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Middleborough Rd Grade Separation


Project Start Date: 2006
Project Finish Date: 2007
Total Project Value: $AUD 66 Million
Client: VicRoads
Project Overview: The Middleborough Road Rail Separation was a project carried out by John Holland's Rail and Southern Region businesses. The project eliminated the level crossing at Middleborough Road in Melbourne's eastern suburbs by lowering the Belgrave / Lilydale railway line by up to six metres during an intensive 27 day shutdown period. A new railway station was constructed along with separation of pedestrian traffic from both road and rail.

The road now bridges across the railway line, improving traffic flow, safety, noise and pollution in the area. Laburnum Station has also been upgraded and a new Laburnum Street Bridge constructed to remove the tight bend in the road.

The project was carried out 24 hours a day, seven days a week beginning 1 January 2007, with major construction works completed on 28 January 2007, eight days ahead of schedule.
It was made up of several complex and vast components and involved activities which will be largely beneficial to the region, these components included:

Lowering of a 1.4m section of track up to 6 metres with 123,000 cubic metres of excavation.
Installation of drainage over two kilometres
Construction of a four lane road over Rail Bridge and pedestrian underpass.
Construction of a three track rail bridge over Laburnam Street
Demolition of the existing station and construction of a new DDA compliant Station.
Overhead traction and gantries.
Design provisions for an additional third track
Installation of two temporary crossovers and a temporary terminal station
Lowering of a 1.4m section of track up to eight metres with 123,000 cubic metres of excavation.
Construction of a four lane road over the rail bridge and pedestrian underpass.
Construction of a three track rail bridge over Laburnam Street
Demolition of the existing station and construction of a new DDA compliant Station.
Design provisions for an additional third track
Installation of two temporary crossovers and a temporary terminal station
Signalling modifications to two temporary terminal stations
Relocation of services, HV overheads, water and gas mains and fibre optic cables
Construction of temporary bus and modal interchange for the transport of rail passengers during the shutdown capable of catering for 8,000 passengers per hour

The worksite was located in a suburban area with houses backing on to the rail corridor, local businesses on adjacent roads, and with a high school and cemetery also abutting the rail reserve. The works were planned outside the three metre zone from the railway and behind a defined barrier fence. Multiple work sites were established to maximise the use of possessions that needed to be undertaken within three metres of the railway line. Traffic management plans were developed, agreed and implemented for road traffic diversions, showing our continued focus on community relations and needs in projects.


 
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