Hurstbridge Line Upgrade Stage 2

Planning for the second stage of the Hurstbridge Line Upgrade is now underway. The upgrade will deliver further improvements on the Hurstbridge line, including more train services, less crowding on peak trains and better connections to public transport in Melbourne’s north east.

The project will involve:

  • building a new and modern station at Greensborough
  • a major upgrade to Montmorency Station
  • duplication of around 3 kilometres of track between the suburbs of Greensborough and Montmorency
  • the duplication of around 1.5 kilometres of track between Diamond Creek and Wattle Glen.

Site investigations are currently underway and construction for the project is expected to begin in 2020.

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Planning for the second stage of the Hurstbridge Line Upgrade is now underway. The upgrade will deliver further improvements on the Hurstbridge line, including more train services, less crowding on peak trains and better connections to public transport in Melbourne’s north east.

The project will involve:

  • building a new and modern station at Greensborough
  • a major upgrade to Montmorency Station
  • duplication of around 3 kilometres of track between the suburbs of Greensborough and Montmorency
  • the duplication of around 1.5 kilometres of track between Diamond Creek and Wattle Glen.

Site investigations are currently underway and construction for the project is expected to begin in 2020.

For regular information about the progress of this project, sign up for email updates.

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  • After all these improvements how frequently Diamond creek station will get train services? For example 7min intervals or 15 min interval in the morning and evenings. I just want to know the current plans/targets

    Viny asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Viny, thanks for your query.

    The duplication of the Hurstbridge Line will allow for more regular services, so that trains will run on average every 20 minutes at Hurstbridge, Diamond Creek and Wattle Glen during the AM peak. However, we're still in the early stages of planning and will be able to provide more information as the project progresses.

    In the meantime, if you haven't yet, the best way to receive up-to-date project information is by registering for our email updates. Go to levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/contact/subscribe.

  • Hi. I am a resident of Railway Road, Briar Hill. Living directly across the road from the railway line upgrade, our whole street will be impacted by the upgrade. I have a few questions regarding the impact: 1. The part of the track that runs between the Sherbourne Road bridge to the rail bridge that crosses Plenty River (just before Greensborough Station) is a wildlife corridor. There are many trees and shrubs which are home to a lot of wildlife. There are many native birds, blue tongue lizards, ringtail and brushtail possums, and Echidna that live here. Should you require verification of this, please contact Wildlife Victoria. They get many reports of blue tongues and Echidna on Railway Road. What impact will the track duplication have on this wildlife corridor, including the removal of trees, shrubs etc? Are there mitigation strategies in place and has this been fully investigated? Will more trees be planted than removed? 2. With the increase of train activity in this corridor, are there any plans to reduce the noise for Railway Road residents by erecting a barrier, or planting more trees to act as a barrier? 3. Will the widening of the track have any impact on the part of the Plenty River that the train bridge crosses? I appreciate and agree that the widening of the track is a positive for our community. But, I also feel that the wildlife and habitat we are lucky enough to have around us in this area is a wonderful, positive and enduring source of joy for our community as well. I would like to ensure that this too has been considered during the planning phase of this project. Thanks.

    Juliagoolia78 asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Julia,

    Thank you for your query regarding your concern about the local wildlife.

    We're still in the early stages of planning and don’t know how much vegetation along the line will need to be removed. However, we can say that we will work with arborists, as well as environmental and sustainability specialists, to minimise the amount of vegetation removal required and to manage the impacts on flora and fauna. 

    As part of the planning process, it may also be worth making a formal submission to the Hurstbridge Line Upgrade Planning Scheme Amendment (PSA) regarding this issue. This process allows the community the opportunity share their views and feedback on the project. 

    Submissions for the PSA can be made online at your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/hurstbridge-stage-2. 

    Submissions close on 28 February.

  • How are you planning to integrate car use with public transport to reduce commuters' door-to-door travel time and stress? Simple solutions are to substantially increase the provision of car parking at train stations, and to create access points to the train station at the middle and both ends of the platform. Are these solutions this being considered?

    simonpryor asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Simon, thank you for your query, we appreciate your feedback. The project is currently in the planning stage and community feedback will help shape its design, including the Greensborough and Montmorency station precincts, which includes car parking. 

    As part of the planning process, you can make a formal submission to the Hurstbridge Line Upgrade Planning Scheme Amendment (PSA). This process allows the community the opportunity to share their views and feedback on the project. Submissions for the PSA can be made online at your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/hurstbridge-stage-2/survey_tools/hurstbridge-line-upgrade-2020 and close Friday 28 February.

  • Are you looking into fixing Watsonia station also? The car park and station need an upgrade and the surrounding area needs to be cleaned up - in particular all the rubbish sitting on the cliffs consistently. Look forward to hearing your response to my question.

    Interested community member asked 2 months ago

    Hi there, thanks for your query and our apologies in the delay getting back to you. 

    Unfortunately, upgrading the station at Watsonia does not fall within the scope of this project. We recommend you provide this feedback to Public Transport Victoria either online https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/footer/customer-service/contact-us/ or on 1800 800 007.

  • Re Greensbrough station upgrade. Years ago when an upgrade to Greensborough station was proposed, it was stated that a bus interchange would be built on top of the train station area. Is this being considered? Also accessibility and safety between the station area, across Para Road and to the retail area is currently appalling. What is being considered to improve this connection?

    Monty local asked 4 months ago

    As part of planning for the project, we are considering how bus connections near Greensborough Station may be improved. Early designs for the project will be available in 2020.

  • Re Montmorency station pedestrian crossing. If the pedestrian crossing remains at the western end of the platforms (ie where it is currently located), can access be given directly onto the platforms at that end, rather than having to walk up to the current entrance?

    Monty local asked 4 months ago

    Pedestrian access will be maintained at Montmorency Station across the rail line as part of the upgraded station design. While the type of crossing is not yet confirmed, it will be built to current safety standards. Early designs for the upgraded station will be available in 2020.

  • Re Montmorency train station upgrade. What style of station building etc is proposed? The station fulfills an important visual role at the bottom of Were Street, complimenting the village nature of the area. Please give consideration to maintaining this small scale feel and also using construction colours that are earthy. The current blue/white PSO building is an eyesore - I note the PSO building at Eaglemont station has used natural earthy colours - so why not at Monty?

    Monty local asked 4 months ago

    With the project in the planning stages, we can’t answer this query just yet. However, your suggestions are important to help us progress planning for the project and inform our early designs, which will be available in 2020. We hope to hear from you again when the community will have the opportunity to comment on the designs.

  • How far will the track duplication extend towards Eltham? Previous statements have said it will stop just before the trestle bridge. Whereas now an LXRA answer to another question below on this forum says: "The rail duplication between Greensborough and Montmorency will end close to Sherbourne Road East. So where? Ïs it on the Eltham side of Sherbourne Road east? A crucial issue related to this project is the current width of the train bridge over Sherbourne Road east. It only caters for two lanes of car traffic, acting as a bottleneck and reducing the potential for upgrades on surrounding roads. The whole Bolton Street, Sherbourne Road, Karingal Drive area is a nightmare for traffic morning and evening. Hence before duplicating the rail bridge at the current width, perhaps it would be prudent to extend the bridge span to cater for four lanes of traffic in the future.

    Monty local asked 4 months ago

    Hi Monty Local - thanks for your questions. 

    The rail duplication between Greensborough and Montmorency will be approximately 3km in length and end close to the bridge at Sherbourne Road on the Montmorency side. We are also duplicating the line for around 1.5km between Diamond Creek and Wattle Glen. These duplications will allow extra express services to run on the line and more frequent services from Greensborough, Montmorency, Eltham, Diamond Creek, Wattle Glen and Hurstbridge. 

    We do not need to duplicate any further sections along the line to achieve these service improvements. This has also been our commitment since announcing the commencement of the project earlier this year. 

    LXRP is delivering 75 level crossing removals, and a number of other projects such as the Hurstbridge Line Upgrade, to help ease road congestion and improve train services on the metropolitan rail network. Many other transport infrastructure projects are being delivered under the Victorian Government's Big Build. While we'd always love to do more, local road upgrades are not within the current project scope. 

    Early designs for the Hurstbridge Line Upgrade project will be available in 2020. We hope to hear from you again then when the community will have the opportunity to comment on the designs.

  • Is the project keeping Greensborough Station in its current location?

    MichaelN asked 4 months ago

    Hi Michael, thanks for your query. While we can confirm that we are building a new and modern station at Greensborough, we are unable to provide any details about the design or location as the project is still in the planning stages. However, we do want to understand what is important to the community to help us determine priorities for the station. 

    If you haven't already, you can share your ideas with us for Greensborough or Montmorency Stations at: https://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/hurstbridge-stage-2/survey_tools/hurstbridge-line-upgrade-stage-2-feedback-form

  • Upgrades to the Clifton hill junction were announced as part of the stage 2 Hurstbridge line upgrade, has this since been dropped from the scope of the project?

    TomP asked 4 months ago

    Hi Tom, thanks for getting in touch. 

    We're still in the planning stages, and project scope and design has not yet been decided. 

    We'll be releasing designs for the project in 2020.

  • Is the line being duplicated between Montmorency and the Eltham Trestle Bridge or just to Montmorency Station? If duplication is only to Montmorency late running trains will still cause delays when needing to cross between Montmorency and Eltham.

    Local Commuter asked 4 months ago

    Thanks for your questions. 

    The rail duplication between Greensborough and Montmorency will end close to Sherbourne Road East. 

    To deliver the improved services on the Hurstbridge line, we need to duplicate the rail line between Greensborough and Montmorency, and Diamond Creek and Wattle Glen. These duplications will allow extra express services to run on the line and more frequent services from Greensborough, Montmorency, Eltham, Diamond Creek, Wattle Glen and Hurstbridge. 

    We don't need to duplicate any further sections along the line to achieve these service improvements.

  • Will Diamond Creek station be upgraded as part of the project? Currently platform 2 is very narrow and if it is to be used more regularly may present safety concerns. The station also needs shelters installed at the far end of the platforms and electronic train departure boards, as trains can depart from either platform.

    Local Commuter asked 4 months ago

    Hi there, 

    Thanks for your query. While we'd love to upgrade the station at Diamond Creek, it does not fall within the scope of this particular project. 

    However, if you would like to share your ideas with us for Greensborough or Montmorency Stations, head to https://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/hurstbridge-stage-2/survey_tools/hurstbridge-line-upgrade-stage-2-feedback-form 

  • The 2016 'Northern Regional Trails Strategy' proposes a shared use path along the rail corridor between Greensborough and Eltham train stations. Hence with the major works to be carried out duplicating the line, it is the perfect opportunity to also finally build this trail. It will connect the existing Diamond Creek and Plenty River trails, as well as shopping and retail hubs, multiple schools and parklands. The flat grade of a trail will be hugely beneficial due to the hilly topography in the area. Also being able to avoid traffic and busy road crossings would be a major bonus. The recently constructed train extension from South Morang to Mernda included a shared use path along its whole length, so we expect the same here.

    Damian asked 4 months ago

    Hi Damian, 

    Thanks for your detailed feedback. 

    The project is still in the early planning stages and your suggestions are invaluable in helping us understand what is important to the community, and will help determine priorities for this project.

    You can also provide feedback by completing this form https://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/hurstbridge-stage-2/survey_tools/hurstbridge-line-upgrade-stage-2-feedback-form or you may wish to attend an upcoming community session https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/events/greensborough-and-montmorency-community-drop-in-sessions. 

    Early designs will be available in 2020.

  • A shared pedestrian/bicycle path alongside the railway line would be a great addition to the project. It would enable pedestrians and bike users to safely travel between Greensborough and Eltham, and link the Plenty River trail to the Diamond Creek trail. School students both in Montmorency and Eltham would have a safer means of traveling to school than using the very congested roads particularly around Eltham. Is it possible to include a shared path in the planning and in the project?

    Peter Gurney asked 5 months ago

    Hi Peter, thanks for your feedback.

    With the project in the planning stages, we can’t answer this query just yet. 

    However, your suggestions are invaluable in helping us understand what is important to the community and help us determine priorities for this project. 


    Early designs for the project will be available in 2020.


  • Will there be a transport hub at Greensborough for buses?

    Joybelle asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for your query. 

    As part of planning for the project, we're considering how bus connections near Greensborough Station may be improved. 

    Early designs for the project will be available in 2020.

  • Will Eltham station be upgraded? There need to be a better access between larger car park and station. Toilets are in poor condition too.

    LocalUser asked 5 months ago

    Hi there, thanks for your query.

    While we'd like to be able to upgrade more stations across the Melbourne metropolitan rail network, Eltham Station is not part of the project scope.

  • Assuming that Montmorency station becomes two platforms (no such mention has been made to this), would Montmorency then become the terminus for the current Greensborough-bound all-stations peak services or would such services still terminate at Greensborough?

    Jlsouth asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for your question.  

    At this stage, we'll be upgrading Montmorency Station and this will include a second platform. 

    Early designs for this station will be available in 2020.

  • Will the new station design at Greensborough include a direct connection to Greensborough Plaza?

    Jlsouth asked 5 months ago

    With the project in the planning stages, we can’t answer this query just yet. 

    However, your suggestions are invaluable in helping us understand what is important to the community and help us determine priorities for this project. 

    You can also provide feedback by completing this feedback form https://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/hurstbridge-stage-2/survey_tools/hurstbridge-line-upgrade-stage-2-feedback-form or you may wish to attend an upcoming community session https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/events/greensborough-and-montmorency-community-drop-in-sessions. 

    Early designs for the project will be available in 2020.

  • Will this project see the possibility of the Hurstbridge rail line trail? It's been long talked about about a walking/cycling trail be built along the existing rail corridor connecting the Plenty River Trail In Greensborough to the Diamond Creek Trail in Eltham. Given the works to be carried out, would this not be the perfect time to consider finally building this?

    Jlsouth asked 5 months ago

    With the project in the planning stages, we can’t answer this query just yet. 

    However, your suggestions are invaluable in helping us understand what is important to the community and help us determine priorities for this project. 

    You can also provide feedback by completing this feedback form https://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/hurstbridge-stage-2/survey_tools/hurstbridge-line-upgrade-stage-2-feedback-form or you may wish to attend an upcoming community session https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/events/greensborough-and-montmorency-community-drop-in-sessions. 

    Early designs for the project will be available in 2020.

  • Why isn't the whole line being duplicated? Will trains be able to run every 10min from Hurstrbidge? If not, why is this basic public need being refused to those in the outer suburbs? Will a SUP be constructed within the rail corridor between Greensborough and Eltham?

    user asked 5 months ago

    Hi there, thanks for your questions.

    To deliver the improved services on the Hurstbridge line, we need to duplicate the rail line between Greensborough and Montmorency, and Diamond Creek and Wattle Glen. 

    These duplications will allow extra express services to run on the line and more frequent services from Greensborough, Montmorency, Eltham, Diamond Creek, Wattle Glen and Hurstbridge. 

    We do not need to duplicate any further sections along the line to achieve these service improvements.

  • I'm wondering what's going to be done about the train crossing at Montmorency? At the moment, it is completely unsafe, there are no pedestrian safety gates. I walk my children to school every day and a large group of us cross the tracks. With the silent tracks, and no safety gates, it is a constant worry for us as parents that something may happen. I'm curious to hear what the plans are for making Montmorency train station a safer place. Thanks

    JoC asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback.  

    Pedestrian access will be maintained at Montmorency Station across the rail line as part of the upgraded station design.  

    While the type of crossing is not yet confirmed, it will be built to current safety standards.

  • What will be the scope of the "upgrade" to Montmorency station. Assuming the line is duplicated beyond Montmorency, will. Second platform be installed and what upgraded will occur in the existing station precinct?

    Jlsouth asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for your query.  

    At this stage, we will be upgrading Montmorency Station and this will include a second platform. 

    Early designs for this station will be available in 2020.

  • Would another station between Montmorency and Eltham be out of the question? Proposed site near knox storage / bridge over Sherborne road. Would encourage more public transport use for nearby residents and access to the industrial park area.

    Medwards asked 5 months ago

    Hi Medwards, thanks for your question. While building a new station between Montmorency and Eltham is not within the scope of these works, the duplication of the two sections of the rail track between Greensborough and Montmorency and, Diamond Creek and Wattle Glen will improve the service for commuters by allowing more frequent trains during the morning peak. We anticipate that trains will run on average every 10 minutes from Montmorency and Eltham, which may encourage an increase in the number of people using the train.