Kananook Train Storage Facility - April 2019
12 Apr 2019
Improving train operations on the Frankston line
Works are underway to remove 18 level crossings and upgrade important rail infrastructure on the Frankston line, allowing more trains to run more often.
As part of these works, we're building the new Kananook Train Storage Facility that will provide storage for the six trains currently stored at Carrum.
Train storage facilities provide the essential daily services needed to keep Melbourne's train fleet running reliably. The new storage facility will include a new signal control centre that will allow train movements to be managed from a central location, minimising disruptions for Frankston line commuters.
The site selected in Seaford is large enough to provide storage for more than three times as many trains in the future, allowing for more trains as demand for services grows.
We're also upgrading 30 kilometres of overhead wiring, replacing 60 per cent of old signalling equipment with a modern computer-based system and building three new substations to improve the performance and reliability of Frankston line services.
Train storage facility in Mernda
To enable major works to get underway for the level crossing removals in Carrum, while we also build the new Kananook Train Storage Facility in Seaford, we’re firstly building a temporary train storage track near Kananook Station.
Widening bridge structures
To create space for the temporary train storage facility, some modifications will be made to the existing structures within the site. These include relocating piers that support the Quinn Street pedestrian bridge and widening the bridge structure at Klauer Street.
There’ll be temporary short-term closures of the Quinn Street pedestrian bridge. Drainage and existing overhead wiring will be upgraded and modified, including installation of 1.5 kilometres of overhead wiring.
Preparing the site
We'll be removing 1500 cubic metres of soil to prepare the area for the installation of the temporary track. During works, we'll ensure dust is minimised as much as possible.
Temporary train storage track
Once enough of the area is prepared, rail crews will move in to build the temporary storage track. They’ll install new rail, ballast, sleepers, and overhead structures and wiring.
We’re installing temporary train driver and cleaner facilities, to minimise disruptions to Frankston line services while works are underway. The train driver facility will be located in the Kananook Station car park and will occupy 18 car spaces.
The cleaner facilities will be located within the rail corridor at the end of Bayside Grove, for staff who clean the trains stored at night. This facility will require 24/7 access for cleaners, rubbish collection and security.
Substation and driver facilities
A new substation will be installed within the rail corridor adjacent to Bardia Avenue. This substation supports the temporary and permanent train storage facility and will provide a more reliable and stronger power source to improve train performance and reliability.
A permanent driver facility room will be built on the Kananook Station platform. The room is where drivers get ready, helping services run on time. Construction of the permanent train storage facility will commence in late 2019.
How train storage facilities operate
Train storage facilities are where trains are parked when not in service. While trains are in the facility they are cleaned and prepared for the next day’s service. At the Kananook Train Storage Facility, we're building seven tracks to store six trains and one track for rail maintenance vehicles.
We're also building a signal control centre, substation, equipment room and staff facilities and parking. The site is large enough to allow for more train storage or a train maintenance facility in the future as network demand increases. The train storage facility will be fully operational late 2020.
Train buffer stop
What to expect
Sounding on entry and exit of the facility, and during train preparation. This is a rail network safety requirement
From staff movement, daily maintenance and cleaning, and train preparation activities such as safety checks.
Lighting within the facility will be directed inwards, away from surrounding areas to minimise light spill.
The facility can be in use any time of the day or night. Trains will be prepared for the first service, cleaned after the last service and maintenance carried out at any time.
Construction at Kananook Train Stabling Facility
What are the operational hours of the facility?
These facilities provide the essential daily services needed to keep Melbourne's train fleet running reliably. The facility can be in use any time of the day or night. Trains will be prepared for the first service, cleaned after the last service and maintenance carried out at any time as required.
Will it be noisy?
The purpose of the train storage facility is to store trains and prepare them for the next day’s service. Noise will be generated from sounding of train horns as they enter and exit the facility and during train preparation. This is a rail safety requirement.
Other activities that may generate low-level noise includes staff movement, internal train cleaning and light maintenance as required including replacing flat batteries, window replacement or graffiti removal.
The Kananook Train Storage Facility has been designed to comply with the Victorian Passenger Rail Infrastructure Noise Policy and Sate Environment Protection Policy – Noise from Industry, Commerce and Trade (SEPP-N1).
Will I be impacted by the operation of the facility?
The site is located in a mixed industrial and commercial area bordered by the Frankston line and Frankston Freeway. The site was chosen after several sites for Frankston line train storage were investigated.
The construction and operation of the Kananook Train Storage Facility is not likely to have impacts greater than those generated by the existing land uses in the area.
How will environmental impacts be managed?
We carry out independent environmental assessments as part of all our projects. We’ve undertaken assessments in flora and fauna, and Indigenous and cultural heritage to understand the area. These will help develop an Environmental Management Strategy to guide the project through construction and operation.
Will the facility have an impact on the Edithvale–Seaford Wetlands and protected species?
Studies to investigate Matters of National Environmental Significance found it highly unlikely that the Kananook Train Storage Facility will impact any protected species or communities, including the migratory shorebirds using the Edithvale–Seaford Wetlands.
Does the Kananook Train Storage Facility include a train maintenance facility?
There are currently no plans to build a train maintenance facility, however, the site is large enough to allow for more storage lines or a train maintenance facility in the future.
What is a substation?
Substations are an integral part of Melbourne’s train network that provide the required power to operate trains, signals and communication equipment.
Are substations noisy?
Equipment in the modern Kananook Substation will be enclosed and residents and nearby businesses are not likely to be impacted by noise or light from the substation.
The substation is expected to emit some low-level noise, equivalent to the sound of a low computer hum, and is designed to comply with Environment Protection Authority Noise Control Guidelines.
How long will the temporary buildings be in operation?
The cleaner and driver facilities will be in operation from mid 2019 to mid 2020. After this time, the buildings will be moved to a permanent location as part of the Kananook Train Storage Facility.
What access is required to the temporary cleaner facility?
This facility will require 24/7 access for cleaners, rubbish collection and security.