27 April 2016
Today's State Budget has invested $140.2 million for the upgrade of the Hurstbridge Rail line to be delivered in 2019. This includes a 1.2 kilometre duplication of the line between Heidelberg and Rosanna.
Building a second track will allow trains to run in both directions at the same time, which will enable more frequent, reliable services for thousands of passengers along the line to Melbourne's north east.
This major upgrade is in addition to the removal of two dangerous and congested level crossings on the Hurstbridge line at Alphington and Rosanna.
Planning will aim to coordinate construction on the level crossing removals and duplication so both projects can be delivered quickly and efficiently, with fewer disruptions to passengers while work is carried out.
As part of the plan, LXRA will also undertake the planning work on possible future rail duplications on sections between Greensborough and Eltham, to further boost services.
The budget also allocated $587.7 million to fully fund and deliver the Mernda Rail extension project, an eight kilometre extension from South Morang to the Mernda, being delivered by LXRA.