Works are underway in Footscray as part of the Sunbury Line Upgrade.

Works around Footscray Station

At Footscray Station we are extending platforms to fit bigger, more modern trains and installing wheelchair boarding pads to improve accessibility.

Power upgrades will also take place in and adjacent to the rail corridor near Footscray Station as part of works to boost electrical capacity along the Sunbury Line.

We’re building an electrical substation on the corner of McNab Avenue and Mechanics Way to provide essential power for bigger, more modern trains to run along the line. This will improve the capacity, reliability and frequency of services for passengers.

Construction impacts

Works will be carefully planned to limit disruption to commuters and the local community. However, activities may create noise, dust and vibration typical of construction activities.

A construction site will be established in the area to support the substation works. It will accommodate site facilities, equipment laydown and create a safe barrier between the construction site and pedestrians.

From early November 2020, Railway Reserve closed for up to six months whilst underground cables are installed between the rail corridor and the future substation site on the corner of McNab Avenue and Mechanics Way.

To facilitate works in the area, McNab Avenue will be closed during construction to ensure the safety of the community and workers. Pedestrian access to the station will be maintained.

The new substation site is on the corner of Mechanics Way and McNab Avenue, next to Footscray Exchange. McNab Avenue is closed during construction. The Railway Reserve between the rail line and McNab Avenue will be closed for six months as part of stage 1 construction. Stage 2 will see the substation building constructed

There may be some unavoidable disruption to rail services so the work can be undertaken safely. Bus replacement services will be provided during any planned disruptions.

At times, out of hours works will also be required. Advance notification will be provided to local residents ahead of all out of hours construction activities.

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Construction timeframes

Works at Footscray Station and within the rail corridor are underway.

Substation site establishment and cable installation works began at Railway Reserve in October 2020. Major substation construction began in early 2021 and is expected to be complete by 2022.

Detailed construction information will be provided to local communities prior to the start of works.

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