During two 56-hour shutdowns in February and March 2021 the final shift of the Midland Line tracks was completed, and the new section of the alignment commissioned. These tracks are now located in their permanent locations just south of their original location, following temporary relocation in December 2017 to make room for the construction of the Bayswater Junction dive structure.
A further 76-hour shutdown took place on 11 February to 14 February to tie in rail systems (e.g. signalling, communications). A 800m-long section of the overhead line equipment at Bayswater Junction is now live and officially part of the rail network.
Works within the rail corridor are required in June and July, more information is in the table below.
|Dates and hours of activity
Activity and equipment
Please note the works are subject to City of Bayswater approval.
Wednesday June 29 to Friday July 1
9pm to 5am
Activities will include civil earthworks and rail works.
Equipment includes blower truck, mini excavator, lighting tower, loaders, hand tools, rail saws, hand tamper, mini excavator and grinders.
Sunday July 3 to Thursday July 7
Monday July 18 to Friday July 22
10pm to 7am
Activities will include rail works.
Equipment includes lighting towers, hand tools, rail saws, hand tamper, mini excavator and rail grinders.
Test trains will also be running on the line from July 8 and potentially operate from 4.30am to 12.30am daily.
Works also continue on the principal shared path (PSP) alongside Whatley Crescent. With major earthworks within the Bayswater Junction site boundary coming to an end, the remaining eastern section of the PSP can be tied in.
The section of the PSP located within the site boundary will remain closed until all construction is completed, with the current diversion along Whatley Crescent staying active. While work and heavy vehicle movement is still ongoing, this is the safest option for cyclists and pedestrians.
At the eastern end of the site, the 25kV Track Sectioning Cabin has been connected to the overhead power supply infrastructure within the dive structure. Located next to the Bayswater tunnel portal building, automated switches within the cabin control the 'neutral zone', a non-electrified section between the Airport and Midland lines.
Works are also wrapping up in and around the portal building, with earthworks and drainage installation underway on the outside and commissioning activities in the lead up to the final energisation ongoing on the inside.
Demobilisation works are now underway, with equipment and materials being removed from site and concrete slabs broken up where plant and offices once stood.