An extended closure along Melbourne’s Sunbury and Bendigo line will take place in October so a pair of level crossings can be removed and $46 million in extra rail upkeep can take place.
The metropolitan line to Sunbury will close between Sunbury and Sunshine stations from October 4 to October 30. V/Line’s Bendigo line, which includes the Sunbury line in its route, will also be closed during this shutdown.
Victoria’s Level Crossing Removal Authority will in this time have roughly 700 construction workers working to lower the rail line below Main and Furlong Roads in St Albans.
Two new stations will also be built at St Albans and Ginifer, and redundant signals, tracks and overhead wiring will also be removed.
A consortium of CPB Contractors, Aurecon and Arcadis, which also includes VicRoads, Public Transport Victoria and Metro Trains Melbourne, is undertaking the level crossing removals and station construction work.
V/Line plans to use the almost month-long stoppage to undertake works to improve the safety and reliability of services on the line out to Bendigo, Swan Hill and Echuca.
A $46 million work program will see V/Line’s contractors work around the clock for four weeks, to replace sleepers and ballast, and to renew rail bridges along a 380-kilometre section of track.
Buses will replace trains on the Sunbury line, and coaches will replace trains on the Bendigo line, during the stoppage.
The CPB Contractors/Aurecon/Arcadis consortium signed a contract to remove the Main and Furlong Road level crossings, along with a level crossing at Heatherdale Road in Mitcham, and another at Blackburn Road in Blackburn, in September 2015.