The Government of Victoria in Australia has announced plans to replace the old signalling systems between Richmond and Camberwell line in order to reduce maintenance requirements and provide reliable and safe services for passengers.
Work on the project is scheduled to begin later this week and will be carried out by a team of more than 200 workers over a six-day period.
The A$42m ($32m) upgrade initiative will see the replacement of signalling infrastructure and upgrades to the power supply along the corridor, which will bring the line’s technology up to standard with the broader metropolitan network.
A major construction programme is scheduled to be conducted over the next two months on Melbourne’s road and rail network following the project’s completion.
Victoria Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said: “We’ll have 200 workers delivering much-needed upgrades around the clock to upgrade decades-old signalling infrastructure between Richmond and Camberwell.
“We’re getting it done, delivering vital improvements to our public transport system to get Victorians home safely and sooner.”
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