Thursday morning at Greensborough station saw quite a bit of drilling or testing work. It certainly tested drivers arriving to park or drop off passengers. Family members down there for an early train reported that the dreaded Poulter Avenue goat track was reduced from its usual peak-hour obstacle course to absolute chaos by a team in high vis vests wielding stop/slow signs. The team were breaking ground on the footpath near up at the station car park end at about 7.30 am as the peak hour traffic was attempting to get access to the station. The work crew left strange runic symbols on the road and the footpath as a result of their work.Driving through from Eltham to Greensborough today there were numerous, portable, roadside signs warning of "LXRP (sic) works in the area". These would appear to be a little premature. Stage 2 is not scheduled to begin until 2020 (yes, it's not that far off really, now is it?) although if the money is allocated and the contractor(s) have time available why not start early?"From May 2019, our team will investigate the geotechnical conditions and locate existing services along the rail line in Greensborough, Montmorency, Eltham and Diamond Creek. You may see workers out and about during this time, and small drilling rigs and trucks used for these works. These works will occur during regular construction hours of 7am to 5pm Monday to Friday."
I'm assuming they're doing geotechnical drilling investigations.
Later in the morning, about 10am, I was at the station to catch an up train and there was no traffic and no drilling team in Poulter Avenue. They were, however, present on the other side of the station where Para Road intersects with the end of Grimshaw Street, looking intently at some work being done in the triangle where Grimshaw Street splits, well away from any need to slow traffic.
I'd like to think they had good reasons to do the work in this order, rather than the reverse.