The Andrews Government has today announced three rail-upgrade projects are close to completion.
One will involve closing parts of the Pakenham and Cranbourne lines between May 29 and June 17. Passengers travelling between Caulfield and Dandenong will need to use replacement bus services during this time.
The closing is to complete the final stages of the $1.6 billion skyrail project, which will replace level crossings at Murrumbeena Road, Grange Road, Poath Road and Koornang Road, between Caulfield and Dandenong. When the skyrail opens on June 18, two new stations will be in use at Murrumbeena and Carnegie, followed later in the year by a new station at Hughesdale
Frequency of evening services will be increased on Melbourne’s busiest train line, with weekday trains running between Dandenong and the city every 10 minutes, from 7pm 10pm.
Three new stations will open in Melbourne’s northern suburbs when the $600 million Mernda line extension is done. The project involves an eight-kilometre extension to the South Morang line, and it’s expected an extra 8000 commuters will use it. There will be an extra 980 services per week extending from South Morang to Mernda.
The line’s timetable overhaul will also include five more peak-hour services in the morning from Mernda, and four more outbound services in the evening.
The Hurstbridge line will also get a new timetable with two extra weekday services when tunnelling and more level-crossing works are completed. The works include the removal of level crossings at Grange Road, Alphington and Lower Plenty Road, Rosanna. $140.2 million will also be spent to fix the bottleneck between Heidelberg and Rosanna stations (and a new Rosanna station will be built).