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.

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 will start in early 2017, with completion in 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 solution

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

In March 2017, we will be:

  • establishing work areas, site offices and parking for workers
  • installing barriers and fencing around the worksites
  • beginning to remove vegetation in the construction zone for the Hurstbridge line duplication, including tree removal where this is unavoidable (further details included in Flora and Fauna fact sheet).

Overnight and weekend works

There will be times when overnight and weekend work is required. This includes:

  • 1:00am to 4:00am – Tuesday 21 March 2017 to Friday 24 March 2017
  • 1:00am to 4:00am – Tuesday 28 March 2017 to Friday 31 March 2017

During these works, activity and noise will be noticeable from construction machinery and short-term road and pedestrian diversions may be required. Every effort will be made to ensure disruption to local residents is minimised.

Disruptions

To minimise disruption, we will only shut down the rail line when necessary. Disruptions will include:

  • an extended weekend shutdown from 8:00pm Friday 21 April to the last service on Monday 24 April. Normal train services will resume for ANZAC Day, Tuesday 25 April
  • a temporary disruption to weekday and weekend services in October, for approximately two weeks
  • a major construction blitz in January 2018
  • traffic modifications when necessary to ensure the safety of the public and our workers.

Residents and commuters will receive notices leading up to these shutdowns.

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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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