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How to survive Friday’s train strike in Melbourne

Friday’s train strike is set to cause mayhem in Melbourne.

Metro says delays will start at 8.30am and continue until at least 4.30pm in the afternoon.

So, Neil Mitchell got a quick run through from those in the know about how to best survive tomorrow’s chaos.

He also wanted to find out how much impact it would cause, both on the roads and for the city as a whole.

THE TAXIS SAY THIS?

‘It will be all hands on deck,’ said Simon Purssey from 13CABS.

‘We’re even asking our drivers to drive past train stations, instead of their normal route.’

He said there would be 600 extra cabs on the road.

‘It’s going to be hectic, but 13 CABS is going to do everything possible to get Melbourne from A to B.’

‘It will be like grand final day.’

VICROADS SAY THIS?

‘We’re expecting the peak periods will start earlier and the people that do experience and know what Melbourne peak feels like ? it will feel like that extends for most of the day,’ said Nick Fisher, the Acting Director of Road Operations.

All non-essential roadworks within 10 kilometres of the CBD have been cancelled.

He encouraged people to car-pool where possible, or even stay at home.

‘Be patient and please drive safely.’

BUSINESS EXPERTS SAY THIS?

‘It’s going to cost business and certainly cost Melbourne,’ said Steven Wojtkiw, chief economist at Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

‘It will capture the headlines of the media, it already has, but not only locally but potentially nationally and internationally.’

LISTEN: Neil Mitchell speaks with officials on 3AW Mornings

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