20 February 2017
Construction to remove the level crossings at Charman and Park road in Cheltenham, and Balcombe Road in Mentone is set to begin by the end of 2018.
After expert technical investigations and extensive community consultation over more than 12 months, the decision has been made to lower the rail line under the road.
In addition to removing the level crossings the project will also completely rebuild Cheltenham and Mentone Stations.
These level crossings are some of Victoria's most congested, with boom gates down for up to 49 minutes in the morning peak. They are also dangerous, with two collisions and countless near-misses in the last decade.
The project will also reinstate the third track at Cheltenham Station and extend it to connect with the mainline, creating space for more trains, more often on Frankston line.
Lowering the rail line at Cheltenham will require the acquisition of 32 properties – 25 houses and seven businesses. There are no acquisitions required at Mentone. A dedicated team within the Level Crossing Removal Authority will work closely with all affected owners and tenants through the acquisition process.
In coming months, there will be opportunities for the local community to have input on the urban design, landscaping, paths, and new station design.
This consultation and detailed design work will continue through the first half of this year, with the projects put out to tender by the end of the year and construction starting by the end of 2018.
Over the next two weeks we will be out in the community with our Mobile Information Hub which is situated in the carpark between the Mentone Train Station and Caltex on Balcombe Road.