Construction teams have begun work to upgrade signalling and power on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines. This is to prepare for the 65 bigger and longer High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMTs), due to be introduced to Melbourne’s network progressively from mid-2019.

In just nine days, 54 kilometres of overhead wiring was installed, along with 180 overhead structures.

The platforms at Pakenham Station have been extended, and work on the platforms at Dandenong and Hallam Stations will soon follow.

A section of rail between Pakenham and Pakenham East has also been electrified, to allow the future HCMTs to be stabled at the new depot in Pakenham East.

These important power upgrades involve building more substations to allow the new trains to run, while the signalling upgrades will allow trains to run closer together, improving network capacity.