Seaford community update - February/March 2019
The Victorian Government is removing 18 dangerous and congested level crossings on the Frankston line, and building a new train storage facility to improve safety, reduce congestion and run more trains, more often.
What’s happening at Seaford
You may have noticed the new walking and cycling path is now open between Seaford Station and Seaford Road. Works are continuing to complete the six-kilometre path that will connect local communities from Carrum to Frankston. We're getting ready to plant the first stage of more than 100,000 trees and shrubs as part of our $10 million Seaford revitalisation.
We have been working with Knoxbrooke Enterprises, which provides employment and training opportunities for disadvantaged people, to grow over 10,000 plants. These plants come from seeds collected in the local area, including eucalyptus, coast banksia and native grasses.
In the coming months, we will begin planting along the new walking and cycling path with the rest planted around RF Miles Reserve later in the year. We have also installed fencing along the rail line between Seaford Station and Seaford Road to improve safety and security for the community, which will continue along the rail corridor to Bardia Avenue.
Drainage works are also underway along the rail line. These essential works will ensure that the rail is better protected from corrosion, giving it a longer lifespan.
Upgrading the Frankston line
As part of the level crossing removal works along the Frankston line we're upgrading important rail infrastructure to improve train services. Up to 30 kilometres of new overhead wiring and structures and three new substations will provide a more reliable and stronger power source that will improve train performance and reliability of services.
Nearly 60 per cent of old train signalling will be replaced with a modern computer-based system that will enable more trains to run more often. A new signal maintenance depot being built on Railway Parade, Seaford will allow Metro Trains Melbourne to undertake routine, reactive and emergency maintenance works, helping to minimise disruptions for train passengers.
Above: Rail upgrades underway to improve the reliability of train services.
Kicking off in Kananook
Five kilometres of rail signalling has been upgraded between Kananook and Carrum stations. We are now working to widen the track at Kananook Station by adjusting the Quinn Street pedestrian bridge to allow for a temporary train storage track. This temporary track means we can get on with major level crossing removal works at Carrum while we also build the new train storage facility at Kananook Station.
In February and March we’re continuing work on upgrading overhead wiring and structures, and excavation for the temporary track. We’re also starting work on new permanent stabling fencing and barriers along Frankston Freeway
|Late 2018||Revitalisation works to commence|
|Early 2019||Streetscaping and landscaping, works on new walking and cycling path|
|Mid 2019||Construction of the Kananook Train Storage Facility starts|
|Late 2019||Revitalisation works complete|
|Late 2020||Kananook Train Storage Facility complete|
Above: Crews working on overhead structures at Kananook Station.
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