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Caroline Springs to Melton

Coaches will replace trains between Southern Cross, Melton and Bacchus Marsh between Saturday 19 October and Thursday 24 October to allow for V/Line maintenance and Ballarat Line Upgrade construction at Hopkins Road.

Caroline Springs to Melton works map


Monday to Saturday 7am – 6pm throughout October

We will be undertaking the following works in the rail corridor and station areas including:

  • Duplicating the rail track across Hopkins Road in Rockbank between Saturday October 19 and Tuesday 22 October 2019 (road closure)
  • Continued construction works at Cobblebank Station
  • Earthworks and drainage work along various sections of the rail corridor
  • Works at Toolern Creek bridge including ongoing reinstatement of the public reserve
  • Work site demobilisation at Rockbank Station.


From Saturday 19 October to Tuesday 22 October, we’ll be temporarily closing Hopkins Road at Rockbank between Sheahan and Greigs Roads.

Work on the Hopkins Road level crossing will include:

  • Laying new track across the level crossing to tie into the new second rail track between Melton and Deer Park west
  • Rebuilding and asphalting the road approaches to the level crossing
  • Painting new line markings.

Continuous 24 hour works – 12:01am Saturday 19 October to 11:59pm Tuesday 22 October

For the safety of workers, some construction work at the Hopkins Road level crossing will need to be undertaken
while trains are not running.

Detour routes and traffic management will be in place throughout the temporary road closure.

You will not be able to access the Western Freeway to or from Hopkins Road.

  • Southbound traffic: Western Freeway to Leakes Road to Greigs Road. Alternative option is Western Freeway
    to Robinsons Road
  • Northbound traffic: Greigs Road to Leakes Road
  • There will be no pedestrian access during this time across Hopkins Road level crossing.

During this time, we encourage you to plan ahead and consider alternate detour options.

Hopkins Road Closure


12.01am Saturday 19 October to 11.59pm Thursday 24 October

Part of the Ballarat line will be closed to trains, which will allow for continuous works to take place.

Most of the Ballarat Line Upgrade construction during this time will be at the Hopkins Road level crossing.

Directly impacted residents and businesses will be notified in advance of work impacts during this line closure.


  • Site deliveries and staff movements around the station precincts and site construction zones
  • Vehicles, machinery and workers near level crossings, on local roads and within the rail corridor
  • Dust generation. Where necessary, water carts will be used for dust suppression
  • Increased noise and lighting in the rail corridor.

No impacts to existing services to your property are expected from our project works.


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

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

We will notify residents and businesses if there are any significant changes to the program.

All planned works are dependent on suitable weather and ground conditions.


Traffic management and reduced speed limits may be in place for the safety of workers and the public at the following locations:

  • Hopkins Road level crossing (closed 19-22 October)
  • Troups Road North level crossing (closed until the crossing is commissioned in late 2019)
  • Leakes Road level crossing
  • Mt Cottrell Road level crossing
  • Paynes Road level crossing
  • Ferris Road level crossing
  • Exford Road level crossing
  • Coburns Road level crossing
  • James Melrose Drive
  • Abey Road and Brooklyn Road.


Coaches will replace trains between Southern Cross, Melton and Bacchus Marsh between Saturday 19 October and Thursday 24 October to allow for V/Line maintenance and Ballarat Line Upgrade construction at Hopkins Road.

For more information about V/Line services, please contact: 1800 800 007 (6am to midnight daily – all night Friday
and Saturday) or visit

Thank you for you patience as we undertake these critical works on the Ballarat line.

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