Issue #07

The project team is preparing for the largest program of works ever undertaken on the Frankston rail line. It will take the team just 37 days to remove three level crossings, excavate the rail corridor, lower the rail line under the roads and start building three new stations.

What you need to know about our mid-year works

An incredible amount of planning has gone into our final major work program to make sure we do things as quickly and efficiently as possible. After all, this will be the first time three level crossings have ever been removed at once.

Between Friday 24 June and Monday 1 August:

  • Works will take place 24/7 for 37 days.
  • Locals should expect to hear medium to high-level noise during this time.
  • More than 1,000 personnel will rotate on day and night shifts.
  • 250,000 cubic metres of soil will be excavated from the rail corridor in just 10 days (enough to fill the MCG).
  • We will use 50 excavators, 15 dozers, six graders and six loaders to dig, push, flatten and move the excavated soil.
  • Every hour, 150 trucks will transport the excavated soil offsite.
  • 33,000 cubic metres of concrete will be poured along the new rail alignment (equivalent to five acres or 40 house blocks).
  • 3,000 tonnes of steel reinforcement will be used.

Our project team will be on-call:

  • We will be available 24/7 via our dedicated project hotline.
  • Community and trader 'drop-in' sessions will be held every Wednesday between 24 June and 1 August from 5pm to 8pm at the Bentleigh Club.
  • People who may be significantly affected by the works have been contacted in advance.
  • We are working with traders to promote the Open for Business message and keep the roads open wherever possible.

By 1 August, the trains will be back up and running. McKinnon Station will be operational in early August, followed by Ormond and Bentleigh stations in late August. At that time, the project team will put the finishing touches on the stations, start constructing the new station car parks and undertake landscaping. The overall project will be complete in late 2016.

Changes to the way you travel

Rail disruptions

Due to station closures, Frankston line trains are not currently stopping at Ormond, McKinnon or Bentleigh stations.

Instead, customers may choose to use an alternative station or the train replacement buses operating between Caulfield and Moorabbin, stopping at all train replacement bus stops.

During the mid-year major work program, buses will replace Frankston line trains between Caulfield and Moorabbin stations from 9pm on Friday 24 June to the last service on Sunday 31 July. In addition, from 9pm until the last service each night, from Sunday 26 June to Wednesday 29 June, buses will replace trains between Caulfield and Frankston.

Please note Frankston line trains are operating from platforms 2 and 3 until 9pm on Monday 24 June at Glenhuntly and Patterson stations.

Commuter car parking

Parking is available in surrounding streets within a five to 10 minute walk of train replacement bus stops, with many streets having all day parking on one side. Alternatively, 320 spaces will be available for free at Caulfield Racecourse, from 25 June to 31 July, for people wishing to catch the train from Caulfield Station (access will be via Station Street, East Caulfield, through Gates 20 and 21). Parking is also available at Glenhuntly and Patterson stations.

Road disruptions

Having constructed the new bridge decks earlier in the year, we are now able to keep North, McKinnon and Centre roads open for most of the major works throughout June and July.

There will be some changes to traffic conditions on these roads, but closures will be limited to nights and one weekend to minimise disruption to local traders and bus services. Please refer to the table below for more details.

Where feasible, trucks carting excavated soil off site will be directed to major arterial roads. A map detailing the planned haulage routes can be found at North McKinnon Centre Crossings along with other project information.

Road Timing (2016)
North Road (lane closures only) Friday 24 June to Monday 1 August
McKinnon Road closed 8pm on Friday 24 June to 6am on Monday 27 June
Various overnight only closures from 8pm to 6am are also planned (please take note of road signage in the area).
Centre Road closed 8pm on Friday 24 June to 6am on Saturday 25 June 8pm on Saturday 25 June to 6am on Monday 27 June
Various overnight only closures from 8pm to 6am are also planned (please take note of road signage in the area).

Dates are subject to confirmation and any changes will be updated in subsequent newsletters. There will also be temporary changes to traffic conditions on some local roads. This includes making some roads one-way and removing some on-street parking. Please refer to our disruptions page for more information and look out for on-road signage.

Bus diversions

During the planned road closures (see table above), bus Routes 626, 701, 703 and Night Bus 979 will be diverted. For further journey planning and service information visit ptv.vic.gov.au or call 1800 762 667.

The project team would like to once again thank the community for your ongoing support and patience during our works. The good news is that by 1 August, the bulk of the project will be complete, with the dangerous and congested level crossings removed!

Out of hours works

To make sure construction works are undertaken safely and with the least possible disruption to train services, some works are required out of hours. Upcoming out of hours works and associated road closures are detailed below. 

When (2016) Activities Changes to commuter services Road closures
Until Friday 24 June
Works will be 24/7 during this period (except on Sunday 19 and Monday 20 June)
Works along the western side of the rail corridor from Murray Road in Ormond to EE Gunn.
Works will include excavation, steel reinforcement, erecting formwork and site clean-up.
Medium level noise will be associated with these works.
None planned None planned
Until Friday 24 June
Works will be 24/7 during this period (except on Sunday 19 and Monday 20 June)
Drainage works on Murray Road, Glen Orme Avenue and Station Avenue.
Medium to high level noise will be associated with these works.
None planned Some local road closures (local residents will be advised in advance)
Friday 24 June to Monday 1 August
Works will be 24/7 during this period
Excavate and lower the rail line.
Commence rebuilding all three stations.
Construct new rail line and install new overhead structures and signalling.
Other works along the rail corridor between Glenhuntly and Patterson stations.
Medium to high level noise and construction impacts will be associated with these works.
Buses to replace trains between Caulfield and Moorabbin from 9pm on Friday 24 June to the last service on Sunday 31 July.
From 9pm each night from Sunday 26 June to Wednesday 29 June, buses will replace trains between Caulfield and Frankston.
North Road lane closures from 24 June to 1 August.
McKinnon Road closed from 8pm on Friday 24 June to 6am on Monday 27 June.
Centre Road closed from 8pm on Friday 24 June
to 6am on Saturday 25 June, and from 8pm on Saturday 25 June to 6am on Monday 27 June.
Various overnight closures are also planned.

Dates and road closures are subject to confirmation and will be updated in subsequent newsletters and other notification letters to directly impacted businesses and residents. Out of hours works may also occur outside of these times. Please note works may be carried out on the Frankston line by other projects, unplanned works, or as part of regular maintenance and renewal programs. For journey planning and service information visit ptv.vic.gov.au or call 1800 762 667.

Thank you to the 600 local community and business members who took the time to join us at our information sessions in April and May. We really appreciate your feedback as well as your enthusiasm for the project.

Community corner

Supporting local traders

To date, the project team has undertaken a range of specific initiatives to support local traders, including:

  • Maintaining pedestrian access to local businesses at all times.
  • Minimising road closures (North, McKinnon and Centre roads will be open for most of the mid-year works).
  • Renting available car parking over June/July from Glen Eira City Council for project workers, and bussing crews in, to free up trader car parking.
  • Holding more than 80 briefings with local traders.
  • Working with traders on the 'Open for Business' campaign, including a dedicated trader website, social media, brochures, photos, and promotions.
  • Promoting the 'Open for Business' message on all disruptions press advertising and flyers.
  • Running dedicated print and radio advertisements for traders.
  • Distributing around 500,000 flyers and notifications to the community.
  • Hosting a marketing workshop for interested traders.
  • Offering business support services to traders who require additional help.
  • Trader representation on the project's Stakeholder Liaison Group.
  • Encouraging our project workers to buy from local businesses.

What can you do?

Your local traders are still open for business, even during major works and road closures. Please support them by shopping locally.

Visit the North McKinnon Centre website for further information on the campaign. This website also provides regular updates on our construction works and information about where you can park.

North McKinnon Centre project construction milestones

July 2015

Site established.

September 2015

Completed ground reinforcement works for retaining walls on each side of the existing rail line.

January 2016

Closed North Road, McKinnon Road and the rail line for nine days to construct the bridge decks.

March 2016

Closed Centre Road and the rail line for three days for services, signalling and overhead works.

Easter 2016

Closed McKinnon Road, Centre Road and the rail line for ten days to construct bridge decks.

Early to mid 2016

Closed Ormond Station, McKinnon Station and Bentleigh Station until August 2016 (we are here).

June/July 2016

Closure of the rail line for five weeks to excavate and reconstruct the rail line and remove the boom gates at the level crossings.

Late 2016

Project due for completion.

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