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Site investigations for the second stage of the Hurstbridge Line Upgrade continue in 2020

22 Jan 2020

We are currently undertaking surveys and investigations along various sections of the Hurstbridge rail line to progress planning for the second stage of the Hurstbridge Line Upgrade.

So far, we’ve been undertaking site investigations in the Greensborough, Montmorency and Diamond Creek areas. This will enable planning to begin for the rail duplication between Greensborough and Montmorency, and between Diamond Creek and Wattle Glen, as well as proposed works at Greensborough and Montmorency stations.

We will also be upgrading the existing train stabling at Victoria Park, as well as upgrading power and signalling along sections of the Hurstbridge Line which will be required to improve train services.

Over the next few months we’ll be carrying out various geotechnical investigations in the rail reserve around Clifton Hill and Abbotsford. You might see our drilling rig at locations near Victoria Park Station, around Lulie Street and Johnston Street in Abbotsford.

Works will involve drilling boreholes in the ground in different locations along the rail line and in side streets to test the ground conditions and collect soil samples. The team will also locate utility services such as water, gas and electricity, underneath and around the rail line.

Traffic and pedestrian management will be in place to help people and vehicles move safely through the area and access to properties, shops and businesses will be maintained at all times.

These early geotechnical investigations are expected to be completed in March this year, with major work on the project to start later this year.

Planning Scheme Amendment submissions now open

Before construction works begin on the project, we need to seek appropriate planning approvals. The Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) will request the Minister for Planning to make a change to the Banyule, Darebin, Nillumbik and Yarra Planning Schemes. This is known as a Planning Scheme Amendment (PSA).

The PSA process gives the community the opportunity to share what is important to them. You’re invited to provide feedback on what we should consider as we plan for the project. This feedback will inform our request to amend the planning scheme.

To read more or to make a submission, visit our online engagement hub.

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Hurstbridge train pulling into Greensborough Station

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