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.
The Hurstbridge Line Rail Upgrade project was initially scheduled to be completed by 2019. Thanks to careful planning, the Hurstbridge Rail Line Upgrade team has been able to reduce the overall timeframe of the project by six months. To find our more see Hurstbridge Line Upgrade to be finished six months early.
To allow for a major construction blitz, buses will replace trains on sections of the Hurstbridge Line from Friday 16 March to Sunday 29 April 2018. Normal train services will resume on Monday 30 April 2018.
To find out more about what's happening, check out the Construction impacts section below.
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.
The Victorian Government has awarded the construction contract to an alliance of Laing O'Rourke, Fulton Hogan and Jacobs.
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.
Construction started in March 2017 and will now be completed six months ahead of schedule. The majority of construction will now be complete by mid-2018, rather than 2019 as initially planned.
Public Transport Victoria aims to deliver the new bus route between Greensborough and Diamond Creek in 2017.
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.
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 mid-2018.
For more information about this project, visit the Grange Road, Alphington project page.
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 keep up to date with our progress, and all of the construction impacts, sign up to receive regular email updates.
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. See below for upcoming disruptions to train services:
- Until April 2018, Rosanna Station is closed and all trains will run express through Rosanna, with train replacement bus services between Heidelberg and Rosanna and Macleod and Rosanna.
- A major construction blitz from Friday 16 March to Monday 30 April 2018 will require the closure of sections of the Hurstbridge line.
Rosanna Station closure
To allow for works associated with the Lower Plenty Road Level Crossing Removal Project and construction of the brand new Rosanna Station, the original station has been demolished and the new station will reopen in late April 2018.
All trains will run express through Rosanna and during the station closure, train replacement bus services will operate between Heidelberg and Rosanna and Macleod and Rosanna.
For more information, view the Rosanna Station Closure Questions and Answers.
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 tunnelling 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.
Burgundy Street traffic changes
To allow works to establish a retaining wall on the southern side of Burgundy Street (around the rail bridge), temporary closures of Burgundy Street and local footpaths may be required.
For more information on traffic changes in the area, view our interactive map.
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.
Stakeholder Liaison Group
We have established 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.
For more information visit our stakeholder liaison group online hub.
Community information sessions
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.
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.
Keep up to date
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.
To be able to make improvements to the capacity of the Hurstbridge line, and power additional train services, the Level Crossing Removal Authority will be constructing a new substation at Eaglemont and upgrading three substations at Macleod, Fairfield and Diamond Creek. These substations will be operated by Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM).
We are working with local residents in Eaglemont to develop landscaping and fencing options for the substation on Sherwood Road. Site preparation has begun with construction to start on early 2018.
We have established an Eaglemont Substation Community Liaison Group for local residents and community members to provide feedback on the look and feel of the substation and its surrounds. For further information refer to the substation fact sheet and FAQ .
Technical documents that relate to the substation include:
Tree trimming is required for the upgrade of the Macleod substation. Arborists and fauna handlers will be on site during the works to ensure minimal environmental impact. Construction is expected to start in mid-November with the substation operational by early 2018.
We are working on the design of the Fairfield substation and will begin informing residents about the planned steps of construction. This will include discussions about landscaping and potential screening options for the area. Construction is expected to commence in late 2017 and the substation operational by mid-2018.
Diamond Creek substation
The current substation in Diamond Creek no longer meets its requirements, so we are building a new one to provide more electricity for the rail network and to provide additional train services on the Hurstbridge line. Information will be provided to residents in the coming months. Construction is expected to commence in early 2018 with the substation operational by mid-2018.
To read the latest area and community updates, works alerts on construction impacts, and previous publications please visit the Hurstbridge Rail Line publications page.