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.

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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 under 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 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.

LXRA is seeking nominations from members of the community who feel they are able to represent their local area during the track duplication and Lower Plenty Road level crossing removal. Submissions close on Friday 2 June. To nominate or 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.

To keep up to date with our progress, and all of the construction impacts, sign up to receive regular email updates.

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
  • Midnight Friday 18 August 2017 to last service Sunday 20 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.

At times, we will also need to redirect traffic around areas where we are working, including at Brown Street, Darebin Street, Hawdon Street and St James Road in Heidelberg.

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

Community Drop in Sessions

Lower Plenty Road, track duplication and Grange Road

Thank you to those who came along to our community drop-in sessions during February 2017. The sessions were very well attended and we've received some great feedback about the new Rosanna Station, rail bridge and open space at Lower Plenty Road.

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If you weren't able to make it to the Grange Road drop-in sessions, visit the hub to view what we showed at the sessions, including the proposed look of the bridges, uses for the new community space at Ravenscourt Place and landscaping options.

If you weren't able to make it to the Lower Plenty Road and track duplication drop-in sessions, visit the hub to view the landscaping, open space, colour and materials options presented.

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