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Metro Tunnel

Construction on the south eastern lines

To take full advantage of the extra capacity on the rail network created by the Metro Tunnel and its new High Capacity Metro Trains, a range of upgrades are proposed on the Sandringham, Cranbourne and Pakenham lines.

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TimingWhere What's happening

May to June 2021

Caulfield to Sandown Park

Construction is continuing between Caulfield and Sandown Park stations to install next-generation High Capacity Signalling trackside equipment and signalling technology.

For the safety of rail users and our workers, some of these activities can only be performed at night, when trains are not running.

Some sections of the Djerring Trail shared user path near Westall station, along Rayhur Street and Westall Road, will be temporarily closed. Access to the Wordsworth Avenue, Clayton South pedestrian crossing will be restricted. Up to 50 car parking spaces near Westall station will be closed in stages until July 2021.

Closures will be clearly signed with traffic management and detours in place. Pedestrian access to Westall station will be maintained.

These works will occur:

Day works, 3 May to 30 June

  • 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
  • 7am to 1pm, Saturdays.

Night works (9pm to 4am)

  • 31 May to 3 June.

24-hour works

  • 28 to 31 May
  • 25 to 28 June.

These works are expected to generate medium levels of noise.

For more information, see the Caulfield to Sandown Park works notification, May to June 2021 (PDF, 537.8 KB).

March to April 2021

Malvern and Caulfield Stations

We are installing relocatable equipment buildings (REBs) at Malvern and Caulfield Stations, to house rail services equipment.

Works will include digging, the use of heavy machinery including cranes, and installation of foundations, drainage, and signalling and services infrastructure.

Vegetation, including two large cypress trees in poor health, will be removed to accommodate the REBs. We are replacing two trees for every one tree removed by the project.

These works will occur:

10 March to 30 April

  • 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
  • 7am to 1pm, Saturdays.

These works are expected to generate medium levels of noise with some high-level peaks. These works may also generate some low level vibration

For more information, see the Malvern to Caulfield, works notification PDF, 110.5 KB.

March to April 2021

Caulfield to Sandown Park

Work is being undertaken at various locations along the Cranbourne/Pakenham line to prepare the rail corridor for implementation of High Capacity Signalling (HCS). HCS is the technology that will be installed in the Metro Tunnel and along sections of the Cranbourne, Pakenham and Sunbury lines to deliver more trains during peak periods.

To facilitate safe access to the rail corridor, public access to the Djerring Trail shared user path between Caulfield Station and Sandown Park will be intermittently restricted. Works taking place will include non-destructive digging, installation of trackside equipment, retaining wall construction and drilling.

These works will occur:

1 March to 30 April

  • 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
  • 7am to 1pm, Saturdays
  • Some low-noise works may be undertaken during nights in March and April when trains are not running (9pm to 4am).

These works are expected to generate medium levels of noise.

For further details, see the Caulfield to Sandown Park works notification, March-April, 2021 PDF, 543.0 KB

November 2020, ongoing

Sandown Road, Springvale

Works will include installation of trackside equipment and signalling technology. To support testing related to these works, we are establishing a material and equipment storage site at the former Springvale substation at 18 Sandown Road, Springvale.

From 2 November, works will include excavation, earthworks, installation of barrier fencing and the use of heavy machinery and vehicles. The site will be used as a site office with worker amenities, as an access point into the rail corridor and for delivery and storage of construction materials and equipment. The site will continue to be used intermittently during Metro Tunnel construction.

From 9 November, eight trees within the site will be removed to enable the site to be built and accessed safely. An arborist and ecologist will inspect and supervise the works to ensure fauna is not impacted during the removal. The trees will be mulched and local reuse options are being explored.

These works will occur:

Construction site establishment

  • 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
  • 7am to 1pm, Saturdays.

Construction site use

  • 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
  • 7am to 1pm, Saturdays
  • 24-hour access during most rail disruption periods from 2020.

Medium to high levels of noise are expected during site establishment. Machinery such as excavators, rollers and graders may cause some dust and vibration.

For further details, see:

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