Full steam ahead on the Frankston line
08 May 2020
The Frankston line received a boost this May, with the opening of the new Kananook Train Storage Facility in Seaford.
The new train storage facility is part of the Level Crossing Removal Project’s program of works to upgrade and improve the reliability of Melbourne’s rail network, allowing more trains, to run more often on the Frankston line.
The new facility provides the essential daily services needed to keep Frankston line trains running reliably, allowing trains to be stored, cleaned and prepared for the next day’s service.
The facility has been future proofed with room for more train storage or a train maintenance facility as network demand increases.
A new signal control centre, also built on site allows train movements to be managed from a central location, minimising disruptions for Frankston line commuters.
Doing our bit for the environment too, solar panels have been installed on the buildings to help offset power use and reliance on the grid.
More than 11,000 tonnes or two Olympic sized swimming pools of rail ballast, recycled from the Carrum Level Crossing Removal Project was used to build the facility, helping reduce our reliance on raw materials and energy required to mine and transport materials.
As part of ongoing works to improve the performance and reliability of Frankston line services, the project is also upgrading more than 30 kilometres of overhead wiring, replacing 60 per cent of old signalling equipment with a modern computer-based system, and building three new substations along the Frankston line.