Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder said today that with the football season finished for 2012, the Victorian Coalition Government’s ongoing works to improve Melbourne’s rail network were moving into high gear with Metro’s staff and contractors planning to devote more than 1,400 individual shifts to trackworks in October 2012.
“The Coalition Government said it would fix the rail system. While we are continuing to invest in major works such as the Regional Rail Link between Southern Cross, Footscray and Werribee West, it is vital that we continue to improve maintenance and renewals,” Mr Mulder said.
“Some of Metro’s works require trains to be replaced by buses during a weekend. These works are essential to restore the railway after Labor failed to properly maintain it.”
Mr Mulder said that during October 2012, Metro staff and contractors would re-rail 1.65 kilometres of the Lilydale line near Croydon at a cost of more than $200,000.
“Metro will also be installing a new $300,000 rail bridge between Dandenong and Pakenham. Replacement or new points machines at Albion near Sunshine and Upwey near Belgrave will be a $100,000 investment in ensuring that these important pieces of trackside equipment work reliably,” Mr Mulder said.
“At a total cost of more than $800,000, new boom barrier mechanisms will be installed at level crossings at Mountain Highway, Bayswater; Alpine Street, Ferntree Gully; Webb Street, Narre Warren and Regent Street, Regent.
“At Burnley, Camberwell, East Camberwell, North Melbourne and Royal Park various works on Metro’s overhead wires or supporting equipment will assist in modernising the vital 1,500 volt DC wires that provide traction power to the 200 strong train fleet.”
Mr Mulder said pedestrian gates would be renewed at Lilydale railway station and at the nearby Maroondah Highway level crossing, while a $160,000 full renewal of the level crossing at Mont Albert Road, Surrey Hills would provide a smoother surface for motorists and other road users.
“In another $200,000 initiative, level crossings at Webb Street, Narre Warren and Station Street, Officer would be tamped and sealed. Train stabling sidings at Ringwood will undergo almost $250,000 of rehabilitation works to bring them to a suitable standard, while a similar total amount will be expended by Metro on removing mudholes at Richmond Junction on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines as well as between Dandenong and Pakenham,” Mr Mulder said.
For more information about works and impacts to services, passengers can call Public Transport Victoria on 1800 800 007 or visit www.ptv.vic.gov.au for further information.