2 February 2022

The Victorian Government is removing 20 dangerous level crossings and building 13 new stations as part of a more than $4 billion upgrade on the Frankston line that will improve safety, reduce congestion and allow more trains to run more often.

We're removing two dangerous and congested level crossings at Neerim Road and Glen Huntly Road by lowering the rail line into a trench and building a new Glenhuntly Station.

From February to July 2022, we will start preparations for construction of the one-kilometre rail trench in the existing corridor from Wattle Avenue in the south, to Tattenham Street in the north.

Due to the narrow corridor, construction of the rail trench and relocation of underground service and drainage will require vegetation removal. In addition, to allow construction access to the rail corridor, removal and trimming of some trees will be required at specific locations.

How we remove vegetation

The Level Crossing Removal Project works with environmental and sustainability specialists to minimise the amount of vegetation removal required and to manage the impacts on flora and fauna. All trees are inspected for the presence of wildlife before removal; if found, the wildlife will be safely rehomed by qualified handlers on site.

The vegetation removal fact sheet has more information including details on replanting and future landscaping.

Works taking place

Works taking place between mid February to June 2022 include:

  • tree and vegetation removal on the east and west sides of the rail line along Dorothy Avenue, Derby Crescent, Station Place and Leamington Crescent (see map below).

Works taking place between mid February to July 2022 include:

  • temporary removal and relocation of up to 23 Canary Island Date Palms, along Royal Avenue, to be replanted upon project completion (see map below).

Dates may change subject to weather conditions.

Map of vegetation removal area

Vegetation removal

What to expect

  • Works will take place Monday to Friday, 7am to 6pm and Saturday 7am to 1pm
  • Workers, vehicles and equipment on site
  • Moderate noise from machinery
  • Periodic lane closures during Canary Island Date Palm removal and transport
  • Traffic management will be in place to ensure safety of road users and pedestrians during works.

Health and safety

The health and safety of our workers and the community will remain our key priority throughout our works on the Neerim Road and Glen Huntly Road Level Crossing Removal Project. We will continue to follow the directions of the Department of Health as we safely complete works on this project. For more information about coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the Coronavirus website.

Staying in touch

Sign up for email newsletters or call 1800 105 105.

You can sign up to text message alerts for major traffic and construction impacts for the Glen Huntly Level Crossing Removal Project by texting ‘GH’ to 0429 839 892.

Email updates are regularly sent with the latest information about the Glen Huntly project and our team is regularly updating our website and social media channels with information on works being done.

Please contact us on 1800 105 105 or contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au if you would like to speak to a member of the project team or would like more information about the project, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.