Skye/ Overton Road and Frankston Station community update - April 2018
10 Apr 2018
Issue #12 – April 2018
We're removing more level crossings from the Frankston line than any other train line in Melbourne.
Three dangerous and congested level crossings have already gone for good. Work has begun to remove the Skye/Overton Road level crossing, with work on another nine removals to begin in 2018. Work on the new Frankston Station is also underway, with a new station opening later in the year.
Removing these level crossings will make communities safer and less congested and will allow for more trains to run more often.
Combining construction, minimising disruption
We'll be taking advantage of upcoming rail closures to carry out works while rail replacement buses are operating.
From now until 4 June the Skye/Overton road level crossing will be closed to traffic. From 4 May until 4 June pedestrian access will only be available at the Cricklewood Avenue and Beach Street pedestrian crossings.
Works are also taking place on the Seaford Road level crossing removal throughout May, which will include a closure of Seaford Road at the level crossing between Wednesday 9 May and Saturday 19 May.
Buses will replace trains on the Frankston line, between Carrum and Frankston Station from Friday 4 May to Sunday 27 May. Buses will also replace trains on the Stony Point line, between Carrum and Stony Point from Friday 4 May to Sunday 27 May.
Frankston Station will close from Monday 28 May until Sunday 17 June. During this time buses will replace trains between Kananook and Frankston stations on the Frankston line. Buses will also replace trains between Leawarra and Kananook stations on the Stony Point line.
A temporary station servicing the rail replacement buses will operate from the Fletcher Road carpark during this time.
From 18 June Frankston Station reopens to passengers, the level crossing will be gone and trains will run on the new rail bridge.
We'll continue to keep businesses and residents notified of any extended construction hours.
Works kicked up a gear during the rail and road closure over the Labour Day long weekend. We built piles and carried out drainage, overhead wiring and signal work. Most of the retaining walls are now in place along Dandenong Road East and West, as well as some of the concrete columns.
During the main occupation the 'u-trough' sections of the rail bridge that carry the rail line will be moved into place, new train track and rail signals installed and old train infrastructure demolished.
How do we install the rail bridge?
Our twin rail bridge comprises beams that run for 400m between Kookaburra Street and Boonong Avenue. These beams are concrete spans that the rail tracks are laid on. At Skye/Overton Road we are using 24 ‘u’-shaped beams called u-troughs.
We are keeping the trains running for some of the construction period and leaving the live overhead wires in place during this time. This means we can’t use cranes to install the u-troughs. Instead, we will be using a method called ‘trough-jacking’. This will be the first installation of u-troughs in a live rail environment – a world first.
The jacking system consists of four ‘legs’ that jack the u-trough to a height of approximately 5m. A remote-controlled trailer then transports each u-trough to its final position in the new rail bridge.
This method is quieter and will allow us to place almost half the u-troughs while trains are running, minimising disruption for rail passengers.
Along with the columns, these retaining walls will form the first part of the new rail bridge.
Road/rail disruption timeline
6 April 2018
Level crossing intersection closed to traffic.
4 – 27 May 2018
Buses replace trains between Carrum and Frankston, and on the Stony Point Line. Pedestrian access across the rail line at Cricklewood Avenue and Beach Street pedestrian crossings. No pedestrian access at Skye/Overton Road pedestrian crossing.
4 June 2018
Intersection reopens to traffic and pedestrians.
28 May – 17 June 2018
Buses replace trains between Kananook, Frankston and Leawarra.
18 June 2018
Frankston Station reopens to passengers.
*Please note the timeline above is subject to change
New Frankston Station
Major investment in the Frankston Line
Work has begun on the new Frankston Station. We're building the new station at the same time as removing the Skye/Overton Road level crossing. This reduces disruption to rail users and gets the job done sooner.
Designed by Genton Architecture, the winner of the Frankston Station design competition in March 2017, the new station will deliver a modern and safer way to travel and includes:
- New station buildings and comfortable waiting rooms
- Improved access for people with a disability
- Passenger information displays
- Improved lighting, hearing loops and security cameras
- Passenger toilets
- Platform seating
- Raised platform surfaces.
Raising the platforms will reduce the gap between the train and the platform. This means no more big steps up or down when getting on or off the train at Frankston and better access for customers with mobility aids. During demolition of the current station, a temporary station for rail replacement buses will be in operation in the commuter car park.
Cricklewood Avenue pedestrian crossing upgrade
Good news for the community – VicTrack will be upgrading the Cricklewood Avenue pedestrian crossing from a ‘passive crossing’ to an ‘active crossing’. This means it will have automatic safety gates, latches and warning lights, similar to pedestrian road crossings. These works will occur at the same time as the Skye/Overton level crossing removal and construction of the new Frankston Station and will improve the safety of all those who use the crossing.
VicTrack has advised that work will be complete by 4 May when the Skye/Overton Road pedestrian crossing is temporarily closed.
Frankston Station Project timeline
22 April 2018
Temporary station opens (trains still running)
4 May 2018
Buses replace trains: Stony Point to Carrum
28 May 2018
Buses replace trains: Leawarra to Kananook
18 June 2018
Trains running. Temporary station still in use
*Please note the timeline above is subject to change
A long and winding road
The 280-tonne pre-cast u-troughs will travel individually at night more than 100km from the factory in Kilmore to Frankston.
Because of the size of these u-troughs they need to be transported at night along a specified route to avoid peak traffic.
The use of these precast ‘u-trough’ segments on level crossing removal projects such as Skye/Overton Road is an Australian first. Around 25 regional jobs have been supported by creating these sections of the rail bridge in regional Victoria.
We think the arrival of the u-troughs will provide quite a sight, and we'll be organising safe viewing areas for locals who want to see their arrival and installation.
Support local businesses
During construction, we’re promoting a local business each month.
If you’d like to promote your business or services to the community, please get in touch.
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Address: 140 Dandenong Rd West, Frankston 3199
Phone: (03) 9784 4444
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Our community line contact number has changed.
Simply call 1800 105 105 to reach our 24/7 Melbourne based call centre.
Keeping you informed
We will keep you updated about construction activities and disruption via these regular community updates. We also provide regular notifications to residents and traders near the level crossing and Frankston Station.
You can get in touch with us at any time through email or by visiting our Info Hub at the corner of Skye Road and Farrell Street, Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 5:00pm and the Young Street Revitalisation Hub at 62 Young Street, Frankston.
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