Major construction is now underway, on the North Road, McKinnon Road and Centre Road level crossing removals.
A project team including John Holland and KBR will remove the crossings and rebuild Ormond, McKinnon and Bentleigh stations.
Removal of the level crossings will transform the station areas into modern transport interchanges and include:
- 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
Bentleigh station artist impression
McKinnon station artist impression
Ormond station artist impression
Following extensive community feedback and detailed design investigations:
- the Dorothy Avenue underpass will remain open to pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles at the end of the level crossing removal works
- a second station entrance will be provided on the southern side of North Road. This means that train customers will be able to access the new Ormond Station from the southern side of North Road (at Cadby Avenue), minimising the need to cross North Road to access the station. This is possible due to the slightly wider land footprint, compared to McKinnon and Bentleigh stations. The second station entrance will also be fitted with a second set of lifts (one at each platform) and a second set of stairs to the central platform.
All three level crossings are on the Frankston line and sit within two kilometres of each other. Delivering these level crossing removals at the same time will accelerate delivery of the overall level crossing removal project for the community, minimise disruption to residents and road users, and reduce the number of rail line closures on the Frankston line.
Planned travel disruptions
Careful planning and scheduling will maintain road access and train services through much of the construction program, however some road, rail and station closures will be necessary to undertake works safely.
Stakeholder Liaison Group
A Stakeholder Liaison Group comprised of local businesses, community groups and residents is meeting monthly to provide input into the project, and share information within the community.
Working with traders - think local
The project team is working closely with local traders to minimise the impacts of construction where we can, and ensure access at all times.
We also encourage the local communities around North, McKinnon and Centre roads to continue supporting their local businesses, who are trading as usual throughout the project.
North, Centre and McKinnon Road shops now have their own website - Open for Business.
Check out some great offers and information about your local shopping strips which are Open for Business during construction works.
Open for business video
Local residents, businesses and other stakeholders are being kept up to date with the project and its progress via website updates, regular bulletins and letterbox drops, local newspaper advertising, onsite information boards and community information displays.
Shorter construction schedule
Thanks to careful project planning, the amount of time to construct the projects has been shortened, with major road and rail closures brought forward six months to June/July 2016. This will see the project completed earlier than originally planned, in late 2016. The shorter construction schedule will also minimise disruption for residents and businesses.
Major works underway
In the first step toward lowering the rail line under the road, major works on the project started in late 2015, with commencement of construction of the retaining walls.
During the major closures in January 2016 the bridge deck was successfully constructed at North Road.
Over Easter there was a closure of the Frankston line and Centre and McKinnon Roads to finalise the bridge deck at McKinnon Road and fully construct the bridge deck at Centre Road.
These works have prepared the area for the team to lower the rail line when the trains are not running in June/July 2016.
Bus replacement services video
During major construction, there will be changes to train and bus services, as well as traffic and pedestrian access. Please visit our disruptions page for updates.
All car parks will be temporarily closed from 1 March until the end of 2016.