Below Rail Infrastructure, Passenger Rail

Reliability upgrades for Upfield line

Track, signal and electrical upgrades have been taking place on Melbourne’s Upfield line this week in an effort to improve reliability for passengers.

Crews have worked through the first half of the week, compacting rock under the tracks, renewing points, and performing upgrades to improve electrical flow across the line, as part of the $330 million spent each year on the network under the contract between operator Metro Trains and the state government.

Work is taking place between North Melbourne and Upfield stations. Buses have replaced trains during the night works.

“The investment in these essential works will deliver more reliable track, signal and overhead equipment,” member for Broadmeadows Frank McGuire said.

“This will lead to fewer faults and better services on the Upfield line.”

The Upfield line runs from Flinders Street station in Melbourne’s centre, to Upfield north of the city. It caters for more than 262,000 passengers each week.