Frankston quarterly update - October 2018
Two more crossings gone
Over the past few months there have been significant changes to the Frankston line, including the removal of the level crossings at Skye Road in Frankston and at Seaford Road in Seaford, the opening of the Station Street road bridge in Carrum, and the completion of the brand new Frankston Station. The removal of the Skye Road and Seaford Road crossings means we've completed five of the 13 level crossings on the Frankston line.
The job isn’t done yet, we’ll continue working to remove more dangerous and congested level crossings along the Frankston line over the next two years.
Here’s a look at what’s to come:
Starting late 2018:
- Park Road, Cheltenham
- Charman Road, Cheltenham
- Balcombe Road, Mentone
Starting in 2019:
- Station Street, Carrum
- Eel Race Road, Carrum
- Mascot Avenue, Bonbeach
- Station Street/Bondi Road, Bonbeach
- Edithvale Road, Edithvale
Thank you for your patience while we carry out these important works that will improve safety, and reduce congestion in local communities, and help to improve train services for the 40,000 commuters who use the Frankston line every day.
Station Street bridge complete
September saw the community come together and celebrate, as Carrum and Bonbeach residents were given another option to drive over the Patterson River. The soon-to-be-named bridge along Station Street was officially opened on 22 September - months ahead of schedule - by Premier Daniel Andrews, with a free community celebration that saw more than 1000 people attend.
After a smoking ceremony performed by the Traditional Owners of the Land, the community was invited to be the first to cross the bridge and run through a banner. The local CFA got behind the opening too, with a fire truck the first vehicle to drive over the bridge.
The opening was followed by a community celebration in Carrum, where locals enjoyed food and entertainment. There was also an opportunity to find out more about the bridge and future level crossing removal works in Carrum at the newly opened info hub, located next to the Carrum Surf Life Saving Club.
The new bridge has two lanes open to local traffic, with a dedicated bike lane and a shared walking and cycling path to open later in the year. Construction of pedestrian ramp connections to the Patterson River and landscaping will continue through to early 2019.
Construction of the bridge started in early 2018, when an 18.5-metre barge was towed 30 nautical miles from Queenscliff to Carrum. A 250-tonne crane was placed on the barge and has been used for everything from the initial piling work to lifting the final beams onto the bridge.
In total, 32 beams weighing over 30 tonnes each were lifted into place and 700 tonnes of asphalt was laid. For decades, the local community has strongly advocated for a local road bridge over the Patterson River, which is the first stage of the $588 million level crossing removal project in Carrum.
Up next in Carrum
Completing the Station Street road bridge over the Patterson River is the first step in the level crossing removals and revitalisation that will transform the local area. As part of the project, we will also be removing the level crossings at Station Street and Eel Race Road in Carrum, and Mascot Avenue in Bonbeach.
These changes, along with the $50 million revitalisation project, will transform Carrum into a modern, vibrant and connected bayside community, and will provide safer and easier access between the beach, local shops and public transport.
The revitalisation will help to boost business for local shops by attracting more people to the area, and will provide more ways for residents and visitors to enjoy the bayside suburb. Streetscaping and landscaping will create a welcoming boulevard along the Nepean Highway and Station Street.
Construction in and around Carrum and Bonbeach is part of a massive $2 billion investment on the Frankston line, which includes the removal of 13 level crossings and construction of nine new stations.
Your say: Station Street Bridge
“This is fantastic, absolutely brilliant. I think the whole rejuvenation of Carrum is going to be a magnificent project. Carrum is a great place but it’s going to make it even greater. It’s going to open the whole area up.”
“I’ve got to cross the line every Thursday to get to tennis, and it took me half an hour to get across and back again to pick people up on the way. I can’t wait until it all opens.”
“One of the best things about it is the new bridge. Our current bridge doesn’t have a barrier between pedestrians and traffic, whereas the new bridge is very secure and you can walk or cycle across and now feel very protected. In that regard I think it’s great."
Carrum revitalisation update
The community has been keenly sharing their ideas about the $50 million revitalisation of Carrum, being delivered as part of the Carrum Level Crossing Removal Project.
More than 500 survey responses were received from the local community in the final round of community engagement, which asked locals how they would like to use the new beach promenade and village square, including the overall look and feel of the area.
Feedback collected through consultation and the dedicated Carrum Revitalisation Reference Group will be developed into an engagement report, with our design team using this information to update their designs and create a great place the community can be proud of.
Updated designs for the revitalisation will be released later this year.
That's a wrap on the Skye and Overton Road
In June this year, we said goodbye to the boom gates at Skye and Overton Roads in Frankston, when trains started travelling on the new 370-metre-long rail bridges. Previously impacting up to 10,000 vehicles each day, the intersection’s design now allows vehicles and pedestrians to travel under the rail line with more safety and without delays due to boom gate closures.
In September we held a Skye/Overton Thank You BBQ, to say thanks for your patience while we carried out these important works. The community braved the weather and joined the fun with a display of vintage cars, a sausage sizzle and face painting for our littlest locals, as well as an opportunity to see the project up close in its final stages.
The finishing touches carried out over the past months have included construction of the new shared user path and car park, as well as planting 280 trees and more than 35,000 plants and seedlings. About 95 per cent of these new plants are natives.
The now-completed project has reconnected the Frankston community on either side of the rail line, resulting in a safer journey for pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and public transport users.
Frankston live improvements
As part of the 13 level crossing removals along the Frankston line, we're also upgrading rail infrastructure to make train services more reliable. In some places, the signalling equipment is more than half a century old, needs constant maintenance and is more likely to cause signal faults. Upgrades to power and signalling along sections of the Frankston line will help to make services more punctual and reliable for commuters.
Seaford Road level crossing removed
The Frankston line has one less congested and dangerous level crossing with the separation of road and rail at Seaford Road. The boom gates were removed on 9 September and Seaford Road reopened to traffic on 27 September 2018. With the boom gates gone, traffic can flow more freely along Seaford Road and reliability is improved for trains on the Frankston line. As part of the construction and completion of the Seaford Road level crossing removal we:
- Laid 2.6 kilometres of new track
- Installed 35 kilometres of signal cabling
- Used 16 L-shaped segments, weighing 125 tonnes each, to create the rail bridge.
We would like to thank the local community for their patience and cooperation during the removal works.
Final designs are soon to be released for the Seaford revitalisation, which will include six kilometres of new walking and cycling paths, new open community space, upgrades to RF Miles Reserve and streetscaping and landscaping.
Almost 400 responses to our Seaford revitalisation surveys have helped our design team update the designs to create a great space the local community will love. We heard the community was looking for a natural-looking area, safe open spaces, high-quality play equipment for all ages, plenty of vegetation and materials that would help deter graffiti in the area.
Work on the Seaford revitalisation will start later this year and continue into mid-2019.
More than 100,000 trees, shrubs and smaller plants will be planted as part of the Seaford revitalisation, including native and indigenous vegetation.
Cheltenham on track
Early works will get underway later this year for the removal of level crossings at Park and Charman roads in Cheltenham, and Balcombe Road in Mentone. Further planning and design work will continue during this stage, with major construction to start in 2019.
Initial construction will include further site investigations and clearing the areas required for construction, including demolition works. We will keep the community updated as we have information to share about final designs and construction details.
Frankston Station celebrated in style
The new Frankston Station is now open. Taking passengers since June 2018, we’ve been working on the finishing touches over the past few months and the station is now complete.
More than 5000 passengers each day are now enjoying the station’s new facilities, including a comfortable waiting room, customer kiosk and additional platform seating. On 6 October 2018, people of all ages helped us celebrate the completion of the new station.
With music, food trucks, entertainment and a light show cast onto the station walls, it was an ideal opportunity for everyone to take a closer look at the new station and surrounding precinct, and celebrate their new station.
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