The Victorian Government has announced works on the Hurstbridge Line Duplication will step up in September to ensure more trains can run on time and reduce overcrowding during peak times.
Crews working on the 3.5km Hurstbridge Line Duplication will work around the clock for 14 days in September 2022 to install the new 50m-long Plenty River rail bridge at Greensborough.
Works will also begin to build platforms for the new Montmorency Station, extend Diamond Creek Station platform two and install a new pedestrian crossing behind Diamond Valley College.
Victorian Member for Eltham, Vicki Ward, said, “It’s great to see work starting on our new station at Montmorency. The project is really starting to take shape and we’re looking forward to more frequent and reliable services.
“The new stations, plus new parking and our new trail will make using public transport in our community so much easier.”
During this time, buses will replace trains from Tuesday 6 September 2022 to last service Monday 19 September to allow crews to safety and efficiently get on with the job.
The project is on schedule to be completed by mid-2023, with pre-works already delivered to allow the duplication of 2km of track between Greensborough and Montmorency and 1.5km between Diamond Creek and Wattle Glen.
Works at the two new stations at Greensborough and Montmorency are underway following significant works in July that included the installation of nine beams, each 24m long and weighing 36 tonnes, to form the new Greensborough Station’s concourse and pedestrian crossing.
Victorian Minister for Transport Infrastructure, Jacinta Allan, said, “It’s great to see significant progress being made on the Hurstbridge Line Duplication, with trains on target to run along 3.5km of new track and stop at the new, modern Greensborough and Montmorency stations by mid-2023.
“This vital upgrade will ensure the growing communities in the northe-ast will have better access to public transport with modern station facilities and more trains, more often.”
Across Para Road from the new Greensborough Station, a 100-space car park and bus interchange will open to provide more options to park, catch the train ,and access shops and services.
Victorian Member for Bundoora, Colin Brooks, said, “The new Greensborough Station is starting to take shape with the beams for the new concourse and pedestrian crossing installed – improving connections and creating a better link from the shops to the Plenty River Trail.”
At Montmorency, piling has been carried out to stabilise and strengthen the soil as part of preparation works to build the new station, which will complement the area’s unique look and feel.
These works are part of the Victorian Government’s Big Build, which will see $20 billion invested in Melbourne’s northeast to improve the road and rail network, including the Hurstbridge Line Duplication, Fitzsimmons Lane Upgrade and removing 12 dangerous and congested level crossings.