19 December 2017

Workmen in a cherry picker levelling poles on the overhead rail wires

Extensive power and signalling upgrades to the Caulfield Junction will complement level crossing removal works in an intensive summer construction blitz kicking off next month.

A Public Transport Victoria campaign launched this week – "Know Your Travel Choices" – is meanwhile asking passengers to consider their need to travel or allow more time to complete their journey.

Cranbourne, Pakenham and Frankston line passengers will all be affected by the works, which involve significant upgrades to ageing infrastructure through the Caulfield Junction.

To allow crews to work safely, the tracks through Caulfield will be closed to both Frankston and Cranbourne/Pakenham trains, which intersect at a junction near Caulfield Station.

Crews will take advantage of the quieter summer period to complete essential power, signalling and communications at several other key points along the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines.

The huge upgrade will increase reliability, reduce signal failures and prepare for the introduction of High Capacity Metro Trains.

From 2 to 9 January 2018, buses will be replacing trains between Flinders Street and Westall on the Cranbourne/Pakenham line, and Flinders Street and Moorabbin on the Frankston line.

Once these upgrades are finished and services resume to and from Flinders Street, specialist crews will move in to carry out works further down the line as part of the Level Crossing Removal Project, with buses to replace trains between Caulfield and Dandenong from 10 to 17 January.

Buses will also replace trains between Westall and Dandenong from 30 January to 11 February, while night shuts will also see bus replacements activated from 8:00pm between 21 and 25 January along sections of the Cranbourne/Pakenham lines.

Commuters are encouraged to plan ahead during the summer works, while those taking bus replacements should allow for extra journey time ranging from 40 to 75 minutes. Some V/Line services will also be affected.

The huge rail systems upgrade is the biggest restoration of the overhead and power system on the Cranbourne/Pakenham line in more than 20 years and the first rail systems upgrade in history to span the entire length of an existing metropolitan line.

Visit www.ptv.vic.gov.au for more information and to plan your journey.