New Cheltenham Station now open
17 Aug 2020
The new Cheltenham Station is now open to the public with trains running in the new rail trenches and stopping at the station from Sunday 16 August.
The station opening follows the recent removal of three more level crossings on the Frankston line and the early opening of Mentone Station, after two months of intensive work from May to July.
It’s a major milestone on the project where work has continued with strict safety measures, supporting jobs and businesses through the pandemic.
The new Cheltenham Station has two sets of lifts and stairs and a new forecourt and community open space along Charman Road featuring the much loved and iconic station palm trees. A multilevel rail passenger car park is set to be completed in mid 2021.
It is the eighth of 12 new stations to be built on the Frankston line as part of a $3 billion rail infrastructure investment that also includes removing 18 level crossings, more than on any other rail line.
Finishing touches to the Cheltenham and Mentone stations, landscaping and a new 3.5 kilometre walking and cycling path between Cheltenham and Mentone will continue until late 2020.
Locals have already seen an improvement in local traffic with all three roads re-opened boom gate free in mid-June. Previously, the boom gates at Cheltenham and Mentone could be down for up to 49 minutes in the morning peak – causing delays and frustration for the 38,000 vehicles that cross the rail line each day.
The new modern stations in Cheltenham and Mentone are five-star Green Star design rated and include solar panels, water saving and rainwater collection, and will significantly reduce potential greenhouse gas emissions.
Work is continuing safely on the Frankston line as part of Victoria’s Big Build, the biggest transport upgrade ever. Construction on large-scale public infrastructure projects has been deemed critical under Stage four restrictions, so works will continue, with strict health and safety protocols in place.
Workforce numbers have already been significantly reduced to support directions from the Chief Health Officer.
Across Melbourne, the Victorian Government is removing 75 level crossings by 2025. The Cheltenham and Mentone project means 38 dangerous and congested level crossings are now gone for good.