25 May 2022

The Victorian Government is upgrading important rail infrastructure across the network, including the Hurstbridge and Mernda lines, to enable more train services, less crowding on peak trains and better public transport connections in Melbourne’s north-east.

As part of these upgrades, a new substation will be built in Reservoir, on Ruthven Station Reserve, to enable additional services on the Mernda line. It will regulate the power source for Mernda line trains, allowing more trains to run more reliably.

Ruthven Station will also receive a $1.03 million upgrade to lighting and facilities, with works set to start in late 2022.
The new Ruthven substation is part of broader upgrades on the Mernda and Hurstbridge lines that includes the removal of the nearby dangerous and congested Keon Parade level crossing and building a new Keon Park Station.

Substations are a requirement of Metro Trains to provide the power required to operate Melbourne’s trains and signalling equipment. They are operated by Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) and are common across the entire metropolitan network.

The substation will be prefabricated offsite and delivered in September 2022 and in operation late 2022. The substation will be located at the south end of the Macartney St carpark on the Ruthven Station Reserve.

Works taking place

To enable the substation delivery in September 2022, we’ll undertake the following works:

  • Installation of temporary fencing and site signage around both car parks
  • Site establishment commenced in High Street car park in early May and involves installing site sheds and cribbing
  • Macartney Street car park will be occupied as a laydown area from 17 May
  • Semi-trailers to deliver temporary sheds and amenities into place
  • Placement of ballast, conduit, and other construction materials
  • Minor tree trimming and/or removal starting in late May
  • Works to connect waste and water
  • Upgrade underground rail power and signalling equipment (combined services route)
  • Retaining wall construction
  • Foundation piling

For planned night works, our environment team undertakes noise modelling that can trigger opportunities for relocation. We will be in contact with any identified houses, if applicable, to offer respite relocation for the works period. We will communicate more information to you closer to the time.

What to expect

  • The Ruthven Station car park located on High Street closed Tuesday 3 May until late 2022. This area will be used as temporary site sheds to provide essential amenities for construction workers, project engineers and support staff.
  • The Ruthven Station car park located on Macartney Street will close from Tuesday 17 May until late 2022. This area will be used as a temporary laydown area to store construction materials, machinery, and equipment.
  • At all other times, works to take place during normal construction hours, between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday and 7am and 1pm Saturdays
  • Construction workers, vehicles, machinery, equipment, and lighting on site.
  • Noise from machinery, such as excavators and generators.
  • Traffic management will be in place to help you move safely through the area.

Car park closures

The car parks at Ruthven Station off High Street and Macartney Street will close until late 2022. Alternative parking is available at neighbouring stations including Keon Park Station, Reservoir Station and Regent Station.

There may be intermittent closures of the accessibility car space to allow for works, passengers will be advised prior to these closures. Pedestrian access to Ruthven Station will be maintained during this time. For your safety, please observe any signage and instructions in place during this time.

Plan ahead using the PTV website.

Map showing car park closures at Ruthven Station until late 2022

Car park closures at Ruthven Station

Map showing location of new Ruthven substation

Ruthven substation

Fencing and landscaping

The substation design will feature architectural fencing and we will plant new trees and greenery around the substation area following installation. This will include 24 new trees, approximately 500sqm of new garden bed with understory planting and up to 2000 new plants, as well as re-seeded grass areas. A strip of garden bed will be also planted between the footpath on Macartney Street and the substation.

Staying in touch

The Level Crossing Removal Project is delivering these works on behalf of the Victorian Government. To stay updated about project work, sign up for email updates and SMS alerts.

Please contact us on 1800 105 105 or email contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au if you would like to speak to a member of the project team or would like more information about the projects.

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