Issue #10

New stations at Ormond, McKinnon and Bentleigh are now open with trains stopping at all three stations.

Express services will return to normal on Monday 5 September 2016. During August we commenced reinstatement works on North, McKinnon and Centre Roads and these works will continue through September.

We have also started to demobilise some of our site compound areas, including EE Gunn Reserve. The reserve will soon be handed back to Glen Eira City Council and will undergo a reinstatement program.

What's next?

The project team is now focused on bringing the project to completion by the end of 2016. Over the next few months we will:

  • finalise the new stations and station car parks – on track to be completed in late October
  • continue to reinstate local roads
  • undertake landscaping at all three stations and along the rail corridor
  • hold station completion events/ community celebrations.

Thank you for your patience

We would like to thank traders, residents and the broader community for the huge amount of support shown so far, particularly during our five week intensive works program. We appreciate your continued patience as we focus on bringing the project to completion.

Future development at Ormond Station

In July 2016, the Victorian Government announced that it is considering future development at Ormond Station. This is part of the Government's vision to create vibrant communities around transport hubs.

The Ormond Station precinct offers significant development potential, including:

  • a choice of housing that caters for different lifestyles and needs
  • a more sustainable local economy through creation of ongoing jobs
  • a better sense of place through urban renewal
  • improved safety and security in the area
  • environmental benefits through sustainable development.

To facilitate development at the site, a formal planning scheme amendment (PSA) process will be undertaken, which will involve a public exhibition and consultation stage.

The PSA process will be led by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and is expected to occur later this year.

The Minister for Planning has established an independent expert panel (Level Crossing Removal Project Integrated Development Opportunities Standing Advisory Committee) to review the draft planning scheme amendment and community feedback, and provide advice for the Minister's consideration.

The Level Crossing Removal Authority and DELWP will make contact with local residents and businesses in advance of when the PSA process is due to begin.

Planning Scheme Amendment process 

Stage one Stage two Stage three Final stage
Public Exhibition Public Hearing Standing Advisory Committee Report to Minister for Planning Minister for Planning makes decision on planning controls

Changes to the way you travel

Return of Frankston line express services

Express train services will return to the Frankston line on Monday 5 September, with a mixture of express and stopping all stations services operating again in the AM and PM peaks.

Rail disruptions

Buses will replace trains on the Frankston line between Caulfield and Moorabbin stations from approximately 8:00pm on Saturday 3 September to 6:00am on Sunday 4 September.

Road disruptions

Temporary changes to traffic conditions will continue in September, with road closures limited to nights to minimise disruption to local traders and local route bus services.

North Road will continue to have lane closures in place with a minimum of two lanes open in each direction during the day and one lane open in each direction at night.

Some overnight closures may take place on McKinnon and Centre roads between 8:00pm and 6:00am (please refer to signage in the area).

Bus diversions

During any overnight closures of McKinnon and Centre roads, bus routes 626, 701, 703 and Night Bus 979 may be diverted.

For further journey planning, service and disruption information, please visit PTV or call 1800 800 007.

Out of hours works

When (2016)


Changes to commuter services

Road closures

Saturday 3 September to Sunday 4 September

  • Continue construction of Ormond, McKinnon and Bentleigh stations
  • Other works along the rail corridor between Glenhuntly and Patterson stations
  • Medium to high level noise will be associated with these works

Buses to replace trains between Caulfield and Moorabbin from approximately 8:00pm on Saturday 3 September to 6:00am on Sunday 4 September

None 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 or call 1800 800 007.

Community corner

Local traders and scouts help feed the workers

Many traders extended their opening hours during our major works to ensure our workforce were well fed. The project organised catering through a number of traders and other businesses became popular spots for workers on their breaks, including Mama G's who sold their 3,000th burger during our works.

The 1st McKinnon Scouts Cub Pack also put on a BBQ for workers on the last Friday night of our 37 day major works program. This initiative was part of the Boomerang Award Scheme, which encourages young people to do something for their community.

Workers were very happy to have their catering organised and more than generous in paying for the snags and drinks, which contributed towards the costs of the BBQ.  A big thanks goes to the 1st McKinnon Scouts Cub Pack. Well done to everyone involved in putting on the BBQ.

Bentleigh Sunday market

The Bentleigh Sunday Market will reopen Sunday 4 September. The market is open every Sunday from 7am to 12 noon and has over 120 stalls including plants, clothing, cosmetics, jewellery, books, videos, tools, antiques, crafts, pre-loved goods and more!

The Bentleigh Sunday Market is a not-for-profit project run by the Bentleigh Moorabbin Central Rotary Club with proceeds supporting local.

North McKinnon Centre project construction milestones

Date Stage
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.
June/July 2016 Closed 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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