16 March 2017
Work has begun to remove the level crossings at Lower Plenty Road in Rosanna and Grange Road in Alphington, and duplicate a 1.2 kilometre section of the Hurstbridge line.
These crossings are among Melbourne's worst, with boom gates down at both locations for around 40 minutes in the two-hour morning peak, holding up traffic and triggering risky behaviour.
Around 1000 people will work on the project at its peak, including more than 30 apprentices and trainees over the life of the project.
Over the coming weeks, the team will begin to establish site fences and a site office, complete further geotechnical investigations, remove vegetation and relocate underground utilities in preparation for major construction, with works ramping up through March and April.
The Hurstbridge Rail Line Upgrade will improve the frequency and reliability of services in Melbourne's north east, with flow-on benefits for the South Morang line. The project will safely separate trains from traffic, cyclists and pedestrians, as well as building a new Rosanna Station, and duplicating tracks between Heidelberg and Rosanna.
The $395 million contract for the Hurstbridge Rail Line Upgrade and removal of two level crossings will be complete by the end of 2018.