Cheltenham and Mentone community update – December 2019
18 Dec 2019
Major works underway
The Level Crossing Removal Project is removing 18 level crossings and building 12 new stations as part of a $3 billion upgrade of the Frankston line that will improve safety, reduce congestion and allow more trains to run more often.
In October and November, we upgraded and relocated underground rail cables, drainage and telecommunications cables at the Park Road and Charman Road level crossings in Cheltenham.
So we could safely complete these works, Charman Road was closed to vehicles between Blagdon Street and Station Road for two weeks.
We completed works early and re-opened the Charman Road level crossing more than four days ahead of schedule. We were also able to carry out piling works on Charman Road while it was closed, which will save time on a future closure.
The piling rigs will drill holes as deep as 50 metres and fill them with steel mesh and concrete. These will form the walls of the rail trench.
We’d like to thank the local community and traders for your support and patience during these works.
Foundation works continue
We started foundation works for the rail trench in Cheltenham in November, with more than 140 piles installed so far.
You may have already seen our first piling rig at the Park Road level crossing, with our second rig at Blagdon Street, Cheltenham.
Piling has also started on Como Parade East in Mentone and will continue along the rail line towards Warrigal Road throughout December, with 100 piles dug so far.
Around 2000 holes need to be drilled in Mentone and Cheltenham before the rail trenches can be dug out in mid 2020.
Major works are now underway in Cheltenham and Mentone
Road closures in early 2020
To do these piling works, we will need to close Charman and Park roads at various times in January and February.
- Park Road will be closed between Hall Street and Churchill Avenue from Wednesday 15 January to Wednesday 22 January 2020
- Charman Road will be closed between Station Road and Blagdon Street for five weeks from Saturday 1 February to Saturday 7 March 2020.
At Charman Road, we will also install sections of the new road bridge and continue underground service relocation and drainage works.
We’ll be working 24 hours a day during this time to keep the road closures to a minimum.
Charman Road detour
Changes to bus routes
Bus routes 600, 811, 812, 922 and 923 will change routes due to the Charman Road closure.
See map below for bus stop changes and detour routes during the Charman Road closure.
Bus route 822 will change routes during the Park Road closure.
For more information on changes to bus routes go to the PTV website or call 1800 800 007.
Shops will stay open and we encourage you to keep shopping locally during this time.
See the map for detour routes or visit our website for an interactive map.
Balcombe Road works
Since October, we’ve been relocating underground services including power, telecommunications and gas. These service works often require lane, road or pedestrian path closures.
Before we begin major construction in Mentone, we need to upgrade underground drainage and sewerage at the Balcombe Road level crossing.
To do this work, there will be temporary lane closures from January to late March 2020 on Balcombe Road between the level crossing and Swanston Street.
At times, you may see machinery on the Balcombe Road footpath near the station car park. We’ll have signs in place to guide you through the area.
We’re upgrading underground drainage and sewerage at the Balcombe Road level crossing
We’ve begun piling works in Cheltenham and Mentone, with over 240 piles dug so far
Frankston line closures
Buses will replace trains between Moorabbin, Frankston and Stony Point from 1am Sunday 2 February 2020 until last train Sunday 16 February 2020.
This follows two weekend rail line closures in November and December.
These closures allowed us to continue works in Mentone and Cheltenham, including piling, rail signalling and fencing installation, underground service upgrades and removing the third track in Cheltenham.
If you need further assistance to travel in February, alternative transport can be arranged by contacting PTV on 1800 800 007.
There will also be disruptions on the Frankston line in January. Go to the Big Build website for details.
We completed planned works ahead of schedule during the Charman Road closure and also carried out early piling works
Changes to alternative parking over Christmas
The alternative rail passenger parking area in Westfield Southland off Bay Road (marked in blue on the map below) will be unavailable to rail passengers until Wednesday 1 January 2020.
Rail users can still use the 115 free all-day parking spaces off Karen Street/Matthieson Street in Westfield Southland (marked in red) and the 136 free all-day parking spaces along Como Parade East and West near Parkdale Station.
This is to maximise parking for Westfield Southland customers during the busy holiday season
Walking and cycling
The pedestrian crossing at Mitchell Street on Como Parade East and Como Parade West, between Mentone Station and Warrigal Road, is closed until Thursday 19 December. The crossing will close permanently on Monday 13 January 2020. Pedestrians are advised to use the Rogers Street crossing.
Getting ‘Reddy’ for the holidays
Kacie (pictured) and Terry are preparing for their busiest time of the year
While most look to unwind this holiday season, Kacie and Terry at Reddy Roasts Carvery prepare for their busiest day of the year.
Reddy Roasts Carvery has been carving up roast dinners for the local community since 1988. Terry took over the business in 1999 and for the past 21 years has been working seven days a week to ensure everyone’s well fed.
This Cheltenham institution has been in the area so long that students who grabbed chips and gravy while waiting for the bus are now picking up roast dinners for their own families.
Terry has been in the catering industry for the past 51 years, starting his apprenticeship in 1968, but don’t mention retirement around him. He works 363 days a year, only having Good Friday and Boxing Day off. Apart from serving up roast meat and veggies in his shop he also finds time for corporate catering.
Reddy Roasts also delivers meals to the surrounding area from 5pm to 8pm seven days a week.
Their busiest day of the year is Christmas Day, when Terry and his daughter Kacie cook up to 450 dinners. This calls for a little help from the elves, in the form of Terry’s other daughter and son wo join the production line.
If you’ve missed the 16 December deadline for Christmas orders, you can still drop in to try a roast meat roll or chips and gravy, only available from 10am to 8pm Monday to Friday.
Check out Reddy Roasts Carvery on Facebook and drop in at 3 Station Road, Cheltenham or call 9583 7064.
Paul serves a wide range of fresh cuts at Morris Meats
For over 23 years Morris Meats has been serving the Mentone community. Paul Beaumont has been in the industry for 37 years and says he loves working in Mentone with its great people and atmosphere.
The busiest times of year for this local butcher are Christmas, Easter and the Orthodox holidays. Paul’s whisky-marmalade glazed ham is particularly popular this time of year. Other big sellers are his doner roll chicken and ham hickory. He also does a lot of mouth-watering lamb and chicken gyros.
Paul is taking orders up until Christmas but recommends you get in soon while stocks last.
In the meantime, why not pop into Morris Meats and check out what’s on offer. All the beef and lamb on offer is grass fed and the Lilydale chicken on offer is sourced straight from the farmer. These fresh cuts are all done in-house as are the delicious gourmet sausages. In fact, all of Paul’s produce is made on site aside from the veggie burgers which also get rave reviews.
Check out Morris Meats on Facebook and drop in at 113 Mentone Parade or call 9583 6102.
Festival fun in Cheltenham and Mentone
People enjoyed the sounds of local performers Vardos and Longbeach Ukes
Thank you to everyone who attended our street festivals in Cheltenham and Mentone in support of our local traders.
Cheltenham residents got groovy at the Cheltenham Street Party on Friday 15 November, which marked the beginning of the Charman Road closure. The Mentone community enjoyed festive celebrations at the Mentone Garden Party on Friday 29 November, held in conjunction with Kingston City Council’s ‘Christmas in Mentone’ event.
People enjoyed food from local businesses, sampling the many different cuisines in their local community. Many residents said they were keen to get out and try the local restaurants and cafes they haven’t been to before.
There was no shortage of entertainment for both adults and children. Face painting and circus performers kept the many children amused while adults enjoyed live music from local bands and a didgeridoo performance, courtesy of the Bunurong Land Council.
Members of the project team talked to locals, and shared information and answered questions about upcoming works.
A young onlooker watches our digger get to work on Charman Road
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