The Metro Tunnel Project’s summer works program at South Yarra will finish four days ahead of schedule with trains returning to the Cranbourne, Pakenham, Frankston and Gippsland lines on Monday 27 January.
Crews have worked around the clock throughout the quieter holiday period to ensure that major construction finished early, in time for the start of the new school year.
During January, the final sections of concrete was poured for the tunnel’s roof slab along with the installation of 1.8 kilometres of new track which will connect the existing Cranbourne and Pakenham lines to the Metro Tunnel.
Support structures were also installed for the Metro Tunnel’s eastern entrance as well as rail systems upgrade works between Caulfield and South Yarra to support future high capacity signalling and trains.
While these works were taking place, construction on the new Avon River Bridge was carried out as part of Regional Rail Revival’s Gippsland Line Upgrade.
V/Line has also undertaken track maintenance during this time to ensure trains can continue to operate efficiently and reliably.
Buses will replace trains on the Frankston Line again in February as Level Crossing Removal Project works continue.