Victoria’s most concentrated level crossing removal program will begin in two weeks, with round-the-clock construction to remove four level crossings on the Upfield Line - in just over three months.
Between 28 July and 15 November, the construction team will remove level crossings at Bell Street, Munro Street, Reynard Street and Moreland Road and build new stations at Coburg and Moreland.
In preparation for the works, the first pieces of the new elevated rail bridge have arrived with huge concrete beams, known as L-beams, being trucked to Coburg and Brunswick from manufacturers across Victoria.
The beams will be joined to form the 2.5 kilometre rail bridge that trains will travel on by the end of the year.
In an industry first for a project of this scale, the team will use two custom-built 90-tonne gantry cranes that arrived on site recently after being shipped from the US. These huge gantry cranes have rubber tyres and will help the crew to manoeuvre and install the concrete segments in the narrow rail corridor.
At the peak of construction, these two cranes will be installing up to 14 massive bridge beams a day - getting the job done months faster than would otherwise be possible.
Disruptions on the Upfield Line
Buses will replace trains between Flagstaff and Upfield stations from 8.30pm Monday 27 July to the last train Sunday 2 August.
From 3 August to November, trains will continue to run between Anstey and the City, thanks to a new train turnback being built at Anstey Station. This will minimise disruptions for around two thirds of the commuters on the Upfield Line.
For passengers further along the Upfield line, replacement buses will operate throughout the construction period.
See more information about disruptions on the Upfield Line.