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Works notice – Hurstbridge Line Duplication, major works starting in Greensborough

04 Mar 2021

The Victorian Government is investing $530 million in the second stage of the Hurstbridge Line Duplication to deliver further improvements, including more train services, less crowding on peak trains and better connections to public transport in Melbourne’s North East.

Works include building new modern stations at Greensborough and Montmorency, and duplicating the rail track between Greensborough and Montmorency and between Diamond Creek and Wattle Glen, to allow more trains to run more often.

Work has started at multiple locations along the rail corridor to upgrade underground rail power and signalling equipment alongside the rail line; this is called a combined services route (CSR). These works will continue through to mid 2021.

To continue these works, and to set up our sites for major construction works later in the year, trees and vegetation will need to be removed from the rail corridor. In addition, to allow construction access to the rail corridor, removal and trimming of some trees will be required at specific locations.

How we remove vegetation

To build the new second track and two new stations, we need to remove trees and vegetation. The majority of this is located within the existing rail corridor.

The Level Crossing Removal Project works with environmental and sustainability specialists to minimise the amount of vegetation removal required and to manage the impacts on flora and fauna.

As part of the project, there will be an extensive replanting and landscaping program including over 700 trees and 15,000 plants in the new station precinct. We will work closely with local community groups on the replanting designs.

Visit our vegetation removal fact sheet for more information including details on replanting and future landscaping.

Works taking place

Works taking place between March and mid 2021 include:

  • tree and vegetation removal (see map below)
  • installation of fencing, including protection of any heritage and environmental zones
  • placement of barriers on roads
  • excavation and installation of underground power and signalling equipment.
  • piling for overhead rail signals and power
  • investigation works on underground services
  • geotechnical investigations.

Map showing vegetation removal in Greensborough

From Friday 12 March to Monday 15 March 2021, the train line will be closed, buses will replace trains between Macleod and Hurstbridge, and construction will take place 24 hours a day, along the railway line in Montmorency and Greensborough.

What to expect

  • From Friday 12 March to Monday 15 March, work will take place 24 hours a day, while the rail line is temporarily shut down.
  • At all other times, work will take place during normal construction hours, 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday and 7am and 1pm Saturdays
  • Installation of road barriers on Para Road between 7pm and 6am to minimise the impact on traffic. The barriers and temporary signalised pedestrian crossing on Para Road will remain in place for the duration of the project
  • Temporary closure of the pedestrian crossing between Greensborough Station and Plenty River with detours via the Plenty River shared trail
  • Construction use of road reserves and public parks to access site, including Greensborough Skate Park, Whatmough Park, and EJ Andrews Reserve. The community will still have access to these parks
  • Traffic management to ensure safety of road users and pedestrians during works
  • Construction workers, vehicles and equipment on site
  • Moderate noise from machinery, such as excavators

Map showing CSR works area in Greensborough

Health and safety

The health and safety of our workers and the community will remain our key priority as we undertake works on the Hurstbridge Line Duplication project. We will continue to follow the directions of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) as we safely complete works on this project.

Staying in touch

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Please contact us on 1800 105 105 or if you would like to speak to a member of the project team or would like more information about the projects.

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