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.

Latest news

Works are now underway, with an Alliance of Laing O'Rourke, Fulton Hogan, Jacobs and the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) beginning to duplicate the track between Rosanna and Heidelberg and raising the railway line over Lower Plenty Road. To find out more about what's happening, check out the Construction impacts section below.

We are establishing a stakeholder liaison group (SLG) to engage local representatives and experts to help drive key aspects of our work and ensure strong community influence on issues such as:

  • minimising disruption during construction
  • look and feel of the local area
  • urban design
  • any wider community feedback or concerns.

The Level Crossing Removal Authority would like to thank all those who lodged an application to represent their community on the SLG.

Nominations are now closed, and the project team is reviewing applications received. All those who lodged an application will be informed of the outcome in the next few weeks.

For more information visit our stakeholder liaison group online hub.

Overview

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 awarded the construction contract to an alliance of Laing O'Rourke, Fulton Hogan and Jacobs.

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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

Construction started in March 2017 and will be completed by 2019. Community consultation commenced mid 2016 and continues into 2017. We are working closely with Public Transport Victoria, councils, key stakeholders and the community to deliver this project.

Public Transport Victoria aims to deliver the new bus route between Greensborough and Diamond Creek in 2017.

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Design

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 built under Darebin Street for the new track. A second rail bridge will also be built over Burgundy Street, next to the existing bridge.

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Lower Plenty Road, Rosanna 

In 2016, we spoke with you about options for removing the level crossing on Lower Plenty Road, 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 level crossing will be removed by raising the railway line to pass over Lower Plenty Road.

For more information about this project, visit the Lower Plenty Road, Rosanna project page.

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, visit the Grange Road, Alphington project page.

Construction impacts

Construction of the Hurstbridge Rail Line Upgrade Project is now underway. Most works are taking place Monday to Saturday during daytime hours (7:00am to 6:00pm), but some works need to be undertaken overnight. To ensure the safety of our workers and the public, there will also be times when we need to suspend rail services.

To complete works safely, from now until September, train services will be disrupted for approximately one weekend each month. Works are then anticipated to ramp up in October 2017 and January 2018.

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Disruptions

Hurstbridge rail line disruptions

To minimise disruption, we will only shut the rail line when necessary. If you plan to catch a train on the Hurstbridge line make sure you check our planned disruption page or visit the PTV website, as there will be times when we need to shut the rail line to complete works safely. Buses will replace trains during these times:

  • 8:15pm Friday 23 June 2017 to last service Sunday 25 June
  • 8:15pm Friday 14 July 2017 to last service Sunday 16 July
  • 8:15pm Friday 25 August 2017 to last service Sunday 27 August
  • a temporary disruption to weekday and weekend services from Sunday 1 October to Monday 16 October 2017
  • a major construction blitz in January 2018.

Hawdon Street traffic changes

To maintain the safety of our workers and the public during the Hurstbridge Rail Line Upgrade Project, there will be extended path and lane closures on Hawdon Street while piling and tunneling works are completed.

Temporary traffic changes include:

  • Extended temporary closure of the north-bound lane of Hawdon Street, between Cartmell Street and Darebin Street.
  • Extended temporary closure of the pedestrian path on the west side of Hawdon Street near the Darebin Street and Hawdon Street roundabout.
  • We will sometimes need to close Hawdon Street in both directions, and the approach from the Darebin Street and Hawdon Street roundabout. In these instances clear traffic detour signage will be in place.

Speed limits will be reduced to 40 kilometres per hour near the work areas.

Parking changes at Heidelberg Station

At Heidelberg Station the access ramp from Burgundy Street and up to 50 carparks have temporarily closed, with this area now a construction zone until April 2018. Alternative parking will be provided and can be accessed via Banksia, Powlett and Darebin streets.

View our interactive map for further details.

For more information, please visit our planned disruptions page.

Community

In early 2017 we hosted community information sessions at the Rosanna Cub Scout Hall, providing the community with the opportunity to view and discuss the designs for the Hurstbridge Rail Line duplication, the new Burgundy Street Bridge, the Lower Plenty Road level crossing removal and new Rosanna Station.

Thanks to everyone who joined the conversation on potential urban design solutions for the Rosanna and Heidelberg areas. The responses came flooding in, with 173 print and online feedback forms submitted.

You told us you want to see designs that suit the local area. Other key considerations are accessibility, visual aesthetics, safe pedestrian and bike access, ongoing maintenance and using sustainable and environmentally-friendly materials.

To view the consultation results in more details, visit our publications page.

Next steps

Our designers are considering the community's feedback on each of these design elements and will continue to work closely with Banyule City Council and key stakeholders to determine how it can best be applied.

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We encourage anyone interested in the Hurstbridge Rail Line Upgrade to register to receive project updates and notifications of upcoming events and opportunities to get involved.

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Publications

To read the latest area and community updates, works alerts on construction impacts, and previous publications please visit the Hurstbridge Rail Line publications page.

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