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Works notice – Bell to Moreland, Monday 10 to Sunday 23 August

10 Aug 2020

Work is underway on the Bell to Moreland Level Crossing Removal Project, which will see four level crossings removed on the Upfield line, new stations built at Moreland and Coburg, and new open space created beneath the elevated rail line.

Major construction to build and commission the new elevated rail line in only three and a half months has begun. Over the course of the rail closure, you will notice a significant increase in types of works, construction vehicles, and workers in the rail corridor.

Construction on the Bell to Moreland level crossing removal project has been deemed critical under Stage 4 restrictions and works will continue with strict health and safety protocols in place. The health and safety of our workforce and community remains our top priority. Under new restrictions workers on these sites are required to wear face coverings unless they meet any of the criteria for an exception such as a medical condition or for OH&S guidelines. Physical distancing measures are in place as well as increased hygiene practices.

Disruptions

For those who need to travel for essential reasons, there may be some disruptions that will affect your journey.

When using public transport or replacement buses for essential reasons:

  • Everyone must wear a mask unless an exemption applies.
  • Extra cleaning is being carried out on all bus replacement services to keep passengers and staff safe. All services, stops and stations are being disinfected and sanitised every day.
  • Commuters are being asked to practice good hygiene while using public transport. Wash your hands with soap and water before and after you travel—sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow. If you are unwell, stay at home.
  • Passengers are being reminded to keep their distance where they can and try travelling outside peak times when fewer people are using the network. When using escalators, try to stand four steps away from the person in front and avoid walking up or down.

For more information and advice about the coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au

Construction hours

There will be construction activity 24 hours a day, seven days a week, along the rail corridor between Gaffney Street, Coburg and Albion Street, Brunswick.

Construction activities

Descriptions of the construction activities taking place between Monday 10 August to Sunday 23 August can be found below

Location (North to South)

Activity

Traffic impact

Area 6 – Gaffney

Street to Bell Street

  • Bored piling works
  • Combined Service Route installation
  • Concrete pours
  • Construction of abutments and retaining walls
  • Drainage works
  • Ground improvement works
  • Hardstand construction
  • Bell Street closed between Hudson and Gilmour streets from 7pm Friday 21 August to 7am Monday 24 August
  • Gilmour Street closed at Bell Street until late 2020

Traffic management in place until late 2020 at:

  • Main Street
  • O'Hea Street

Traffic management in place until Sunday 23 August at:

  • Gaffney Street
  • On-street parking occupied at northern end of Main Street

Area 5 – Bell Street

to Munro Street

(including Coburg

Station Precinct)

  • Bored piling works
  • Concrete pours
  • Construction of footings and structures for rail line
  • Hardstand construction
  • New station buildings
  • Utilities works
  • Northern pedestrian crossing at Bell Street closed until late 2020

Traffic management in place until late 2020 at:

  • Bell Street
  • Victoria Street
  • Intermittent traffic management in place between 9pm and 5am from Monday 10 August to late 2020 at the corner of Munro Street and Sydney Road

Area 4 – Munro

Street to Reynard

Street

  • Bored piling works
  • Concrete pours
  • Construction of footings and structures for rail line
  • Hardstand construction
  • Railway Place closed until late 2020
  • Northern pedestrian crossing at Munro Street closed until late 2020
  • Traffic management in place on Munro Street until late 2020

Area 3 – Reynard Street to Moreland Station

  • Bored piling works
  • Concrete pours
  • Construction of footings and structures for rail line
  • Hardstand construction
  • Reynard Street closed at the level crossing until late 2020
  • Parking occupied on northern side of Reynard Street, between Railway Place and Sydney Road
  • Until late 2020, Reynard Street and Carron Street pedestrian crossings will close at times to safely facilitate major works

Traffic management in place until late 2020 at:

  • Audley Street
  • Carron Street
  • Woolacott Street
  • Intermittent traffic management in place between 9pm and 5am from Monday 10 August to late 2020 at corner of Reynard Street and Sydney Road

Area 2 – Moreland

Station Precinct

  • Bored piling works
  • Concrete pour
  • Construction of footings and structures for rail line
  • Hardstand construction
  • New station buildings
  • Northern pedestrian crossing at Moreland Road closed until late 2020

Traffic management in place until late 2020 at:

  • Cameron Street
  • Moreland Road
  • Station Street
  • Intermittent traffic management in place between 9pm and 5am from Monday 10 August to late 2020 at corner of Moreland and Sydney roads

Area 1 – Moreland Road to Albion Street

  • Abutment construction
  • Bored piling works
  • Concrete pours
  • Construction of footings and structures for rail line
  • Hardstand construction
  • Colebrook Street southbound lane closure until late 2020 – northbound traffic maintained
  • Some parking required on Colebrook Street until late 2020

Map of works area

Map of the six works areas on Bell to Moreland project, as described above.

Buses replace trains

Until last service Sunday 15 November, buses replace trains on sections of the Upfield Line as we work around the clock.

Dates

Buses between

Until Sunday 8 November

Brunswick* and Upfield

Monday 9 November to Sunday 15 November

City (Flagstaff) and Upfield

*Trains continue to Anstey

A range of alternative transport options, including a combination of buses, trams and trains, will be available to get you to your destination.

Plan your journey at ptv.vic.gov.au/upfield or call 1800 800 007.

Environmental management

There will be a significant increase in the volume and intensity of activities throughout major construction. As a result, you may experience some level of noise, vibration and dust.

The team conducts ongoing noise, air quality and vibration monitoring across the project area. To help manage noise, vibration and air quality, we will:

  • Switch off machinery when it is not required
  • Ensure light towers are positioned away from residences
  • Shield at the source of loud noises
  • Select less noisy equipment where possible
  • Use water carts to control dust
  • Be in contact with impacted residents prior to works.

Keeping in touch

To make sure we can keep you informed about this project and share future works notifications, please visit our website and sign-up for our e-mail newsletters.

Visit our website to sign up.

You can also contact our 24/7 call centre on 1800 105 105 or contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au

Every effort will be made to complete the works on schedule however these dates are subject to change.

Thank you for your patience while these works continue.

Construction activity descriptions

Activity

Detail

Bored piling works

These works involve drilling four holes deep into the ground and filling them with concrete. The area around the four piles at surface level is excavated, and formwork and reinforcement are installed using cranes and hand tools. Concrete is then poured into the formwork to make an even surface for the elevated rail line. Piling works can cause periods of high noise.

Combined Service Route Installation (CSR)

Installation of the new CSR are continuing throughout the project area. The CSR will hold the power and signalling for the new elevated rail line. Installation requires a trench to be dug using an excavator and non-destructive digging (NDD) machine. These works can cause periods of high noise and may require road closures and the occupation of car parking. Directly impacted residents will be contacted prior to works.

Concrete pours

Piling, pier construction, station and ground improvement works all require concrete pours. Concrete pours must be continuous to ensure structural integrity.

Construction of abutments and retaining walls

Pre-cast concrete panels are installed to form the retaining walls and abutments for the start the elevated rail. A crane is required for these works. There will be periods of noise and traffic management to facilitate deliveries.

Construction of structures for rail line

Construction of footings and structures for the rail line involves excavation, formwork, installation of steel reinforcement, concrete pours and delivery and installation of pre-cast concrete structural elements such as piers, crossheads, portals and L-beams.

Drainage works

Installing new drainage infrastructure involves saw cutting, excavators, non-destructive digging, hand tools, backfilling and reinstatements works. There will be intermittent periods of high noise.

Ground improvement works

Ground conditions along the project area will be improved by saw cutting concreted areas, excavating layers of soil, pouring concrete and backfilling with compacted soil. Saw cutting, excavation and compaction rollers can cause periods of high noise and vibration.

Hardstand construction

Hardstand working platforms are being built along the project area to create a safe and stable surface for heavy construction equipment. These works include excavation, delivery of materials and soil compaction to ensure ground stability. There are also quality requirements that require some high intensity vibration using compaction rollers.

New station buildings

We are starting to build the new Coburg and Moreland stations, with works including installation of new services, pouring concrete slabs and installing structural steel for new stairs and lift shafts.

Utilities works

Installing power infrastructure for the new Coburg Station. These works include saw cutting and excavating, and there will be periods of high noise.

Changes to how you travel

  • Traffic management is in place for the safety of the community and workforce. Follow the signage and instructions from traffic management when travelling around the project area.
  • At various times, we will temporarily close roads, lanes and occupy parking space.
  • Impacted residents and traders will be notified of traffic disruptions.
  • Pedestrian or vehicle access will be maintained to properties, unless otherwise advised.

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