VICTORIAN Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan this week announced that the State Government will lower the Frankston train line under Charman Road and Park Road in Cheltenham, and Balcombe Road in Mentone, as part of a series of level crossing removals along the line.
During the weekday peak between 7.00am – 9.00am, the Park Road level crossing is down for an average of 48 minutes and the level crossing at Charman Road is down for 35 minutes. At Balcombe Road, the boom gates are down for approximately 49 minutes.
The 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.
The project will completely rebuild Cheltenham and Mentone Stations, with platform levels below the ground. The project will also reinstate the third track at Cheltenham Station and extend it to connect with the mainline, creating space for more trains on the 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.
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.
At least six further level crossings along the Frankston line have been identified by the State Government for removal, including at Edithvale Road in Edithvale, Station Street in Bonbeach and Carrum, Eel Race Road in Carrum, Seaford Road in Seaford and Skye Road in Frankston.
Three level crossings have already been removed along the Frankston line, including at North Road in Ormond, McKinnon Road in McKinnon and Centre Road in Bentleigh.