Waurn Ponds to Grovedale signalling upgrades
From October 2020 to late 2020
Early works will start soon on signalling upgrades as part of the Waurn Ponds Station upgrade, to enable more frequent and reliable train services for passengers in this growing community.
Thank you for your patience while this important work is underway.
What we are doing
From late September, we will be working in the rail corridor between Anglesea Road in Waurn Ponds and Torquay Road in Grovedale to install communications, power supply and new signalling equipment.
Works will include:
- non-destructive digging and trenching
- laying underground cabling
- installing temporary fencing around the project area to maintain safety
- construction of temporary and permanent access tracks
- drilling and welding to install signalling equipment
- vegetation removal as required.
These works will take place Monday to Friday from 7am to 6pm and Saturday from 8am to 1pm.
What to be aware of
These works are expected to be low impact, however you may notice an increase in noise and dust. There will be machinery, heavy vehicles and workers within the rail corridor, so please be mindful and observe all safety signage in place.
We use a range of measures to minimise dust from construction activities, including placing dust monitors in and around the construction site, staging works to minimise exposed areas and the use of water carts to wet down work areas.
Noise and vibration
To minimise potential noise and vibration impacts we monitor noise and vibration levels to make sure they are within the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) noise control guidelines and limit out-of-hours works.
Works within the rail corridor can affect tree root systems and impact on vegetation stability and health. Vegetation that may pose a safety risk is trimmed or will need to be removed as construction is carried out. We make every effort to protect native vegetation. Where native vegetation cannot be retained, clearance will be approved by relevant authorities and will be offset in an approved location. Before being removed, vegetation is inspected for the presence of wildlife, and qualified handlers are on site to safely rehome wildlife if needed.
Health and safety
Waurn Ponds Station upgrade works are progressing as regional Victoria has reached the Third Step as part of the roadmap to reopening.
Work is continuing safely on Victoria’s Big Build, our biggest transport upgrade ever. Construction on large-scale public infrastructure projects is critical and strict COVID safe Plans are in place on all project sites across Victoria.
The health and safety of our workforce and community remains our top priority. Workers on all of Victoria’s Big Build sites are required to wear face coverings unless they meet any of the criteria for exception – such as a medical condition for Occupational Health and Safety guidelines. Physical distancing measures are in place as well as increased hygiene practices.
For more information and advice about the coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au
Keeping you informed
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