The last weekend saw a two day shut of North Road and the railway. The work again commenced on Friday afternoon with the closure of the westbound lane at North Road. Rail service continued, but the last two trains on Friday evening were replaced by busses.
The main work was the insertion of piles on the western side of North Road. These were largely under the Up line, which is why it had to be removed. The heads of the piles on the eastern side of North Road were excavated and forms erected to cast the actual abutment. I presume that concrete was poured into the forms before the whole lot was buried to reopen the road on Monday. From this, it would appear that the new lower level tracks will be moved some metres eastward through North Road.
At McKinnon the ramps and stairs to the closed subway on the eastern and western side of the line were largely removed. The area was back filled with the soil dug up during the piling at North Road. The actual subway itself still exists, together with centre ramp to the platform. Work was also carried out at both McKinnon and Centre Roads (Bentleigh) apparently relocating services.
Work was also carried out along the line. This appeared to be primarily work related to relocating the signal cabling from the Down side of the line to between the tracks. In addition, blue square tubes have been placed in the ballast between the Down and Centre lines south of McKinnon Rd. These appear to be foundations for safety fencing.