Construction on the removal of eight more dangerous and congested level crossings on the Frankston train line in Victoria will begin in 2018, with detailed planning and community consultation kicking off this month.
Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan joined local Member Sonya Kilkenny and other Frankston line MPs at the Station Street level crossing in Carrum earlier this November to make the announcement.
The Andrews Labor Government has committed to removing 50 of Victoria’s worst level crossings, including 20 in its first term. Nineteen of these crossings have already been identified and include the Centre, North and McKinnon Road level crossings on the Frankston line where construction has already begun.
The eight level crossing removals announced in November are on top of the 19 crossings already identified, and will make local communities safer, create space to run more trains and reduce congestion right along the eastern side of the bay.
The crossings are likely to be removed as a single package of works, similar to the current packaging of the nine level crossings on the Dandenong corridor, improving coordination and reducing disruption to residents, motorists and train passengers.
Community consultation and detailed planning will be critical for the removal of the Frankston line crossings, which will be some of the most complex in the Labor Government’s Level Crossing Removal Project. Challenges include the high water table, narrow rail corridor and the proximity of the crossings to Nepean Highway and the bay.
Geotechnical investigations to better understand ground conditions have already begun and detailed planning began in November, as well as community consultation along the corridor.