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Caroline Springs to Melton - Monthly works notification

Works are continuing for the new track from Caroline Springs Station to Melton and upgrading Rockbank Station.

The Ballarat line will be closed after the last service on Friday 7 December until the first service on Monday 17 December so that we can safely work within the rail corridor, day and night.

We will also close the Ferris Road level crossing which will allow us to rebuild the level crossing and road approaches to safe standards, install a pedestrian crossing for the safety of the local community, and build the new station in Cobblebank.

Continuous 24 hours works

12:01 am Saturday 8 December- 11.59 pm Sunday 16 December 2018

During this rail line closure, we will undertake the following works in the rail corridor and station areas:

  • Rockbank Station upgrade works including preparatory works for the new pedestrian overpass and signalling works
  • Works on the new Station at Cobblebank including movement of the existing track and the installation of pre-cast structures
  • Level crossing works at Ferris Road
  • Earthworks, potentially including rock hammering, between Toolern Creek and Exford Road
  • Stormwater drainage installation and extension works under the track at various locations along the rail corridor, including near the Troups Road North level crossing
  • Drainage works for the new track between Mt Cottrell Road and Ferris Road
  • Relocation of water services at Coburns Road level crossing
  • Installation of foundations for a new signalling gantry south of Coburns Road level crossing, at the rear of James Melrose Drive.

Continuous works will be complete and regular train services will resume from the first service on Monday 17 December.

What to be aware of

  • 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 will be used for dust suppression
  • Lighting during continuous works – light will be directed away from residences where possible
  • Increase to noise may be experienced in certain areas, day and night.
  • Access to residences and businesses will be maintained at all times.

Minimising impacts

Where possible we will minimise disruption to local residents in the following ways:

  • Using broadband reversing alarms on mobile machinery that are quieter than reversing ‘beepers’
  • Using noise-reduced plant and equipment
  • Scheduling noisy works during normal working hours where possible.

All planned works are dependent on suitable weather and ground conditions. We will notify residents and businesses if there are any significant changes to the program.

Traffic impacts

Ferris Road level crossing

Ferris Road level crossing will be temporarily closed from Monday 26 November- Tuesday 18 December.

Detours and traffic management will be in place during the temporary closure.

Detour route and traffic impacts

Detour routes and traffic management services will be in place throughout the duration of the temporary road closure:

  • Drivers will be detoured via the newly opened Bridge Road bridge to Exford Road, Melton South
  • Drivers planning to travel on the Western Freeway can then travel via Brooklyn Road and Abey Road to reach Coburns Road and Ferris Road (north of the closure).

Please allow an additional 15 minutes travel time during the disruption.

Map showing the detour routes

Changed traffic conditions and reduced speed limits around level crossings

Ongoing works for the new track and station upgrades will require traffic management changes, including temporary speed and lane reductions at and around the following locations:

  • Troups Road North level crossing
  • Leakes Road level crossing
  • Paynes Road level crossing
  • Exford Road level crossing
  • Coburns Road level crossing
  • Abey Road and Brooklyn Road
  • James Melrose Drive.

Traffic management may be used to direct traffic and pedestrians safely around the work sites. For your safety please obey directions and any signage at or near work areas.

Track machines and test trains will continue to run along the rail tracks during the line closure, so always obey the warning signs at level crossings and take care around trains.

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