Removing four level crossings on one of Melbourne’s busiest railway lines, to improve community safety, unclog local roads and enable more train services.
The Frankston railway line is one of Melbourne’s busiest, snaking 43km along Port Phillip Bay, and serving commuters in the city’s busy south eastern suburbs. Like many Melbourne train lines, it was built at ground level, forcing drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to wait at boom gates for trains to cross busy roads. As the population boomed, these crossings became increasingly dangerous and congested.
The Level Crossing Removal Project was established by the Victorian Government and is removing 75 level crossings across metropolitan Melbourne by 2025. As part of this Project, the Southern Program Alliance (SPA) was formed to remove four level crossings along the Frankston line. Beca is playing a key role in removing these level crossings as part of the SPA design team, led by WSP.
The Initial Works Package involved civil, power, building services and structural engineering as well as project management services for:
- Seaford Road, Seaford Level Crossing Removal Project
- Carrum Level Crossing Removal Project and Revitalisation
- Kananook Train Storage Facility
Working in a live railway corridor parallel to busy roads required careful planning and collaboration with our alliance partners, to minimise peak-hour disruptions and deliver this neighbourhood-changing infrastructure on time.
The level crossing removals have made it safer and easier for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to move around their local neighbourhoods and access the things they love.They have also improved traffic flow, created more reliable travel times for road users and paved the way for more frequent train services along the Frankston line.