Current works

Works are underway for the Ballarat Line Upgrade:

Geotechnical and service investigations

Caroline Springs – Melton, December 2017 - January 2018

What we are doing

Geotechnical investigations

Geotechnical investigations will help us to gain a greater understanding of local ground conditions and assist in planning how the upgraded and new stations and new track will be built.

This activity will involve drilling into the ground using small truck mounted or tracked drilling rigs and excavators to obtain rock and soil samples.

Locating underground services

Locating underground services will enable us to protect or relocate these services during the rail duplication works to minimise impacts to local residents.

This activity will involve non-destructive digging techniques such as high-pressure water and vacuum to safely remove soil that is found around underground services, or locating access pits and using CCTV cameras to determine their internal condition.

Utility relocation

Utility relocation works will involve installing conduits within the rail corridor to ensure vital rail signalling services remain operational while rail duplication works – expected to start in early 2018 – occur.

Minor earthworks to improve access tracks within the rail corridor will also be undertaken to perform the above works.

What to be aware of

  • Trucks, light vehicles, machinery and workers near level crossings and within the rail corridor.
  • Vegetation removal within the rail corridor.
  • Temporary use of up to 5 public car parking spaces at Rockbank Station for up to 5 days.
  • Low levels of dust and noise are expected to be generated while the geotechnical testing and non-destructive digging is taking place. Where necessary, water carts will be used for dust suppression.
  • The sites will be reinstated once all works are complete.
  • Access to residences and businesses will be maintained at all times.
  • Access for pedestrians and vehicles across public paths and open space will be maintained at all times.
  • No impacts to existing services to your property are expected.
  • No impacts to train services are expected.
  • Traffic management will be used to direct traffic and pedestrians safely around the work sites. Please obey any signage on site.

Traffic impacts

  • These works will require traffic management changes, including temporary speed reductions and lane reductions at the following locations:
    • Hopkins Road level crossing
    • Troups Road North level crossing
    • Leakes Road level crossing
    • Rockbank Station
    • Paynes Road level crossing
    • Mount Cottrell Road level crossing
    • Ferris Road level crossing
    • Creek Street and Brooklyn Road
    • Exford Road level crossing
  • Other local roads may be impacted by the works, and traffic controllers may be required during working hours adjacent to working areas.
  • Where applicable, the works will be scheduled outside of peak travel times to minimise the impacts to road users.
  • Vehicle and cyclist access will be maintained at all times on local roads.

When

Works will be carried out during normal working hours: 7am – 6pm, Monday to Saturday.

Works outside of normal working hours may also be required to safely fence off car park spaces at Rockbank Station where investigations are to take place.

Works will not be undertaken between 24 December and 1 January inclusive.

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Maddingley, 18 December 2017 – January 2018

What we are doing

From 18 December, surveying and underground service location works will commence at key sites near the future Maddingley stabling facilities.

  • On foot surveying is required along Kerrs Road and Osborne Street. The results will inform planning and design to enable the connection of utilities and services to the future Maddingley stabling facilities. Construction of new utilities and services will only be carried out as major works, which are expected to commence in early 2018.
  • Locating underground services will enable us to protect or relocate these services during construction to minimise impacts to local residents.
  • This activity will involve non-destructive digging techniques such as high-pressure water and vacuum to safely remove soil that is found around underground services, or locating access pits and using CCTV cameras to determine their internal condition.

What to be aware of

  • Trucks, light vehicles, machinery and workers near level crossings, on local roads and within the rail corridor.
  • Minor vegetation removal within the rail corridor to enable access to existing services.
  • Low levels of dust and noise are expected to be generated while the non-destructive digging is taking place. Where necessary, water carts will be used for dust suppression.
  • The sites will be reinstated once all works are complete.
  • Access to residences and businesses will be maintained at all times.
  • No impacts to existing services to your property are expected.
  • No impacts to train services are expected.
  • Traffic management will be used to direct traffic and pedestrians safely around the work sites. Please obey any signage on site.

Traffic impacts

  • These works will require traffic management changes, including temporary speed and lane reductions at and around the following locations:
    • Osborne Street level crossing, and along the street itself
    • Kerrs Road level crossing, and along the road itself
  • Traffic controllers may be required during working hours adjacent to working areas
  • Where applicable, the works will be scheduled outside of peak travel times to minimise the impacts to road users
  • Vehicle and cyclist access will be maintained at all times on local roads.

When

Works will be carried out during normal working hours: 7am – 6pm, Monday to Saturday

Works will not be undertaken between 24 December and 1 January inclusive.

Download a PDF version of this notification (PDF, 1.8 MB).

Site investigations - ongoing

We are currently conducting geotechnical, ecological and noise investigations along the rail corridor. These investigations will not disrupt services.

Around 350 geotechnical investigations have been completed along the rail line. The investigations include nearly 90 boreholes and test pits to gather soil and rock samples.

These samples will provide valuable information about the ground conditions in the area and inform the design and construction of the project.

Further site investigations including geotechnical drilling, service locating and ecological assessments will inform the project's detailed design.

Completed works

For a list of work that has been finished, visit our completed works page.