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Skye Road/ Frankston Station July 2018

Great change at both Skye/Overton Road and Frankston Station.

  • Trains are running again on the Frankston line following a six-week construction blitz
  • Two 370-metre-long rail bridges have been built between Kananook and Frankston stations
  • The rail has been separated from the road, making the local area safer and less congested
  • Skye/Overton Road has reopened with a new road beneath the rail bridges.

We would like to thank local businesses and residents around Skye/Overton Road for their patience during the period of major works. We hope you are enjoying the benefits now that the level crossing has been removed.

Down the line, passengers can now get on trains at the new Frankston Station. While the station is operational, we still have a fair amount to do there and it will be completed by late 2018.

Finishing works will continue around both project areas in the coming months, which may require some night works. Local residents will be informed should they be required.

Elevated rail in Frankston

Project timeline

DateProgress

6 April 2018

Level crossing intersection closed to traffic.

4 May–17 June 2018

Major construction blitz

18 June 2018

Train services resume from Frankston Station

23 June 2018

Skye/Overton Road reopens to traffic and pedestrians

Late-2018

Completion of landscaping, public spaces and car parking

Skye/Overton much safer, less congested

During the six-week construction blitz we removed the dangerous and congested level crossing and built two 370-metre-long rail bridges over Skye/Overton Road.

Removing this level crossing provides safer and easier access for residents in the area and to the local businesses.

Cars can now travel freely underneath the train line, with no sign of the level crossing that caused congestion and delays for the local community.

The boom gates at Skye/Overton Road were down for almost 35 minutes in the two-hour morning peak period.

Over the next couple of months, works will continue on the public spaces underneath the rail bridge including a shared user path; more than 60 new parking spaces; and green spaces, where native grasses and trees will be planted.

Sunset over elevated rail in Frankston

Project facts

In May and June 2018, our project team worked around the clock to remove the Skye/Overton Road level crossing, construct the new rail bridge and rebuild Frankston Station.

  • A total of 24 U-trough beams installed over Skye/Overton Road, with a combined weight of 6,700 tonnes and length of 740 metres
  • Three kilometres of new track installed Moved 21,000 tonnes of earth
  • Poured over 14,000 tonnes of concrete
  • Over 7,000 metres of cable has been laid on the project
  • Used almost 800 tonnes of steel
  • 1,600 tonnes of asphalt and 2,000 tonnes of crushed rock.

Frankston Station transformation

Train approaching at Frankston Station

Train services have now resumed at Frankston Station.

Key facilities are operational such as myki machines and readers, tactiles and passenger information displays and everyone can see the station as it transforms, due for completion by late 2018.

While we put the finishing touches on your new station, customer facilities, the customer service office and Protective Service Officer facilities will continue to operate from the Fletcher Road car park.

The external appearance of the new station buildings will continue to change over the coming months.

Light-coloured panelling will be arriving shortly and be installed in the coming months.

The new state-of-the-art station precinct will give passengers a better travel experience, providing new buildings, improved access for all users, hearing loops, comfortable waiting rooms, improved lighting, security cameras and additional passenger seating.

Return of car parking

With the trains running again, the train-replacement buses will no longer be needed. As a result, 70 spaces have reopened for customer car parking.

Southbound lane on Young Street open again

The southbound lane of Young Street has been reopened to traffic.

Underpass reopened

The underpass connecting Young Street and Fletcher Road has reopened.

We apologise for the inconvenience and thank the local community for your ongoing patience.

Long-time master looking forward to new station

At 16, Frankston local Tom Yates started his railway career in 1946 at Moreland, selling tickets and “scrubbing the lavs”. He ended it 39 years later in 1985 as Station Master at Flinders Street Station, with 354 staff working under him.

Between 1968 and 1981, Tom was Station Master at Frankston, which at the time was growing into a vital hub to the wider Mornington Peninsula.

When he and his family moved into the Station Master’s house in Frankston, it was cold and uninviting with faulty wiring and an outside pan toilet.

“I had 79 staff back then, and we had signalmen on shifts, 24 hours a day,” said Tom.

“Every Monday, we had two parcel trains delivering 10 tonnes of mail. Goods trains with up to 40 wagons delivered anything from briquettes to timber.”

Tom, 88, and his wife Barbara have been married for nearly 60 years and have three children. Moving around was part of the life for a Station Master.

When he started out, he knew he wanted a career, not just a job – and he loved every minute of it.

After he retired, he wrote a book “What a Journey – Life in the Victorian Railway”: a labour of love that took over two years to complete. It’s full of anecdotes, photographs and history about his life in rail.

Tom is very keen to visit the new Frankston Station for a walk down memory lane when it is fully completed in late 2018.

Tom Yates - Previous Train Master

What we've heard about the Skye/Overton Road opening

'Incredible work. I love it. We're very happy.' Skye Road business owner

'Oh! I just used the new road. What a breeze. I almost cried,' Skye Road resident

'How good is the new road? Great to see it open.' Frankston employee

Trader profiles

We encourage communities to continue shopping locally during construction.

Traders near our Frankston Station and Skye/Overton project sites have been open throughout works and we appreciate their patience while we’ve delivered improvements in the area.

In these area updates we will be featuring businesses from around our project sites.

Hasty Gamers

Location: 28 Young Street, Frankston

Gaming is no longer a hobby to be hidden behind closed doors.

Hasty Gamers is the place to go for gamers who love to be part of a community and want to share their experiences in a social setting.

For owner and director, Rowan Clarke, Hasty Gamers is where community comes first, closely followed by fun and competition.

“We’re here for the gamers who don’t want to hide away in their rooms, but come together socially and enjoy their hobby among like-minded people,” explains Rowan.

The knowledgeable and friendly team at Hasty Gamers are often hand-picked from their loyal customer base, so they’re more than willing to offer help or share in a game or two.

So, if you’re passionate about gaming and want to make a few more friends, Rowan and the team at Hasty Games would love to meet you.

For opening hours and pricing, visit their website

Point Nepean Car Sales

Location: 14 Wells Road, Seaford

Since opening in 1982, John Lyall has built Point Nepean Car Sales into a renowned, family owned and run business offering quality used cars at affordable prices to thousands of drivers across Melbourne.

Whether it’s your first car, or a second family mover to help you get the troops from A to B, John and his team are there to help.

And it’s the personalised service that the team is most proud of.

“We’ve still got customers who we sold cars to over 20 years ago,” John says.

Head on down to meet the friendly team at Point Nepean Car Sales - John, his son John, and their associate John (that’s right – there are three Johns!).

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 8.30am-6:00pm

Sat: 8.30am-5:00pm

Sun: 10.30am-4:00pm

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