Victoria’s busiest railway corridor is undergoing a $572 million upgrade to duplicate a section of track to relieve a bottleneck on the Cranbourne line.
Works also include improving a tangled rail junction at Dandenong, which is the first step towards the duplication of track through Lynbrook, Merinda Park and Cranbourne.
To improve service for the 90,000 passengers which travel on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines every day, a new metropolitan train timetable will be released on 26 August. It will incorporate ten extra weekday services from Cranbourne and 80 extra or new extended services on the Caulfield-Dandenong corridor.
The upgrades, along with building bigger trains, removing level crossings and fixing signalling, are all part of the state government’s plan to turn the train line into a ‘super corridor’, with bigger, more frequent trains running out to Sunbury via the Metro Tunnel.
This upgrade is part of the Victorian Government’s $15 billion worth of work to upgrade Melbourne’s rail services, which includes 11 level crossing removals and the construction of the Metro Tunnel.
“With $15 billion of work underway – we’re delivering for the people of Cranbourne by getting on with projects that will get them home safer and sooner,” Victorian Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said.