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Hurstbridge Line Update - May 2018

Hurstbridge Line Update

The Victorian Government has removed two dangerous and congested level crossings along the Hurstbridge line, built a brand new Rosanna Station, and duplicated the single section of track between Heidelberg and Rosanna. This will make communities safer and get commuters in Melbourne’s north east home sooner.

We’ve completed the construction blitz and our sites in Rosanna, Heidelberg and Alphington have been transformed.

To improve the reliability of services on the Hurstbridge line we've duplicated 1.2km of track. Trains are now running in both directions between Heidelberg and Rosanna for the first time, using the new Burgundy Street bridge and Darebin Street underpass.

The new Rosanna Station has opened and we thank locals for their patience over the past six months. The Lower Plenty Road and Beetham Parade intersection has also been upgraded and improved, and the boom gates are gone forever.

In Alphington, the level crossing has been removed and the rail line has been lowered under Grange Road, with new pedestrian bridges at Hamilton Street and Fulham Road nearly complete. The Hurstbridge Rail Line Upgrade is nearing completion with works wrapping up in mid-2018.

Rosanna Update

After 48 days of non-stop works, the station precinct in Rosanna has been completely transformed. The new Rosanna Station is now operational, with trains running on the rail viaduct over Lower Plenty Road. As many local people will know, there’s been a lot to see in Rosanna.

Our giant 750-tonne crawler crane worked around the clock to lift the 67 concrete beams that formed the 32-metre-long rail viaduct. The crane was also used to lift 11 prefabricated buildings that are the new Rosanna Station.

Hundreds of locals have enjoyed a front seat view of the works, with our team hosting information sessions at various viewing points around the project site as construction took place. Works are continuing until mid-2018 to complete the station public spaces, car parks and changes along Turnham Avenue. Once construction is complete, landscaping will follow, including new public open space.

After 48 days of non-stop works, the station precinct in Rosanna has been completely transformed. The new Rosanna Station is now operational, with trains running on the rail viaduct over Lower Plenty Road. As many local people will know, there’s been a lot to see in Rosanna.

Our giant 750-tonne crawler crane worked around the clock to lift the 67 concrete beams that formed the 32-metre-long rail viaduct. The crane was also used to lift 11 prefabricated buildings that are the new Rosanna Station.

Hundreds of locals have enjoyed a front seat view of the works, with our team hosting information sessions at various viewing points around the project site as construction took place. Works are continuing until mid-2018 to complete the station public spaces, car parks and changes along Turnham Avenue. Once construction is complete, landscaping will follow, including new public open space.

Did you know?

  • 67 Super T beams were used in the new rail viaduct, weighing up to 50 tonnes each
  • Our 750-tonne crawler crane had an average speed of 1.65km per hour, which is slower than a house spider! (1.8km per hour)

Upgrading local access

Lower Plenty Road has been upgraded to improve access for vehicles and pedestrians, with the addition of traffic lights at various locations and levelling the road underneath the new rail bridge.

Traffic lights have been placed at the Beetham Parade and Lower Plenty Road intersection. The slip lane entry to Rosanna Village has been relocated to come off Lower Plenty Road, with a new public space to open alongside Beetham Parade. See the map below to read more about road and pedestrian improvements.

Heidelberg Update

Works in Heidelberg are almost complete and there’s been remarkable changes in the rail corridor between Heidelberg and Rosanna stations.

During our time here, we’ve built a new underpass alongside the existing Darebin Street tunnel, duplicated the rail bridge over Burgundy Street, widened the rail corridor to make way for the second set of rail tracks and installed new retaining walls behind Manton Street Reserve and on either side of Burgundy Street bridge.

To say that our project has been big would be an understatement. The enormity of our works has been evident throughout the major milestones, from the breakthrough of the 69-metre underpass at Darebin Street, to installing the new Burgundy Street bridge.

Passengers travelling to the city on the Hurstbridge line now ride on duplicated tracks over the new Burgundy Street rail bridge, through the Darebin Street underpass and stop at the new Rosanna Station!

Did you know?

  • More than 10 kilometres of new track has been installed as part of the Hurstbridge Rail Line Upgrade.
  • The Hurstbridge Rail Line Upgrade supported 1,000 jobs during peak construction.

Landscaping works to come

Now that the track has been duplicated, the project team will be landscaping around Burgundy Street to recreate the previous tree line beside the railway line. These works will include a small public forecourt on the northern side of Burgundy Street.

The soft landscaping aims to extend and enhance Heidelberg’s leafy character, using native species from the area. These plants are most suited to the growing conditions and also provide habitat for fauna. The small public forecourt will create a recreational space for the community, and include natural stone paving, seating and a new Pin Oak specimen tree.

On the southern side, there is limited space available for landscaping opportunities, however, new trees and planting will be included, as well as the provision of a new bus stop and asphalt paving under the new rail bridge.

On the south-west corner of Darebin and Hawdon streets, anti-throw screens will be installed to protect the rail line, and planting will consist of low-maintenance plants and paved surfaces.

Project timeline

DateProgress
Early 2017 Contract awarded for the Hurstbridge Rail Line Upgrade
Feb - July 2017 Major construction started
Works started on Darebin Street underpass
Aug–Dec 2017 Installed bridge foundations at Grange Road 
Started foundations for new rail bridge and station at Rosanna
Closed Rosanna Station for demolition
Early - Mid 2018 Track duplicated between Heidelberg and Rosanna stations
Darebin Street underpass completed
Burgundy Street bridge completed
Install bridge and dig rail trench at Grange Road
Continue construction on the new Rosanna rail bridge and station
 Grange Road and Lower Plenty Road level crossings removed
 New Rosanna Station opens
Mid 2018 Landscaping, car park and finishing works done
Project fully completed.

Grange Road Update

The level crossing at Grange Road is now a distant memory.

The new rail line is open with trains travelling under Grange Road for the first time. Thanks for your patience while Grange Road was closed – we were able to excavate 30,000 cubic metres of soil and install 17 bridge beams, weighing up to 40 tonnes each, for the new road bridge.

The two new pedestrian bridges are in place ready to open once the shared user paths are complete, improving connectivity for the local community. With the Chandler Highway Upgrade project due to be completed by the end of 2018, this stretch of road will be completely transformed.

Did you know?

30,000 cubic metres of soil and rock was excavated to make way for the rail trench 17 bridge beams, weighing 40 tonnes each used to construct the Grange Road bridge 2,400 rock bolts and soil nails installed for ground reinforcement 3,200 metres squared of shotcreting on the trench walls (spraying concrete)

The big dig in progress

Upcoming works

While the level crossing has now been removed, you will still see some works happening over the coming months.

Landscaping and shared user paths Work will start on landscaping along Wingrove Street and Ravenscourt Place, and installing new walking and cycling paths.

Wingrove Street Works will continue to take place to asphalt, install curbs and line-mark Wingrove Street. Following on from this, Wingrove Street will be returned to a two-way street with on-street parking reinstated on the north side of the road.

Site offices The site offices located on the VicTrack land off Hamilton Street will be removed, and the land handed back to VicTrack. The temporary traffic lights on the corner of Heidelberg and Grange roads, which were used for heavy vehicle access, will also be removed.

Ravenscourt Place Throughout the construction blitz, work has taken place to install a drainage system within the rail trench to pump out water from rainfall and prevent flooding. At road level on Ravenscourt Place, a bio-retention treatment area will be used to help improve the quality of stormwater run-off from the trench.

Ravenscourt Place will be improved with a range of landscaping treatments including a mix of rocky, mulched and planted garden beds, outdoor seating, decking, trees and concrete stairs from the new pedestrian bridge. Additionally, the road will be resurfaced and vehicles will be able to use Ravenscourt Place to make left and right turns onto Grange Road.

Works are on, shops are open! Please continue to support your local shops during the level crossing removal works.Lifting the bridge deck into place over Lower Plenty Road.

Lifting the bridge deck into place over Lower Plenty Road

Lifting the bridge deck into place over Lower Plenty Road

Upcoming disruptions

We're working hard to minimise disruptions for residents, commuters, local businesses and shoppers wherever possible. However, there will continue to be some disruptions until mid-2018, including the following:

Rail

WhenDetails
Friday 25 May to Monday 28 May 2018 Buses will replace trains on sections of the Hurstbridge Line

Road

WhenDetails
Until mid-2018 Rosanna Turnham Avenue becomes one-way (southbound only)
Until late May 2018 Heidelberg The pedestrian rail crossing at St James Road will be closed

For journey planning and service information, visit the PTV website or call 1800 800 007.

Please note that these dates may change. Detailed information on any closures will be published in advance on the disruptions page, or you can contact the project team on 1800 105 105.

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