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Three more level crossings gone on the Frankston line by the end of 2020

09 Jan 2020

Work is ramping up for the removal of three more dangerous and congested level crossings and construction of two new modern stations at Cheltenham and Mentone on the Frankston line, paving the way for a construction blitz in May.

Major construction started in late 2019 on the rail trench, which will lower the Frankston line under Park Road and Charman Road in Cheltenham as well as Balcombe Road in Mentone.

Preparations for the construction of two new modern stations mean Mentone Station will close in late March 2020 and Cheltenham Station will close from mid April 2020.

Trains will run express through the stations until a two-month closure of a section of the Frankston line, which will run from mid May to mid July 2020.

During the construction blitz, buses will replace trains from Moorabbin to Mordialloc so excavation of the rail trench can take place. For road users, there will be temporary closures of level crossings during this time and detours will be in place to minimise disruption.

When trains resume, the crossings will be gone for good and new stations will open shortly after with finishing works continuing into early 2021.

Also today, new designs were unveiled for Mentone Station gardens. The designs, based on community feedback, feature a large new recreational area.

The new heritage deck will provide 540 square metres of valuable new community space in Mentone, as well as more green space, wider paths, with ramps to improve accessibility.

Kingston City Council has contributed $2.9 million to extending the deck all the way to Balcombe Road. This has enabled the garden design to incorporate the new space.

Council’s contribution also funded a 15-metre deck extension in Cheltenham and additional car parking.

During construction at Mentone the five heritage-listed trees – three Canary Island date palms and two Norfolk pines - will be protected and the heritage-listed Mentone Station buildings will be refurbished on site.

The Friends of Mentone Station and Gardens community group have been a key part of our work at Mentone to date and will continue to be involved in the project as we move into construction.

Works at Cheltenham and Mentone are part of a massive $3 billion investment on the Frankston line, which includes the removal of 18 level crossings, with five already removed, and building 12 new stations.

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Check out the new Mentone Station garden designs below.

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