseas!

But luckily for you I haven’t been wasting the Coronavirus lockdown – I’ve been still regularly updating this blog, along with my Hong Kong transport and European rail spinoffs, and slowly uploading my backlog of non-train photos to Flickr.

You can head over to to get a sneak peek at what’s coming soon on my blogs.


Daniel Bowen has written more about COVID-19 and Melbourne transport on his blog.

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3 Responses to “COVID-19 related public transport observations”

  1. Dean says:

    Oh Marcus, I only read your site cause it was the only site I could find with no mention of the virus and now you’ve ruined it!

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