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Sunbury Line Upgrade

Sunbury Line Upgrade will enable more modern trains to run on the line.

To take full advantage of the extra capacity on the rail network created by the Metro Tunnel, a range of enhancements are needed on the Sunbury line to enable High Capacity Metro Trains to run.

The $2.1 billion Sunbury Line Upgrade will see various upgrades within the rail corridor extending from Sunbury to Footscray.

Works include:

  • power upgrades between Sunbury and the Metro Tunnel entrance near South Kensington station
  • platform extensions at ten stations between Sunbury and Footscray
  • installation of wheelchair boarding platforms at eight stations
  • train stabling upgrades at Sunbury, Calder Park and Watergardens.

Sunbury Line Upgrade was funded in the Victorian Budget. Works are anticipated to begin in 2019 and the project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2023.

Site investigations and preparatory works

Before construction can begin to extend the platforms, works are required to investigate ground conditions and confirm the location of any underground services.

Sunshine Station

11pm, Friday 16 August to 4am, Monday 19 August

  • Non-destructive digging (NDD) trucks will operate adjacent to the rail corridor at Sunshine Station on the Station Place side to investigate the location of underground services
  • These works are expected to create medium levels of noise and vibration.

Map of works at Sunshine Station

Tottenham Station

11pm, Friday 16 August to 4am, Monday 19 August

  • Non-destructive digging (NDD) trucks will operate within the rail corridor, entering from Sunshine Road to investigate the location of underground services
  • These works are expected to create medium levels of noise and vibration.

Map of works around Tottenham Station

Middle Footscray Station

11pm, Friday 16 August to 4am, Monday 19 August

  • Non-destructive digging (NDD) trucks will operate within the rail corridor, entering from Buckley Street to investigate the location of underground services
  • These works are expected to create medium levels of noise and vibration.

Map of works around Middle Footscray Station.

Footscray Station

8pm, Thursday 15 August to 4am, Monday 19 August

  • To investigate ground conditions and confirm the location of any underground services, non-destructive digging trucks will operate within the rail corridor, entering from Leunig Place
  • Works to construct a bored pile that will form the foundation of the extended platform
  • These works are expected to create medium levels of noise and vibration
  • A concrete pump will be set up on the pedestrian footpath on Irving Street adjacent to the rail corridor. During these works the footpath will be closed and pedestrian detours in place
  • The westbound lane on Irving Street will also be narrowed for the duration of these works to allow concrete trucks to park adjacent to the rail corridor.

Map of works around Footscray Station.

Traffic and transport impacts

  • To ensure the safety of the general public and our workers, some of these activities can only be conducted when trains are not operating
  • Construction vehicles, including trucks, will be travelling on local roads to access the rail corridor
  • Traffic controllers will be present at all times to assist construction vehicle access, pedestrians and cyclist movements around construction sites.

Travel changes

To ensure the 24-hour works can take place safely, buses will replace trains on sections of the Sunbury Line from 8.30pm to last service on Thursday 15 August, and from 12.30am Saturday 17 August to the last service on Sunday 18 August.

For further details and to plan your journey, visit ptv.vic.gov.au.

Hours of work

Normal construction hours

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

Out of hours

  • Some works are required to take place out of normal construction hours.

24 hours

  • 24-hour works are sometimes required during peak construction activities.

Out of hours works and site establishment

Watergardens

To support preparatory works in the rail corridor, we are establishing a temporary construction site next to the rail corridor, near the corner of Victoria Road and the Melton Highway in Watergardens. We will also be conducting site and service investigations at Watergardens station to prepare the rail corridor for new infrastructure.

Construction site establishment

  • Two work site caravans will be lifted in place during normal construction hours between Monday 12 August and Monday 19 August
  • This site will support preliminary investigations and geotechnical surveys along the Sunbury Line
  • The site will be used for storage of materials, worker amenities and construction vehicle parking until late 2019.
  • 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
  • 7am to 1pm, Saturdays.

Site and service investigations

  • Non-destructive digging (NDD) trucks will operate inside the rail corridor at Watergardens Station to investigate the location of underground services
  • Two bore holes will be excavated using a drill rig for geotechnical testing.
  • 7am to 6pm, Saturday 10 August
  • 7am to 6pm, Sunday 11 August.

What to be aware of

  • Low to medium levels of noise and vibration are expected during site establishment activities and site and service investigations
  • Noise levels during ongoing use of the Victoria Road site will vary. Information will be provided in future notifications to residents describing noise levels for specific construction activities
  • Construction vehicles will access the site via Victoria Road and the Melton Highway
  • This site will be used to support out of hours works as required. Notification will be provided to residents prior to the site being used for out of hours work
  • Generator-powered lighting towers will be used during any future nightworks. Where possible, they will be positioned to face away from residential properties.

Map of works area around Watergardens Station.

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