Cheltenham Railway Station To Have Third Track Reinstated And Extended

Cheltenham Railway Station To Have Third Track Reinstated And Extended

Victoria Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

More Dangerous Crossings To Go On The Frankston Line

Victor P Taffa

Andrews Government is removing three more dangerous and congested level crossings on the Frankston line and building two new stations.

Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan announced today that the State Government will lower the Frankston line under Charman Road and Park Road in Cheltenham, and Balcombe Road in Mentone, removing the three level crossings forever.

This project will completely rebuild Cheltenham and Mentone Stations, with platform levels below the ground.

“These dangerous level crossings clog streets and put lives at risk. We promised to get rid of them and we’re getting on with it.” Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said.

Decision to lower the rail line has come after expert technical investigations and extensive community consultation over more than 12 months determined this was the most appropriate solution at these locations.

These level crossings are some of Victoria’s most congested, with boom gates down for up to 49 minutes in the morning peak. They are also dangerous, with two collisions and countless near-misses in the last decade.

“The expanded project will also remove the Park Road crossing where the boom gates are down for more than a third of the morning peak causing disruption, frustration and delays for thousands of motorists every day.”

Getting rid of them will improve traffic flow in the area and make these bayside communities safer.

At Cheltenham Railway Station the third track will also be re-instated and extended with the mainline, creating space for more trains, more often on Frankston line.

Lowering the rail line at Cheltenham will require the acquisition of 32 properties 25 houses and seven businesses. There are no acquisitions required at Mentone.

A dedicated team within the Level Crossing Removal Authority will work closely with all affected owners and tenants through the acquisition process.

In coming months, there will be opportunities for the local community to have input on the urban design, landscaping, paths, parking and new station design.

This consultation and detailed design work will continue through the first half of this year, with the projects put out to tender by the end of the year and construction starting by the end of 2018.