Easter blitz to fast-track level crossing removals
03 Mar 2016
Construction in Ormond, McKinnon and Bentleigh will ramp up over Easter, enabling three of Victoria's worst level crossings – at North, McKinnon and Centre Roads – to be removed months ahead of schedule.
Construction crews will take advantage of the quieter Easter holiday period to lay bridge decks at McKinnon and Centre roads, which will enable traffic to flow while the lowered train line is dug underneath.
To enable this work to be done safely and efficiently, buses will replace trains on sections of the Frankston line from Friday 25 March until the last service on Sunday 3 April.
McKinnon and Centre roads will also be closed from late on Thursday 24 March to 5:00am to Tuesday 5 April.
At the same time, Ormond and McKinnon Stations will close for four to five months so they can be demolished and completely rebuilt. For Frankston line passengers, the train will continue to operate and run express through these stations. A replacement bus service will operate along Jasper road for users of McKinnon and Ormond station.
Bentleigh Station will close in early June for rebuilding. All three new stations are due to be open, and the dangerous and congested level crossings gone, by the start of the footy finals – months ahead of schedule.
Works will also ramp up in St Albans over Easter, with Furlong Road closed from Sunday, 27 March to Monday to 18 April. There will be no impacts on train or bus services.
A short construction campaign this weekend will also impact services, with buses replacing trains between Caulfield and Mordialloc stations from 7:00pm, Friday 4 March until the last service on Sunday 6 March. Centre Road will also be closed this weekend to allow works to occur safely.