Rail set for under road

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THE state government has announced the removal of three level crossings on the Frankston line has been brought forward, with works now touted to be completed by 2022.

It was announced on Sunday, 28 June that works to remove level crossings at Edithvale Road, Thames Promenade, and Argyle Avenue would finish by 2022. The works will send the rail under road.

The Frankston line will be lowered into a trench at those three locations, rather than raised above ground with elevated rail like in neighbouring suburbs.

Premier Daniel Andrews said “fast tracking the removal of these dangerous crossings will reduce congestion and disruption, and get locals home safer and sooner.”

“Creating a more direct road network will enable level crossings at Swanpool Avenue and Chelsea Road in Chelsea to be closed. Lochiel Avenue in Edithvale will also close once works are complete. These changes will remove the current congestion hot spots caused by boom gates and the dangerous dogleg at Chelsea Road,” he said.

“The boom gate free intersections along the Nepean Highway will be upgraded with turning lanes, so there is more green time for motorists, improving traffic flow, getting traffic off roads to provide more reliable journey times.”

Mordialloc MP Tim Richardson said “streamlining connections between the freeway and the Nepean Highway will have huge benefits for our growing community, now and in the future.”

Plans for a new look Carrum Station were also revealed on Sunday. The station has now been bulldozed, and is not set to reopen until 2020. 

A temporary rail track has now been installed at Carrum Station, allowing for trains to pass through without interruption.

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 31 July 2019

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