We are helping to remove level crossings on one of Melbourne’s busiest railway lines, to improve community safety, unclog local roads and enable more train services.
The Frankston 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 in 2015 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 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 four level crossing removals, one station rebuild at Carrum and a Train Storage Facility at Kananook. Having commenced design in 2018, the alliance is continuing with design for the Additional Works Packages.
Additional Works Package 1 (AWP1) involved three level crossing removals and two station rebuilds at Mentone and Cheltenham. On-going design for Additional Works Package 2 (AWP2) involves five level crossing removals and three station rebuilds at Edithvale, Bonbeach and Chelsea. Further Additional Works Packages are in the pipeline.
Working in a live railway corridor parallel to busy roads requires careful planning and collaboration with our alliance partners, to minimise peak-hour disruptions and deliver these community changing infrastructure projects on time.
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.