Grange Road Alphington community update - March 2018
01 Mar 2018
The Victorian Government is removing two dangerous and congested level crossings along the Hurstbridge line, building a brand new Rosanna Station, and duplicating the single section of track between Heidelberg and Rosanna. This will make communities safer and get commuters in Melbourne’s north east home sooner.
This month sees the start of our 44-day construction blitz and there will be lots to see at each of our three sites along the Hurstbridge line. If you want to watch the works, visit our designated safe viewing areas and please follow instructions from our staff. The best vantage points are along Wingrove Street, between Martin Court and Grange Road, and also at the end of Hanslope Avenue.
At times, members of the project team will host Q&A sessions – keep an eye on our website and social media channels for details.
Our team recently completed the rail safety barrier along the length of Wingrove Street, and soon we’ll be finishing up the installation of underground train signal cables.
During the major construction blitz between Friday 16 March and Monday 30 April 2018, construction activities will take place in and around the railway line 24 hours a day.
Grange Road will close for 21 days, seven days a week Friday 16 March until Friday 6 April 2018.
What’s happening during the construction blitz?
16 March to mid April 2018
Digging the rail trench
- A large number of trucks will use Wingrove Street, Grange Road and the VicTrack land next to Hamilton Street to remove excavated soil from site.
- Excavators breaking rock.
- 21-day closure of Grange Road to dig the rail trench.
Building rail trench walls
- Drilling large nails into trench walls for reinforcement.
- Spraying concrete over the trench wall, known as “shotcreting”.
Installing road and pedestrian bridges
- Craning in new bridge deck at Grange Road, to allow cars to travel over the rail line.
- Lifting into place two pedestrian bridges, to the east and west of Grange Road.
Early to late April 2018
Installing new rail infrastructure
- Installing new drainage system.
- Laying new tracks and sleepers.
- Installing overhead rail structures and signals.
- Testing new tracks and infrastructure.
During the construction blitz, works will, at times, take place 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Upcoming continuous works include:
- Friday 16 March to Monday 30 April 2018.
Viewing areas during the construction blitz
During the 44-day blitz, there will be Q&A sessions at viewing areas around the project site, showcasing a range of construction activities.
Come and see the best of the action at our safe viewing area on the north-west corner of Wingrove Street and Grange Road.
From here, you’ll be able to watch the formation of the Grange Road bridge, installation of the two new pedestrian bridges and the beginning of our excavation works. Also, head over to the end of Hanslope Avenue, Fairfield where you’ll be able to see even more activity.
Shops in the area will be open during the major construction blitz, including when Grange Road is closed. We encourage you to continue to support your local shops. Over the coming weeks you will see flyers with information about local traders and we’ll have some giveaways sourced from small businesses in Fairfield and Alphington at our viewing areas.
Customer parking in Martin Court will remain open during our major works to access the shops on Wingrove Street. The car park can be accessed via Darling Street and Perry Street, or Station Street onto Wingrove Street.
How to stay up to date
If you have any questions about the major construction blitz, you can stay up to date via levelcrossings.vic.gov.au or contact our project team directly on 1800 105 105.
The team is available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have about the project.
Road closures and changes
- Closure of Grange Road at the level crossing from 9:00pm Friday 16 March until 5:00am Friday 6 April 2018.
- Closure of Wingrove Street between Martin Court (west of Grange Rd) and Fulham Road (east of Grange Rd) from 9:00pm Friday 16 March until 5:00am Friday 6 April 2018.
- Wingrove Street will be returned to a two-way street in mid-2018 (more information will be provided in the coming months).
- Buses will replace trains on sections of the Hurstbridge line from 8:15pm Friday 16 March until the last service Sunday 29 April 2018
- A one-way, stopping all stations service will operate from Fairfield to Clifton Hill on weekdays (morning peak only).
For journey planning and service disruption information, visit ptv.vic.gov.au or call 1800 800 007.
- The pedestrian footpath between Hanslope Avenue and Hamilton Street across VicTrack land is now closed. Pedestrians are advised to use Heidelberg Road as a detour.
- The pedestrian footpath between Grange Road and Alphington Station (south of the rail corridor) will be closed from Wednesday 14 March until mid-2018.
- Closure of the level crossing pedestrian crossing at Grange Road from 9:00pm Friday 16 March until mid-2018.
- Between Friday 16 March and mid-2018, pedestrians will be able to cross the rail corridor at:
- Station Street, Fairfield
- Arthur Street underpass
- Alphington Station (stairs only, no ramp access)
- Yarralea Street.
- Pedestrians are advised to use Heidelberg Road or Wingrove Street and cross over the railway line at the above locations.
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