Five dangerous Frankston line level crossings to go in 2021 – ahead of schedule
24 Feb 2021
It’s a big year on the Frankston line, with five more level crossings gone for good and three new stations opening in Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach by the end of the year – months ahead of schedule.
Five level crossings between Edithvale and Bonbeach will be removed by lowering sections of the Frankston line into a rail trench.
Works are well underway in Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach, with crews making great progress in the rail corridor as they continue piling foundations for the rail trench walls and new stations and relocating utilities.
Major construction will begin in mid-2021, when we will need to close Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach stations so we can dig the rail trenches and begin building the new modern station precincts.
Trains will run express through these stations until a two-month closure of the Frankston line beginning in Spring – the project’s major construction blitz. During this time, buses will replace trains between Mordialloc and Frankston/Stony Point and there will be temporary closures of level crossings.
Over a huge two months, crews will work around the clock to excavate the rail trenches, build roads over the rail trenches, extend Thames Promenade to the Nepean Highway, lay new tracks and signalling.
All five level crossings will be gone at the end of this major blitz, while the three new stations will open in stages by the end of 2021. Finishing touches, in 2022, will include landscaping, new open spaces and parking, and walking and cycling paths, part of more than 11 kilometres of new paths from Edithvale to Frankston.
The boom gates between Chelsea and Bonbeach can be down for up to 40 per cent of the morning – disrupting more than 27,000 vehicles each day.
As part of our works, we’re upgrading local intersections and creating longer turning lanes from Nepean Highway to improve traffic flow and reducing travel times for thousands of drivers who will no longer get caught at the boom gates.
Our works are part of a $3 billion upgrade of the Frankston line, which will see 18 level crossings gone for good and 12 new stations built – improving safety, reducing congestion and allowing more trains to run more often.