Rockbank Station works
We’ve made good progress on the Rockbank Station rebuild, including installing the new overpass and platform canopies, building lift shafts and stairwells and starting work on the new car park.
The next step is to demolish and rebuild the station platforms. To do this safely trains will not stop to pick up or drop off passengers at Rockbank Station for a period of two months.
Rockbank Station changes
Coaches will replace trains on the Ballarat line for two weeks from Monday 24 June to Sunday 7 July.
Train services will resume on the Ballarat line from Monday 8 July, with the exception of Rockbank Station, where trains will not stop to pick up or drop off passengers until late August while the two platforms are demolished and rebuilt.
This is the only way we can safely demolish the existing platforms and build new, longer platforms as well as other major structures.
When the station is reopened, passengers will have modern facilities with new platforms, an overpass with ramps and lifts, myki equipment, new car park with 350 spaces as well as bus and taxi bays, secure bike storage and drop-off zones.
Coaches replace trains
Coaches will replace trains for the entire journey between Ballarat/Wendouree and Southern Cross Station from Monday 24 June to Sunday 7 July.
Passengers are asked to allow an extra 45 minutes travel time.
From Monday 8 July, shuttle buses will run between Rockbank Station and Caroline Springs Station, connecting with train services.
Taxis will be available for passengers as necessary.
Passengers are asked to allow an extra 15 minutes travel time.
Car park changes
From Monday 24 June access to the existing temporary car park at Rockbank Station will be closed and part of the new car park will be open on the northern side of the line near Leakes Road (see map below). Replacement coaches and shuttle buses will leave from this area.
Plan your journey
Passengers are urged to plan their journey at vline.com.au or by calling 1800 800 007. Temporary timetables will be available online.
What we are doing
Continuous 24-hour works - 12.01am Monday 24 June – 11.59pm Sunday 7 July
For the safety of our workers and all passengers, we will undertake the following work while trains are not running:
- Track work including a closure of the Leakes Road level crossing from Sunday 30 June until Tuesday 2 July
- Demolition and removal of the existing platforms and pedestrian level crossing
- Construction of station platforms and new canopies on the southern platform.
Train services will resume on the Ballarat line on Monday 8 July, but will not be stopping at Rockbank.
Rockbank Station closure
8 July – late-August 2019, 7am-6pm Monday to Saturday
During normal working hours, we will continue construction on the station rebuild including:
- Installation of new station services including lights, CCTV, lifts and myki equipment
- Completion of overpass ramps and overpass finishes
- Paving of the northern and southern forecourts and entrances
- Station fitout including cladding, landscaping, line marking of floor surfaces, bench seating, signage and handrails.
When the station is reopened some work will continue, including landscaping and paths.
Out of hours works and deliveries
During this period some work activities and deliveries may be undertaken out of hours.
Directly impacted residents and businesses will be notified in advance.
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.
What to be aware of
- Machinery and workers near level crossings, on local roads and within the rail corridor
- Reduced speed limits, signs and traffic management staff
- Dust generation. Where necessary, water carts will be used for dust suppression
- Access to homes and businesses will be maintained at all times.
Detour routes and traffic impacts
Leakes Road level crossing closure
The Leakes Road level crossing will be closed from Sunday 30 June until Tuesday 2 July to rebuild the track through this section.
The following detours will be in place as per the map overleaf:
- City-bound traffic: Detour via Greigs Road and Hopkins Road
- Melton-bound traffic: Detour via Greigs Road and Mt Cottrell Road
- Station access: Vehicle and pedestrian access will be via the northern side of the Leakes Road level crossing.
Please allow an extra 10 minutes travel time.