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Seaford Community Update - April 2018

27 Mar 2018

Seaford Road, Seaford - April 2018

Along the Frankston line, the Victorian Government is removing 13 dangerous level crossings and building a new train storage facility, to improve safety, reduce congestion and run more trains, more often.

Works are well underway in preparation for the removal of the Seaford Road level crossing.

A site office and storage area is being established at RF Miles Reserve oval, some tree removal has taken place along the rail line and safety fencing has been installed. April will see a continuation of site preparation works, as well as the construction of the temporary rail track.

We'll continue working closely with the community to minimise disruption during construction.

This project will deliver significant benefits for Seaford – improving safety, reducing road congestion and improving community spaces.

Temporary rail line

One of the benefits of the hybrid design for Seaford Road is the ability to build a temporary rail line. This means that the majority of construction work at Seaford Road can be done without major disruption to train services.

The temporary line will be built on the western side of the existing tracks, running from the end of the Seaford station car park through to Govan Street. Works will start on building the temporary line in April.

It will be in operation from late May for approximately 4 to 5 months while the level crossing is removed and the new hybrid solution is built.

Works in April

From Friday 6 April to Monday 9 April 2018 Metro Trains are closing parts of the Frankston line for maintenance. We will carry out works at the same time to minimise disruption. During this time project works will include; installing fencing, underground utilities works and the start of construction of the temporary rail line.

To complete as much work as possible while the trains are not running, works will take place during the day and night.

Seaford Road, on either side of the level crossing, will be reduced in width with a reduced speed limit from Saturday 7 April to Saturday 14 April to allow for the underground utilities works. Traffic management will be in place to direct traffic in both directions. Please allow extra travel time.

Throughout the rest of April, construction of the temporary rail line will continue and works will occur on utilities. In addition, up to 30 car parks will be closed at Kananook Station from April until September to enable rail systems works to commence.

We are currently planning some night works towards the end of April.

We will be in contact with affected residents with further details. For more information on these works please see the disruptions page on our website.

Managing tree and vegetation removal

Tree removal has taken place at RF Miles Reserve and along parts of the rail corridor. Further removal and vegetation clearing will occur along the rail line and on Railway Parade.

Unfortunately, all level crossing removal projects have an impact on trees and vegetation in and adjacent to rail corridors. However, as we progress with the construction of the Seaford Level Crossing Removal project we will work hard to avoid, minimise and manage the impact on trees and vegetation where possible.

The design for Seaford provides the opportunity to plant new trees and vegetation adjacent to the rail line as well as in the new areas of open space that will be created. We will keep you updated regarding upcoming vegetation removal and replanting.

Works in May

From Friday 4 May to Monday 28 May 2018 metro train services will not be running on parts of the Frankston and Stony Point line for the Skye/Overton Road Level Crossing Removal Project. During this time works on the Seaford Road level crossing removal will take place. This will include night works and the closure of Seaford Road. Local access will be maintained. We will provide further information on the works and detours closer to the time.

Construction safety reminder

Please use caution around any construction works. Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians are asked to observe all traffic management signs in the area.

Project Timeline

April/May 2018
  • Temporary rail line built
  • Site preparation works
Late May 2018Construction works start to remove the level crossing
Late 2018Level crossing removed
Mid 2019Construction of the Kananook Train Storage Facility starts
Late 2020Kananook Train Storage Facility complete

* Please note that the timeline above is subject to change.

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