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Current works

Works are underway for the Ballarat Line Upgrade:

Coburns Road level crossing - Melton Reservoir

What we are doing

During normal working hours, a range of works will be undertaken in this area:

  • Preparation of a construction access point between James Melrose Drive and the rail corridor
  • Earthworks in the rail corridor
  • Removal of up to three trees from the nature strip
  • A site caravan will be established within the reserve adjacent to the rail corridor.

Out of hours works - 11.59pm Friday 25 May – 4.01am Saturday 26 May

Minor works will be undertaken outside normal working hours to ensure they are done safely while train services are not running:

What to be aware of

  • During out of hours works, light towers, a generator and hand tools will be used to safely remove trees
  • Trucks, light vehicles, machinery and workers near the Coburns Road level crossing, on local roads and within the rail corridor
  • Tree and vegetation removal within rail corridor
  • Low levels of dust are expected to be generated while these works take place. Where necessary, water carts will be used for dust suppression
  • Access to residences and businesses will be maintained at all times
  • No impacts to existing services connected to businesses or residences in the area are expected.

Traffic impacts

  • Our site vehicles will require access to the rail corridor from Coburns Road level crossing, and James Melrose Drive
  • From May, these works will require traffic management at times, including temporary speed reductions and lane reductions around the Coburns Road level crossing and James Melrose Drive
  • Other local roads may be impacted by the works, and traffic controllers may be required during working hours adjacent to working areas.

Changes to pedestrian access

  • The current pedestrian pathway adjacent to James Melrose Drive will remain in operation
  • Where necessary during working hours, traffic controllers will be in place to manage the safe movement of construction vehicles and pedestrians on the road and path network.

Maddingley stabling facilities

What we are doing

Monday to Saturday 7am – 6pm, during May

During normal working hours, a range of works will be undertaken in this area:

  • Locating underground services and undertaking soil sampling
  • Utility relocation works to install conduits so vital rail signalling services remain operational throughout our works
  • Earthworks, clearing and grubbing between Hopkins Road and Toolern Creek, and west of Coburns Road for the new rail track

Tree and vegetation removal

Some trees and vegetation will be removed so we can build the new rail tracks and stabling buildings.

We have been working hard through the project design phase to avoid impacts to native trees and vegetation where possible.

All trees impacted by our works are assessed by a qualified arborist and wildlife handlers will be present where necessary.

What to be aware of

  • Trucks, light vehicles, machinery and workers near level crossings, on local roads and within the rail corridor
  • Low levels of dust and where necessary, water carts will be used for dust suppression
  • Lighting during continuous works - light will be directed away from residences
  • Access to residences and businesses will be maintained at all times
  • No impacts to existing services connected to businesses or residences are expected

We will minimise the disruption to local residents by using broadband reversing alarms on mobile machinery and equipment where possible.

Traffic impacts

These works will require traffic management changes, including temporary speed reductions and lane reductions at the following locations:

  • Osborne Street  level crossing
  • Kerrs Road level crossing
  • Rowsley Station Road level crossing

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Ballan Passing Loop

What we are doing

Works have commenced on the new 4.5 kilometre Ballan Passing Loop between Ingliston Road and Old Melbourne Road. The new passing loop will be built to the south of the existing rail line along with new underground services. All of the new infrastructure will be located within the rail corridor.

Millbrook

What we are doing

Monday to Saturday 7am – 6pm, during May

During normal working hours, a range of works will be undertaken in this area:

  • Locating underground services and undertaking soil sampling
  • Utility relocation works to install conduits so vital rail signalling services remain operational throughout our works
  • Earthworks for the passing loop and site compound
  • Access track improvements
  • Tree and vegetation removal within the rail corridor

Tree and vegetation removal

Some trees and vegetation will be removed so we can build the new rail track.

We have been working hard through the project design phase to avoid impacts to native trees and vegetation where possible.

All trees impacted by our works are assessed by a qualified arborist and wildlife handlers will be present where necessary.

We are working with local community groups so trees required for removal can contribute to the environment through use in local reserves for bird and animal habitat, or other community use such as mulch.

What to be aware of

  • Trucks, light vehicles, machinery and workers near level crossings, on local roads and within the rail corridor
  • Low levels of dust and where necessary, water carts will be used for dust suppression
  • Lighting during continuous works will be directed away from residences
  • Access to residences and businesses will be maintained at all times
  • No impacts to existing services to your property are expected

We will minimise the disruption to local residents by using broadband reversing alarms on mobile machinery and equipment where possible.

We will also use noise reduced plant and equipment, and schedule noisy works during normal working hours where possible.

Traffic impacts

These works will require traffic management changes at times around the following locations:

  • Spreadeagle Road
  • Peerewerrh Road

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Rockbank station

Site compound

We will be building a site compound within Rockbank station. The compound will be used to support the upcoming works in the area, and will contain site offices, amenities, construction materials, machinery and equipment.

Changes to car parking

To upgrade the station, we will need to temporarily relocate the current car parking area to the west of the station. There will be no reduction in car park spaces. A pedestrian path will be provided between the temporary car parking area and the southern platform (platform 1). We will also need to close access to the carpark on the northern side, as this will be where the new station carpark will be built.

Pedestrian access

Pedestrian access between platform 1 and Leakes Road will be provided via a temporary path. Pedestrian access to the northern platform (platform 2) is via the pedestrian level crossing from platform 1.

Changes to platforms

There will be some minor changes to platforms to allow us to safely upgrade the station:

  • Extension of the rear fence on platform 2
  • Reduction in width of platform 1
  • Both platforms will remain open

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Hopkins Road - Mt Cottrell Road, Rockbank

Works are underway between Caroline Springs station and Melton including:.

  • Geotechnical investigations to help us further understand local ground conditions.
  • Installing conduits within the rail corridor to ensure vital rail signalling services remain operational during rail duplication.
  • Access track improvements to enable workers and equipment to move freely along the rail corridor.
  • Major earthworks for rail track formation in areas where safety fencing has been installed.
  • Gate and sign installation for the safety of workers at level crossings

These works will require temporary traffic management changes to Leakes Road and other level crossings, and may include speed reductions and traffic controllers during working hours adjacent to the work site.

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Caroline Springs to Melton

What we are doing

During normal working hours (7am – 6pm, Monday to Saturday) a range of works will be undertaken:

  • Earthworks for access tracks and rail track formation in areas where safety barriers have been installed, between Caroline Springs station and Toolern Creek
  • Tree and vegetation removal from the rail corridor, including on the banks of Toolern Creek and the Melton station precinct
  • Temporary fencing the rear of properties along the rail corridor in Rockbank
  • Utility relocation works to install conduits so vital rail signalling services remain operational during rail duplication works
  • Asset protection works including locating existing services along the rail corridor and near level crossings
  • Changes to pedestrian access and parking at Rockbank station
  • Changes to pedestrian access at Toolern Creek rail bridge
  • Establishment of a site compound in the Toolern Creek reserve

Tree and vegetation removal

We have been working hard through the project’s design phase to avoid impacts to native trees and vegetation where possible.

Works carried out to date have resulted in tree and vegetation removal within the rail corridor between Caroline Springs station and Toolern Creek.

Further design work has identified trees and vegetation that will need to be removed within the rail corridor between Toolern Creek and the end of the rail track duplication in Melton, and from the Melton station area.

All trees that will be impacted by our works are assessed by a qualified arborist and wildlife handlers will be present during works where necessary.

We are working with local community groups so that trees that need to be removed can contribute to the environment through the collection of seed prior to removal, use in local reserves for bird and animal habitat, or other community uses such as mulch.

What to be aware of

  • Trucks, light vehicles, machinery and workers near level crossings, on local roads and within the rail corridor
  • Low levels of dust are expected to be generated while these works take place. Where necessary, water carts or other approved methods will be used for dust suppression
  • Access to residences and businesses will be maintained at all times
  • Access for pedestrians and vehicles across public paths and open space will be maintained at all times
  • No impacts to existing services to your property are expected
  • We will minimise the disruption to local residents by using broadband reversing alarms on mobile machinery and equipment where possible. These alarms are quieter than the standard reversing beepers used on most construction sites. We will also use noise reduced plant and equipment, and schedule noisy works during normal working hours where possible

Traffic impacts

These works will require traffic management changes, including temporary speed reductions and lane reductions at the following locations:

  • Hopkins Road level crossing
  • Troups Road North level crossing
  • Leakes Road level crossing
  • Paynes Road level crossing
  • Mount Cottrell Road level crossing
  • Ferris Road level crossing
  • Creek Street and Brooklyn Road
  • Exford Road level crossing
  • Coburns Road level crossing

Other local roads may be impacted by the works, and traffic controllers may be required during working hours adjacent to working areas.

Where applicable, the works will be scheduled outside of peak travel times to minimise the impacts to road users.

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Toolern Creek rail bridge

Works have started on the new Toolern Creek rail bridge, enabling duplicated track to be built from Caroline Springs through to Melton station.

The current pedestrian pathway on the western side of the creek will be diverted around the reserve via the level crossing on Exford Road. Due to construction in this area, pedestrian access cannot be maintained along the creek while these activities are taking place.

We expect to reinstate pedestrian access by the end of 2018.

Download a PDF version of this notification (PDF, 964.5 KB).

Site investigations

We are currently conducting geotechnical, ecological and noise investigations along the rail corridor. These investigations will not disrupt services.

Around 350 geotechnical investigations have been completed along the rail line. The investigations include nearly 90 boreholes and test pits to gather soil and rock samples.

These samples will provide valuable information about the ground conditions in the area and inform the design and construction of the project.

Further site investigations including geotechnical drilling, service locating and ecological assessments will inform the project's detailed design.

Completed works

For details of previous work notifications, visit our completed works page.