Buses will replace trains on the Frankston line for two weeks in February as three level crossings are removed.
Between February 2 and February 16 trains will not run beyond Moorabbin station during works to build a new Carrum station and create another connection to the Nepean Highway.
The works are part of the Andrews government’s promised $3 billion investment to remove 18 level crossings and build 12 new stations along the Frankston line in the city’s south-east.
The creation of a rail bridge at Station Street will allow cars to travel underneath the rail line from McLeod Road and link directly to the Nepean Highway.
North of McLeod Road, the Mascot Avenue level crossing at Bonbeach will be closed but not replaced. South of McLeod Road towards Frankston, the Eel Race Road level crossing in Carrum will be closed.
Removing these level crossings will eliminate two connections to the Nepean Highway. Drivers who previously used these connections will have to make the short trip to McLeod Road from where they can take the new connection to the Nepean Highway.
State Labor MP for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny said the McLeod Road connection, which will open on February 10, and the removal of level crossings would result in more reliable travel times for local drivers.
The new Carrum station will open on February 17. It will be designed to withstand coastal weather conditions, with weather protection pods, shelter canopies on the platform and wind screens at entrances.
Work on the station’s car park and landscaping will continue through the year. The government said it will plant 80,000 mostly native trees.
Seven properties were compulsorily acquired for the project.
From March to June this year, there will be closures along the Frankston line as level crossings are removed in Cheltenham and Mentone.
Story: Paul Sakkal – The Age