Main works are set to begin ‘shortly’ on the Hurstbridge line upgrade project with the construction contract awarded to Abigroup.
Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder said the $60.8 million upgrade will improve the reliability and efficiency of the Hurstbridge line.
“The project includes the addition of two new stabling tracks at the Eltham stabling yard and a signalling upgrade between Greensborough and Hurstbridge,” Mr Mulder said.
“Currently, trains operating on the Hurstbridge line are stabled on the Epping line and in Melbourne.
“Adding two new stabling tracks at Eltham will mean fewer trains will have to be transferred from other lines to travel on the Hurstbridge line.
“The upgrade to automatic signalling between Greensborough and Hurstbridge railway stations will enable more than one train to travel in the same direction along the single line track.”
The first stage of the project has been completed. This included the relocation and upgrade of the pedestrian crossing near Eltham railway station and an upgrade of the shared pathway adjacent to the rail line.
The Hurstbridge line upgrade project is scheduled for completion in 2013.