The state government of Victoria, in Australia, has announced the start of construction on the AUD$395M ($305.1M) Hurstbridge railway line upgrade project in Melbourne.
The scope of the work will include the removal of two dangerous and congested level crossings at Grange Road in Alphington and Lower Plenty Road in Rosanna. Plans also include the construction of a second track to Rosanna, and a new Rosanna station.
The government said that the removal of the crossings will mitigate congestion, improve safety. and – with the duplication of the line between Heidelberg and Rosanna – create space for more trains.
Jacinta Allan, minister for public transport, said: “We’re delivering more frequent and reliable trains right along the Hurstbridge line and work starts now. Dangerous and congested level crossings and sections of single-track don’t belong on a modern train network. They’re relics of the past and we’re getting rid of them.”
The project is anticipated to lead to the creation of about 1,000 jobs during the peak phase of construction. The upgrades are expected to be complete by 2019.
* Data provided by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.