Victoria’s biggest level crossing construction program will get underway next month on the Frankston Line, with works to remove three level crossings and building two new stations.
The two-month construction period runs from late May until the end of July in Cheltenham and Mentone. This around-the-clock works will allow crews to dig the new rail trenches and complete the roads that will cross over the rail trenches.
Due to the strict health and safety measures currently in place, one week has been added to the Frankston Line closure to allow the workforce of more than 1,700 to carry out the complex project. These include physical distancing, staggered shifts and the provision of personal protective equipment.
Buses will replace trains on the Frankston Line between Moorabbin and Mordialloc, and on the Stony Point Line, from the night of Saturday 23 May through to Monday 27 July.
Rail replacement buses will undergo enhanced cleaning protocols, and their frequency updated to reflect the state’s current travel advice and passenger numbers.
When trains resume in July, three level crossings at Park and Charman roads in Cheltenham, and Balcombe Road in Mentone will be gone for good.
Finishing works will then take place at both new stations, with Mentone Station opening in early August and Cheltenham Station to open soon after in mid August.
To see if you’ll be affected, be sure to check our interactive disruptions map before you travel.