We’re building a new train storage facility —the Kananook Train Storage Facility—in Seaford.
Due to Carrum level crossing removal works, the new Kananook Train Storage Facility is required to initially relocate storage for six trains from Carrum. This will ensure we can continue to cater to the current patronage and service requirements of the Frankston line.
The facility has enough space to accommodate more than three times as much storage in the future, which will allow for more trains, more often following completion of the Metro Tunnel Project.
The new purpose-built yards in Seaford will be about 200 metres from Kananook Station.
Train storage facilities are where trains are parked while not in operation. Typically, trains return to a storage facility at the end of service and are stored overnight until they are required again.
While there, the trains are cleaned internally and prepared for the next day's service. This includes removing waste, minor maintenance and routine inspections.
Train storage facilities help make sure train services across the rail network are operating as efficiently and reliably as possible.
Without train storage facilities, trains would need to travel long distances without passengers before starting services, which reduces the number of services that can run during the day.
The Kananook Train Storage Facility will be built to accommodate future growth on the Frankston Line.
The construction of a new facility at the Kananook site in Seaford does not affect any future decisions to extend the electrified train network to Baxter and build another facility there.
Electrification of the Frankston line to Baxter that is currently being investigated would be delivered to cater to longer-term growth of the area to meet future patronage and service requirements of the Frankston line.
Ultimately, both projects will be required to meet the long-term growth of the Frankston line. However, any electrification of the rail line to Baxter would not go ahead within the required timeframes to maintain train storage requirements along the Frankston Line during our current level crossing removals.
For further information, please refer to the fact sheet.
Expressions of Interest for Frankston level crossing removals
We are one step closer to removing more dangerous and congested level crossings along the Frankston line.
Across the Frankston line, work to remove level crossings is well underway. Three are already gone and Skye/Overton Road in Frankston is under construction, to be completed in 2018.
Removing the level crossings in Carrum requires relocating the Carrum train storage facility to a new purpose-built facility in Seaford, approximately 200 metres from Kananook Station.
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