On our way: works ramp up at Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach
21 Aug 2020
We’re getting on with the job of removing five dangerous and congested level crossings in Chelsea, Edithvale and Bonbeach, with our site offices established and works set to ramp up over the next month.
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.
We’re removing five level crossings from Edithvale to Bonbeach by lowering sections of the Frankston line and building three new stations.
As part of our works, we’ll create a more direct road network by connecting Thames Promenade to Nepean Highway and improve walking and cycling paths – making it safer and easier for pedestrians and cyclists to move around the local area.
Over the weekend, we worked around the clock, getting our worksites ready for construction by installing safety fencing and relocating utilities and underground services.
Next month, we’ll continue preparing our Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach worksites for major construction, which will require a week-long rail closure.
The one-week closure of the Frankston line will begin on the night of Tuesday 1 September, with buses replacing trains between Mordialloc and Frankston/Stony Point until last train on Sunday 6 September, for those who rely on public transport for essential reasons.
During this time we’ll work 24/7 to upgrade power and signalling both overhead and underground, as well as relocate underground utilities, such as gas, water and sewer.
Crews will also use this time to construct support pads for heavy machinery and piling rigs, which are set to land onsite later in the year.
Throughout September works to relocation and upgrade underground services including sewer and gas will take place in various locations along Station Street and Nepean Highway, requiring some short-term road closures. Traffic management will be in place to help locals move safely through the area.
The Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach local communities will see more changes to the area and the way they travel during construction, including a long-term lane closure on Nepean Highway and closure of the bike lane along Station Street to enable works to be carried out safely.
Our works are a part of a $3 billion upgrade of the Frankston line, which will see 18 level crossings gone for good and 12 new station built – improving safety, reducing congestion and allowing more trains to run more often.