Upfield line works blitz to remove level crossings and build new stations
The Upfield line is set to close for three months to allow for major level crossing removal works.
The Minister for Transport Infrastructure, Jacinta Allan, announced a $542.4 million contract had been awarded to remove four level crossings and build two new stations in Melbourne’s inner north.
A project alliance that includes Metro Trains Melbourne will remove level crossings at Bell Street, Munro Street, Reynard Street and Moreland Road and build two new modern stations at Coburg and Moreland.
Work to remove the four crossings will free up space for improved train frequency on the Upfield line once the Metro Tunnel is complete.
The two new stations will be connected to other transport and linked with separate bike and pedestrian paths for safer and smoother journeys.
Both new stations will be more readily accessed with lifts and stairs, a landscaped civic plaza and a total of 132 new bike parking spaces.
The project will create almost two MCG’s worth of open space along 2.5 kilometres of the Upfield line, with three times more trees to be planted along the corridor.
Works are currently underway in preparation for major construction next year, with the level crossings gone in late 2020.