Major construction has begun to construct two new stations and remove three dangerous level crossings at Cheltenham and Mentone in Melbourne.
Buses have replaced the train schedule on the Frankston Line, with work ramping up at the site following a week-long closure.
The works come as part of the State Government’s $3 billion investment into the Frankston Line. The project involves the construction of 12 new stations and removal of 18 unsafe level crossings.
The new Mentone Station will open when trains resume on the Frankston line in mid-July, with Cheltenham Station to follow in August.
“Getting rid of these level crossings has been talked about forever – we’re getting on with the job and extending the historic Mentone Station gardens as well,” Member for Mordialloc Tim Richardson said.
Stringent protocols are in place to manage the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a goal of providing job security for workers on major Victorian projects. Extra precautions are in place to keep construction workers safe, and ensure the works can be completed as fast as possible amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re continuing work on these projects despite the COVID-19 outbreak – providing certainty to local workers and making progress on delivering a better train network for Victorians,” Victorian Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan said.
“These level crossings are dangerous and unsafe – we’re getting rid of them, like we promised, as well as delivering new stations for Cheltenham and Mentone, with more open space for the community to enjoy.”
While the shutdown is still in effect, crews will continue service relocation, piling and other works as they prepare for a two-month shut down, scheduled for later on in the year.
The major construction works are currently scheduled to commence on the 24th of May and will be executed over an 8 week period. It will see the new stations built and rail trenches dug out.
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