Hurstbridge line works extended
A major construction blitz to remove two level crossings, build a new station and duplicate the line in Melbourne’s north east is being extended to the last service on Sunday 6 May 2018.
Despite around 1,000 workers working around the clock to make a huge amount of progress, rail signalling complexities have affected the works, which will take extra time to complete.
While the majority of works are completed, installing the rail signalling system that allows trains to travel safely on the network has taken longer than anticipated due to the condition and age of the infrastructure.
To ensure a safe return to train services on the Hurstbridge line, the disruption has been extended and trains will resume on Monday 7 May 2018.
The Level Crossing Removal Authority is sorry for this inconvenience to passengers who are no doubt looking forward to trains returning. However, we must make sure that trains operate as safely as they should from day one.
We will continue to work as hard as possible to get on with the task at hand and provide safe train services on the Hurstbridge line.
In order to get passengers to where they need to go, buses will continue to replace trains on the Hurstbridge line between Clifton Hill and Macleod until the last service on Sunday 6 May 2018. There will also be extra free buses operating between Eltham and the city during the AM and PM peak.
The Hurstbridge Rail Line Upgrade is on track for full completion by mid-2018.