Victoria Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder
Works To Begin On The $60 Million Hurstbridge Line Upgrade
Victor P Taffa
Main works are set to begin shortly on the Hurstbridge line upgrade project with the construction contract awarded to Abigroup.
Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder said the $60.8 Million upgrade will improve the reliability and efficiency of the Hurstbridge line.
“The project includes the addition of two new stabling tracks at the Eltham stabling yard and a signalling upgrade between Greensborough and Hurstbridge.” Mr. Mulder said.
“Currently, trains operating on the Hurstbridge line are stabled on the Epping line and in Melbourne.”
“Adding two new stabling tracks at Eltham will mean fewer trains will have to be transferred from other lines to travel on the Hurstbridge line.”
“The upgrade to automatic signalling between Greensborough and Hurstbridge railway stations will enable more than one train to travel in the same direction along the single line track.”
Member for Northern Metropolitan Craig Ondarchie said these improvements would help free up the track and increase capacity in the timetable to add extra peak hour trains on the Hurstbridge line.
“The local community will see preparatory works in the area over the next few weeks in the lead up to the start of the main works.” Mr. Ondarchie said.
During the course of the upgrade, project staff will provide regular updates and information to the local community and key stakeholders.
Detailed information about construction activities and any changes to road conditions and rail operations will also be provided in advance to those affected.
The Hurstbridge line upgrade project will involve:
- Reconfiguring the Eltham stabling yards to add two extra tracks, bringing the total to five.
- Upgrading 15 km of signalling between Greensborough and Hurstbridge railway stations.
- Building a new section of track north of the Diamond Street level crossing to allow trains to enter and exit the stabling yard independently of the main rail line.
- Constructing a new substation at Sherbourne Road in Montmorency to provide additional power supply to support the new infrastructure on the Hurstbridge line.
- Modifying the car park on Youth Road to provide facilities for rail staff, while retaining the same number of car parking spaces for rail passengers.
- Improving the visual amenity of Eltham railway station with landscaping and fencing.
- Establishing a heritage exhibit near Eltham railway station to display the historical manual signalling equipment.
The first stage of the project has been completed. This included the relocation and upgrade of the pedestrian crossing near Eltham railway station and an upgrade of the shared pathway adjacent to the rail line.
The Hurstbridge line upgrade project is scheduled for completion in 2013.
The project is being delivered by Metro Trains Melbourne on behalf of the Department of Transport.