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Metro Tunnel

Construction on the Mernda line

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Before High Capacity Signalling is rolled out on the Cranbourne, Pakenham and Sunbury lines and in the Metro Tunnel, the new technology will be put through months of on-site testing and validation.

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We have strict protocols in place to protect the safety of our construction workforce, including enhanced industrial cleaning arrangements, provision of personal protective equipment and measures to reduce staff contact, including staggered shifts.

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That testing site is on a 4.5km length of track on the Mernda line between Epping and South Morang stations. Specially equipped trains are scheduled to be on track for testing in the second half of 2020.

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What's happening

August to September 2020

Between Epping and South Morang stations

Testing of next-generation High Capacity Signalling for the Metro Tunnel will occur along the Mernda line between Epping and South Morang during August September 2020.

These works will occur:

  • From 7pm to 5am:
    • Monday 24 August to Wednesday 26 August
    • Monday 31 August to Friday 4 September
    • Monday 7 September to Friday 11 September
    • Monday 14 September to Friday 18 September
    • Monday 21 September to Friday 25 September

Testing works will require the use of trains at night, when trains are not normally running. The trains will use sounding horns as required.

To ensure these works can take place safely, buses will replace trains from 8.50pm until the last train service on parts of the Mernda line between 24 August to 25 September 2020.

To plan your journey, visit Public Transport Victoria.

For further details, see the High Capacity Signalling Testing works notification, August to September 2020 (PDF, 341.1 KB).

October 2020

Between Epping and South Morang stations

Installation of trackside equipment and testing of next-generation High Capacity Signalling for the Metro Tunnel will continue on the Mernda line in October.

This will require some weekend excavation works at Pindari Avenue. During these works the shared user path that runs alongside the rail corridor will remain open for use. However, traffic management will be in place to enable safe movements of light vehicles.

These works will occur:

  • From 7am to 7pm (Pindari Avenue excavation works):
    • Saturday 3 October to Sunday 4 October
  • From 7pm to 4am (signal testing):
    • Friday 2 October to Monday 5 October
    • Sunday 11 October to Friday 16 October
    • Monday 19 October to Friday 23 October
    • Monday 26 October to Friday 30 October.

These works are expected to generate medium to high levels of noise.

Testing works will require the use of trains at night, when trains are not normally running. The trains will use horns as required.

To ensure these works can take place safely, buses will replace trains between Epping and Mernda stations from 8.50pm on 2 October to the first train on Monday 5 October. Buses will replace trains intermittently between Epping and Mernda stations from 8.50pm to last train between Monday 11 October and Friday 30 October.

To plan your journey, visit Public Transport Victoria.

For further details, see the Mernda line weekend and out of hours works notification, October 2020 (PDF, 133.6 KB).

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