5 September 2022
Concourse taking shape at the new Greensborough Station, July 2022.
The second stage of the Hurstbridge Line Duplication will deliver further improvements, including more train services, less crowding on peak trains and better connections to public transport in Melbourne’s north east.
We’re getting on with works at Greensborough, Montmorency and Diamond Creek, including some that will take place around the clock. This will involve rail disruptions so we can continue with duplicating the rail track safely and efficiently.
From 8.30pm Tuesday 6 September to last service Monday 19 September, sections of the rail line will be closed. Buses will replace trains between Macleod and Hurstbridge, and construction will take place 24 hours a day, along the rail line from Greensborough to Montmorency and Diamond Creek to Wattle Glen. During the rail closure, express buses will run between Eltham and Parliament during weekday morning and evening peak times.
More trains, more often
On average, trains will run every:
- 7 minutes from Greensborough
- 10 minutes from Montmorency and Eltham
- 20 minutes from Diamond Creek, Wattle Glen and Hurstbridge.
On project completion, it will also allow for 2 additional services from Hurstbridge.
Preparing for major works in September
Over 2 weeks in September, we will work around the clock along the rail corridor at Greensborough, Montmorency and Diamond Creek to deliver a range of crucial works.
The works will feature installation of the new 50m long Plenty River rail bridge at Greensborough, which will be craned into place in 2 sections. Works will also include the installing the steel frames that will make up the new Greensborough Station structure, building the city bound platform for the new Montmorency Station and extending Diamond Creek Station’s Platform 2.
While we do this, we’ll have traffic management in place to ensure the safety of drivers and pedestrians.
New Greensborough and Montmorency stations taking shape
500-tonne crane at Greensborough station installing 9 36-tonne concrete beams.
The new Greensborough and Montmorency stations are continuing to take shape with significant works taking place earlier in July.
We mobilised a 500-tonne crane to install 9 concrete beams, each 24m long and weighing 36 tonnes.
This will form the new Greensborough Station’s concourse and pedestrian crossing, which will be open for passenger use in 2023.
At Montmorency we carried out piling works to stabilise and strengthen the soil as part of preparation works to build the new station, which will complement the area’s unique look and feel.
From 8.30pm Tuesday 6 September to Monday 19 September, we’ll work 24 hours a day along sections of the rail line in Greensborough, Montmorency and between Diamond Creek to Wattle Glen, during the rail line closure between Macleod and Hurstbridge.
Changes to the way you travel
Buses replace trains on the Hurstbridge Line between Macleod and Hurstbridge stations from 8.30pm Tuesday 6 September to last service Monday 19 September.
Express buses run between Eltham and Parliament during weekday morning and evening peak times.
Limited express and stopping all stations buses run to the same frequency as normal train services.
Additional stopping all stations buses run between Macleod, Watsonia and Greensborough during weekday morning and evening peak times.
Shared walking and cycling path update
Greensborough to Montmorency shared path.
In the 2022 Victorian State Budget delivered in May, the Victorian Government announced funding for a new shared walking and cycling path.
Stage 1 of the shared path will be built between Greensborough and Montmorency stations and provide safe and easy access between the 2 stations, linking with the Plenty River Trail and station forecourts.
In June, we asked the community to submit feedback on the shared path on the online consultation platform, Engage Victoria.
Thank you to those who made a submission. These submissions have been included in a consultation summary report, which will inform the Minister for Planning’s assessment of the project.
Pedestrian crossing closures
To enable construction works to safely take place, the following pedestrian crossings at Greensborough Station, Montmorency Station and Diamond Creek Station will be closed in September:
- Greensborough Station overpass will be closed from 9pm Tuesday 6 September to 4am Tuesday 20 September.
- Montmorency Station pedestrian crossing will be closed from 9am Wednesday 7 September to 4am Tuesday 20 September.
- Diamond Creek Station pedestrian crossing will be closed from 9.30am to 9.30pm on Thursday 15 September.
Traffic management and detour signage will be in place to help pedestrians through the area safely. A wheelchair accessible taxi will also be on standby to assist passengers at Montmorency and Diamond Creek stations with accessibility requirements (including people with prams and shopping carts). Please call Eltham Station on 03 9610 8657 if you require this service.
Supporting local traders through our Spend and Win competition
During July and August we partnered with over 45 local traders in Greensborough, Montmorency, Diamond Creek for a Spend and Win competition.
Shoppers who spent more than $10 in a single transaction at participating traders went into a weekly prize draw to win one of 36 $100 vouchers to spend at participating traders within Greensborough, Montmorency and Diamond Creek.
Congratulations to all our winning shoppers.
Take part in the Montmorency Winter Sculpture Trail
Explore Montmorency Village as we bid farewell to the winter season by taking part in the Montmorency Winter Sculpture Trail.
Find 20 animal sculptures located across Montmorency Village made by local artist Kristy Young from recycled hard waste and other materials. Tick them off on the map as you find them.
You can collect a map from Echo Balloons or download it from the Montmorency Winter Sculpture Trail Facebook page.
You can also pick up a free coffee voucher on us as you make your way through the sculpture trail.
This event will run until Saturday 17 September.
The initiative began in Diamond Creek and has since made its way to Montmorency.
Keeping in touch
The best way to stay up to date on the project and any developments is by signing up to email updates.
You can also send us a private message on our Level Crossings Facebook page or call us on 1800 105 105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also sign up to SMS alerts for major traffic and construction impacts for the Hurstbridge Line Duplication project by texting HURSTBRIDGE to 0429 839 892.
- Site investigations
- Community consultation
- Site investigations
- Planning consultation
- Community consultation
- Station precinct layouts announced
- Enabling works started
- Station designs released
- Construction begins
- Construction continues
- Shared walking and cycling path construction begins
- Duplicated track complete
- New stations open
- Shared walking and cycling path construction complete
- Landscaping and other project completion works finish.
*Timeline above subject to change.
View the Hurstbridge Line Duplication community update – September 2022.pdf