Altona Loop dual track on the way
28 May 2018
Commuters in Melbourne’s west will soon benefit from more reliable journeys as crews prepare to complete level crossing removal and track duplication works near Kororoit Creek Road.
Following months of hard work to prepare for the new dual rail bridge over Kororoit Creek Road, the final piece of the project puzzle will involve installing bridge beams, upgrading signalling and duplicating around 800 metres of Altona Loop track between the Werribee line junction and Kororoit Creek.
To safely complete these works, buses will replace trains along the Altona Loop from Newport and Laverton from 7:30pm on Saturday 16 June for approximately 43 days, with some extended closures of the Werribee line and closures of Kororoit Creek Road at the level crossing also occurring outside of peak hours.
Westona station is currently the only place on the Altona Loop where trains can cross, with the new partial duplication providing another safe passing point to try to reduce the number of trains forced to bypass the loop via the Werribee line, ultimately improving the reliability of services.
From the first service on 30 July, regular services will resume to a more reliable Altona Loop and vehicles – including trucks – will never have to deal with boom gate delays at Kororoit Creek Road ever again.
Temporary travel changes
- Buses will replace trains along the Altona Loop from Newport and Laverton from 7:30pm on Saturday 16 June to the last service on Sunday 29 July, servicing passengers to and from Seaholme, Altona and Westona stations (up to 30 minutes of additional travel time).
- Werribee line trains running express between Newport and Laverton during these works
- Limited off-peak closures (nights or weekends) of the Werribee line, where buses will replace trains between Newport and Werribee
- Limited overnight closures of Kororoit Creek Road at the level crossing, with traffic detours in place.
For more information about the project, visit our Kororoit Creek Road project page.