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Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach community update – February 2020

04 Feb 2020

New station designs released

The Level Crossing Removal Project is removing 18 level crossings and building 12 new stations as part of a $3 billion upgrade along the Frankston line that will improve safety, reduce congestion and allow more trains to run more often.

From Edithvale to Bonbeach, we’re getting rid of five dangerous level crossings, fixing local road networks and upgrading dangerous intersections. Construction of this vital project will begin in 2020, with all level crossings gone in 2022.

As part of the level crossing removals, three new modern stations will be built at Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach providing better connections between public transport, local shops and the beach.

These upgrades allow for the closure of Lochiel Avenue. While only a small number of vehicles use the Lochiel Avenue level crossing daily, it creates significant congestion with boom gates down for 39 minutes in the morning peak. With the improved Edithvale Road intersection only 500 metres away, vehicles will have more efficient and safer access across the Frankston line.

Artist impression of Chelsea Station.

Upgrading the Frankston line

  • Removing 18 level crossings, more than any other line in Melbourne
  • New modern signalling to modern technology
  • New train storage facility
  • Building 12 new modern stations
  • Metro tunnel will cut Frankston line journey times.

Your new Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach stations

At Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach we’re building new modern stations designed to better connect commuters, pedestrians and cyclists to local activity hubs, community facilities and the beach.

The new station designs are inspired by the surrounding landscape and the use of natural materials. The connection with traditional owners of the land is recognised in the station designs, with woven canopies representing the area’s indigenous textiles and craft.

The community has played an important role in helping us to develop our designs. We received a great response to our general feedback survey in August and October 2019. Your feedback has helped refine elements of the station design, including landscaping and materials.

Each station will have:

  • Improved station facilities and more lighting
  • Six entry points reducing commuter congestion
  • Improved safety for pedestrians and cyclists with dedicated shared use paths
  • Better all-abilities access and parking
  • Secure bike storage cages and more bicycle hoops.

We heard that you want:

  • A coastal look and feel to the station designs
  • Materials and public art that enhance the local surroundings
  • Durable materials such as bluestone, pavers, timber and decorative perforated screens
  • A combination of native trees, shrubs, flowering plants and grasses that extend the character of the local area
  • A focus on safety for road users and pedestrians.

Project timeline

DateProgress
2019
  • Site investigations
Early 2020
  • Start of relocation of underground services
  • Start of works on Nepean Highway
2021
  • Major construction underway
  • Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach stations closed
  • Major rail closure to dig rail trench and lower rail
  • Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach stations open
2022
  • Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach level crossings gone and works complete

* Dates subject to change.

Chelsea Station Platform

Artist impression of Chelsea Station platform. Subject to change.

Edithvale Station

The new Edithvale Station will have three entrances on each side of the station, making it easier and safer to get to station platforms from all directions.

The new Edithvale Station will have three entrances on each side of the station, making it easier and safer to get to station platforms from all directions.

Chelsea Station

The new Chelsea Station includes a design inspired by the landscape, and the use of natural materials and warm colours to create a coastal look and feel.

The new Chelsea Station includes a design inspired by the landscape, and the use of natural materials and warm colours to create a coastal look and feel.

Bonbeach Station

The new Bonbeach Station has its own unique features, including a large framed window for locals and visitors to enjoy a view to the ocean, and a vertical garden that will create a shaded approach to the station along Nepean Highway.

The new Bonbeach Station has its own unique features, including a large framed window for locals and visitors to enjoy a view to the ocean, and a vertical garden that will create a shaded approach to the station along Nepean Highway.

What we achieved in 2019

  • Start of early works for Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach
  • Indigenous artwork by local artists installed at Seaford Road
  • More than 100,000 trees and shrubs planted in Seaford
  • New community open space at RF Miles Reserve, Seaford near complete
  • 1.5kms of shared use path open in Seaford with more than 11kms to be built from Edithvale to Frankston by 2022
  • Commenced major works at Cheltenham and Mentone
  • Upgraded 3.5km of rail services and relocated drainage, telecommunications cables, power, sewer and gas in Mentone and Cheltenham
  • Drilled over 140 piles in Cheltenham and 100 in Mentone, with more than 2,000 piles to be installed in total at Mentone and Cheltenham
  • Drilled 207 piles, 36 concrete piers, 32 u-troughs and six 43 metre steel beams installed for the new rail bridge at Carrum
  • Karrum Karrum bridge ramps complete, including urban marker and Yarning Circle
  • Works underway for the new Kananook Train Storage Facility

Preparing for construction

Stakeholder Liaison and Trader Reference Groups

After a great response from the Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach communities, we've finalised membership of the new Stakeholder Liaison Group (SLG) and Trader Reference Group (TRG) and will introduce your community representatives to you in February.

The community members selected reflect a wide range of interests across Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach.

The SLG and TRG members will provide local perspectives on project works, particularly in relation to minimising construction impacts on the community and local businesses.

Early works continue

Early geotechnical investigations help us understand the important ground conditions and locate underground services across the project area.

In 2019, we undertook a range of geotechnical and ground investigations in Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach. Investigations will continue in 2020.

Rail closures

From Sunday 2 February to Sunday 16 February 2020, buses will replace trains between Moorabbin, Frankston and Stony Point for level crossing removal works, as we prepare to open the new Carrum Station. Train replacement bus stop locations may change and passengers will be advised ahead of time.

Find out if you’re affected on our website.

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