Level crossing removal works at North, McKinnon and Centre roads are now complete, including three new stations at Bentleigh, McKinnon and Ormond.
The new Ormond, McKinnon and Bentleigh stations are now complete and commuter car parks at all three stations are now open.
The project team has fully reinstated North, McKinnon and Centre roads including footpaths, and all lanes are open to traffic, with on-street parking returned to residents and traders.
In October 2016, we replanted the community's much-loved palm trees including some additional new palm trees and constructed bike and pedestrian paths. Final landscaping works were undertaken in December 2016 along with the restoration of local roads.
We have also said goodbye to EE Gunn Reserve and have moved our equipment off site. Glen Eira City Council is currently undertaking the reinstatement program.
Ormond Station's new southern entrance was opened to the community in October 2016. 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 2016, 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 patience and understanding during our construction works. We couldn't have done it without you!
Traders open for business
The project team worked closely with local traders to minimise the impacts of construction and ensure access to local businesses was maintained at all times. We encouraged the local communities around North, McKinnon and Centre roads to continue supporting their local businesses, who traded as usual throughout the project.
Open for business video
View the video and transcript
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.
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.