The Victorian Government has committed funding to duplicate the section of single track between Heidelberg and Rosanna, to improve the frequency and reliability of services in Melbourne’s north east. By removing a significant bottleneck on the Hurstbridge line, services can be optimised, with flow-on benefits for the South Morang line. These improvements on the South Morang line will be a result of a more regulated service from Hurstbridge travelling through Clifton Hill, where the two lines join.

The Hurstbridge line upgrade will be delivered together with two level crossing removals, resulting in more efficient construction with less disruption for commuters and residents.

Overview

Scope

The Hurstbridge Rail Line upgrade includes:

  • Duplication of the single-track section of rail line between Heidelberg and Rosanna, removing a significant bottleneck, with associated power and signalling work 
  • The removal of the Grange Road, Alphington level crossing by lowering the railway line to pass under Grange Road 
  • The removal of the Lower Plenty Road, Rosanna level crossing by building a rail bridge over Lower Plenty Road. 
  • Building a new train station at Rosanna 
  • Redesigning the timetables for the Hurstbridge and South Morang lines to achieve additional services and improved reliability on both lines 
  • Addition of a new bus route between Greensborough and Diamond Creek
  • Investigation into further public transport benefits for the north east of Melbourne.

Construction Partner

The Victorian Government has announced an Alliance of Laing O'Rourke, Fulton Hogan and Jacobs as the preferred construction partner for the Hurstbridge Rail Line Upgrade.

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Benefits

The Hurstbridge line upgrade will:

  • simplify the rail timetable for both the Hurstbridge and South Morang lines
  • provide a more frequent, more reliable service
  • improve safety for local communities through removal of level crossings
  • reduce congestion on roads previously crossed by the railway line
  • align trains and buses to provide easier transfer between them for passengers
  • improve access to education, jobs and services for those in the north east of Melbourne
  • grow capacity of the railway lines, aiding future growth
  • provide hundreds of local jobs.

Project status

A contract has been awarded and construction works will start in the first half of 2017, with completion in 2019. Community consultation commenced mid 2016 and continues into 2017. Public Transport Victoria aim to deliver the new bus route between Greensborough and Diamond Creek in 2017. 

The Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) is managing the delivery of the project. LXRA is working closely with Public Transport Victoria, local councils, key stakeholders in the area and the community to deliver this project.

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Design solution

Hurstbridge rail line duplication 

The duplication will involve approximately 1.2 kilometres of new track to be laid to the east of the existing train line between Heidelberg and Rosanna. The construction of the second track will allow trains to run in both directions at the same time, enabling more frequent, reliable services on the Hurstbridge Line. 

The existing brick tunnel under Darebin Street will remain unaltered. A new tunnel will be dug in parallel under Darebin Street to accommodate the new track. 

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Lower Plenty Road, Rosanna 

In 2016, we spoke with you about options for improving and upgrading the Hurstbridge rail line, as part of the Victorian Government's plan to remove 50 dangerous and congested level crossings across Melbourne. After a thorough investigation of a number of design options and substantial community and stakeholder consultation, it has been decided that the Lower Plenty Road level crossing will be removed by raising the railway line to pass over Lower Plenty Road. Work will be completed on the Hurstbridge Rail line upgrade by 2019. 

For more information about this project and the design solution, visit the project page for the Lower Plenty Road, Rosanna level crossing.

Grange Road, Alphington 

After a thorough investigation of a number of design options and substantial community and stakeholder consultation, it has been decided that the Grange Road level crossing will be removed by lowering the railway line to pass under Grange Road. Work will be completed by 2019. 

For more information about this project and the design solution, visit the project page for the Grange Road, Alphington level crossing.

Community

Formal submissions

Thank you to everyone who made submissions on our proposed planning scheme amendment. Submissions have now closed. All feedback and submissions received are provided to the Minister for Planning as part of the formal request for a planning scheme amendment.

Community Drop in Sessions 

The Level Crossing Removal Authority is hosting community information sessions to discuss the design solutions that have been released. 

Grange Road: 

  • Thursday 16 Feb, 6:00pm - 8:00pm at Alphington Bowls Club 
  • Saturday 18 Feb, 10:00am - 12:00pm at Fairfield Farmers' Market 

Lower Plenty Road and track duplication 

  • Thursday 23 Feb, 6:00pm - 8:00pm at the Rosanna Cub Scout Hall 
  • Saturday 25 Feb 10:00am - 12:00pm at the Rosanna Cub Scout Hall

Community engagement hub

Thank you to everyone who joined the conversation on our community engagement hub. The hub is now closed to new discussions for this phase but you can still view the conversations.

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We encourage anyone interested in the Hurstbridge Rail Line Upgrade and the removal of the Lower Plenty Road or Grange Road level crossings to register to receive project updates and notifications of upcoming events and opportunities to get involved.

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