Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach traffic improvements and changes – July 2019
28 Jul 2019
Image: traffic banked up in Edithvale
Streamlining traffic along Nepean Highway
The Level Crossing Removal Project is removing 18 level crossings on the Frankston line and building 12 new stations as part of a $3 billion upgrade of the Frankston line.
From Edithvale to Bonbeach we’re getting rid of five dangerous level crossings, fixing local road networks and upgrading dangerous intersections.
The removal of five level crossings in Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach means that boom gates will no longer bank up traffic waiting to cross the Frankston line in peak hours. These changes will take through-traffic off local roads, reducing rat-running, and making local streets safer and quieter.
Closure of Lochiel Avenue
As part of these works, we will also close Lochiel Avenue to traffic. 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. The changes will add less than two minutes extra journey time to your average commute.
Improving traffic flow
- No more congested crossings caused by 200 daily train services
- Bigger intersections with more green time
- Better access to major arterials
- Better local connections to stations, shops and beaches
Edithvale Road, Edithvale, Chelsea Road and Argyle Avenue, Chelsea and Bondi Road, Bonbeach will be removed by lowering the rail line into a trench. Lochiel Avenue, Edithvale and Swanpool Avenue will be closed to traffic.
The removal of the Edithvale Road level crossing incorporates a streamlined four-lane intersection with dedicated turning lanes over the rail line. This will improve traffic flow to Nepean Highway as well as to major arterial connections including the Mornington Peninsula Freeway and future Mordialloc Freeway.
This upgrade allows for the closure of the level crossing at Lochiel Avenue with the next crossing only 500 metres away. Pedestrian and cyclist access across the rail line will be retained with a signalised crossing for safety and accessibility.
We’re building a new road connection between Thames Promenade and the Nepean Highway in Chelsea that will create a direct connection to major arterial roads, including the Mornington Peninsula Freeway and future Mordialloc Freeway.
Traffic movements will be streamlined on Thames Promenade and surrounding streets.
The level crossing at Argyle Avenue will be removed and the intersection upgraded with dedicated turning lanes.
These changes allow for the Swanpool Avenue and Chelsea Road crossings to be closed to vehicles.
The upgraded Bondi Road, Bonbeach intersection will be extended over the rail line with dedicated turning lanes to cross over the rail line, making a safer and less congested intersection and streamline traffic movements through this area.
How will the improvements impact locals?
Fewer level crossings along this stretch of Nepean Highway will mean less congestion, less time stuck at boom gates, and more reliable journey times for locals and other road users. There will be better access to major arterials, local shopping precincts, train stations and the beach.
Why do you need to close Lochiel Avenue level crossing?
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, the changes will add less than two minutes extra journey time. Vehicles will have more efficient and safer access across the Frankston line, as well as direct connections to the Mornington Peninsula Freeway and future Mordialloc Freeway.