17 May 2016
Early works have begun on the Hurstbridge line, with geotechnical and site investigations being carried out over the next four weeks as a start to the construction of a second track between Heidelberg and Rosanna.
This notorious single section of track holds back the entire line – limiting the number of services as trains are forced to wait for trains to pass in the opposite direction. Once the line is duplicated, trains will be able run in both directions at once.
Power and signalling on the line will also receive a major upgrade as part of the project, which will reduce delays, improve reliability, and allow more trains in peak hour.
The geotechnical investigations will involve drilling 100mm holes up to 25 metres deep near the intersections of Burgundy Street and Studley Road, and Darebin and Hawdon Street, in Heidelberg.
These investigations will provide information about the ground conditions at the site, which will inform the design of the project, and how it is constructed.
Construction of the project will start before the end of the year with completion by 2019.