Works are underway in Sydenham as part of the Sunbury Line Upgrade.
At Watergardens Station we are extending platforms to fit bigger, more modern trains and installing wheelchair boarding platforms to improve accessibility.
The train stabling yard at Watergardens Station will be expanded to fit more modern trains, allowing more services to start and terminate at Watergardens Station.
As the existing train stabling yard is currently enclosed by active rail track, any expansion will require track realignment to create space for the extended stabling roads. These works involve modification of the existing rail bridge crossing over the Sydenham Drain.
Careful planning and design have determined that a section of the Sunbury-bound rail track will be realigned between Watergardens Station and Pioneer Park, Sydenham.
This will require periods of heavy earthworks and trackwork in the rail corridor along Sydenham and Victoria roads.
From early September 2020 until mid-2021, a temporary site compound will operate between Victoria Road and Darlington Grove. Low levels of noise are expected during ongoing use the site and an increase in construction vehicles will travel on Victoria Road to access the site.
Power upgrades will take place in the rail corridor near Watergardens Station as part of works to boost electrical capacity along the Sunbury Line. This will enable the running of more modern trains and an increase in service frequency.
Works will be carefully planned to limit disruption to commuters and the local community. However, activities may create noise, dust and vibration typical of a construction site.
With construction taking place in the rail corridor, there will be some unavoidable disruption to rail services so 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.
Major construction around Watergardens Station began in March 2020 and is scheduled for completion in early 2022.
A number of construction sites have been established in the Sydenham and Taylors Lakes areas to facilitate works. These sites will be active for the duration of works.
We will work closely with residents, businesses and the local community to manage impacts from construction.
Community relations staff are also on call 24/7 to answer any questions, concerns and complaints.