The level crossings on North, McKinnon and Centre roads have been removed and works are continuing to finalise Ormond, McKinnon and Bentleigh stations.
A project team including John Holland and KBR is undertaking these works.
Works almost finished
The new Ormond, McKinnon and Bentleigh stations are now complete and commuter carparks at all three stations are now open.
The project team has fully reinstated all three main roads (North, McKinnon and Centre), including footpaths, and all lanes are open to traffic, with on-street parking returned to residents and traders.
In October, we replanted the community's much-loved palm trees (including some additional new palm trees) and constructed shared user paths. Final landscaping will be complete by mid-December, along with the restoration of local roads.
We have finally said goodbye to EE Gunn Reserve and have moved our equipment off site. Glen Eira City Council will undertake a reinstatement program.
In late October, Ormond Station's new southern entrance was opened to the community. Following extensive community feedback, the project team was able to redesign Ormond Station to create this second entrance. With North Road carrying over 40,000 vehicles per day, the southern entrance will improve access for people living on that side of North Road.
This is a great example of community feedback helping to create better outcomes for the community.
We would like to thank local residents and traders for your amazing patience while we removed these three level crossings and built new stations at Ormond, McKinnon and Bentleigh.
The new Ormond Station
The new McKinnon Station
The new Bentleigh Station
Family Fun Day
Thank you to the thousands of community members who joined us at our Family Fun Day on Saturday 12 November, to help celebrate the completion of the project. The day was a huge success!
The star attraction was an early twentieth century steam train with old 'red rattler' carriages that stopped at each of the three new stations while travelling between Caulfield and Moorabbin. We also hosted live music and entertainment in our new station carparks, as well as roaming entertainers and street decorations along the three shopping strips. Thank you to everyone who took the opportunity to shop local.
Around 2,500 people took a ride on the heritage steam train which travelled between Caulfield and Moorabbin.
Major level crossing works video
We want to thank the local community for your ongoing patience and understanding during our construction works. We couldn't have done it without you!
Traders open for business
The project team has been working closely with local traders to minimise the impacts of construction where we can, and ensure access to local businesses is maintained at all times. We encourage the local communities around North, McKinnon and Centre roads to continue supporting their local businesses, who are trading as usual throughout the project.
Open for business video
Stakeholder Liaison Group (SLG)
A Stakeholder Liaison Group (SLG) comprised of local businesses, community groups and residents met monthly to provide input into the project, and share information within the community.
Shorter construction schedule
Through careful planning the project has reduced the actual construction time by six months. Without this new program there would have been road closures throughout all of 2016, including major disruptions from December 2016 until January/February 2017.
Under the new construction schedule, major works were completed over June/July 2016.
Removal of the level crossings has transformed the station areas into modern transport interchanges. Works included:
- lowering the rail line below North Road, McKinnon Road and Centre Road
- rebuilding Ormond, McKinnon and Bentleigh stations
- lowered platforms accessed via lifts, ramps or stairs
- building walking and cycling paths
- reconstructing the station car parks