Work is underway to remove three level crossings and to build two new stations on the Frankston rail line in Melbourne.
A construction blitz is planned to take place to help deliver the new stations in May 2020, with a planned completion date of early 2021.
Construction began in late 2019 on rail trenches that will lower parts of the Frankston Line under Park Road and Charman Road in Cheltenham as well as Balcombe Road in Mentone.
In addition to the level crossings and new stations at Cheltenham and Mentone, the third track at Cheltenham Station will be connected to the Frankston line to allow for more trains, more often.
These works are part of the state government’s massive $3 billion investment on the Frankston line which includes the removal of 18 level crossings, with five already removed, and building 12 new stations.
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New designs have now been revealed for Mentone Station gardens, based on community feedback. They feature a large new recreational area and a heritage deck which will provide 540 square metres of new community space in Mentone, in addition to more green space, wider paths and ramps to improve accessibility.
During construction the five heritage-listed trees – three Canary Island date palms and two Norfolk pines – will be protected and the heritage-listed Mentone Station buildings will be refurbished on site.