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

    MichaelN asked 8 days 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 16 days 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 12 days 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 12 days 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 14 days 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 18 days 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 18 days 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 18 days 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 18 days 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 18 days 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 18 days 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 24 days 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 22 days 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 18 days 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 24 days 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.