DESCRIBING it as a major win for motorists, train passengers and the local community, the Victorian Government last week announced that the construction schedule for level crossing removals at Centre Road, Bentleigh, South Road, McKinnon and North Road, Ormond, has been accelerated.
The project's major construction campaign, which had previously been scheduled for the end of next year, has been brought forward to mid-2016, meaning the crossings will be removed earlier in 2017 than expected.
All three level crossings are on the Frankston line and sit within two kilometres of each other. The project includes:
- Lowering the rail line below North Road, McKinnon Road and Centre Road;
- Rebuilding Ormond, McKinnon and Bentleigh stations;
- Lowered platforms accessed via lifts, ramps and stairs;
- Building walking and cycling paths; and
- Reconstructing the station car parks providing the same number of spaces across the three sites.
The accelerated construction schedule means the 34 day closure of the Frankston line between Caulfield and Moorabbin will occur before other closures from the nine level crossings set to go from the Cranbourne Pakenham rail line.
There will be other impacts on passengers while the level crossings are removed, including the temporary closure of one of the three tracks on the Frankston line from 16 November 2015 to mid-2016.
During this time, express trains will stop at all stations during the morning and afternoon peaks, and the four weekday express services will be cancelled. McKinnon, Ormond and Bentleigh stations will also be closed for several months next year while the new stations are built.
Removal of the three level crossings at North, McKinnon and Centre roads, and the rebuilding of the three neighbouring stations, is being delivered as part of a $524 million package of works that includes the removal of the level crossing at Burke Road in Glen Iris and the rebuilding of Gardiner Station.
The project is being delivered by an alliance that includes John Holland, Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR), VicRoads, MTM and PTV.