Bayside commuters will be hit with unprecedented disruption when the Frankston train line closes for two months in 2020.
The closure is the longest the rail line has ever been shut in Melbourne for construction work and tens of thousands of passengers are set to experience significant delays.
Construction on the rail trenches started in late 2019, which will eventually lower the Frankston line in Mentone and Cheltenham.
From February 2 until February 16, the Frankston line will be closed between Frankston and Moorabbin as the Carrum level crossing is removed.
In late March, Mentone station will close again and Cheltenham station will close in mid-April with trains skipping both stations.
Then over a two month period starting mid-May and lasting until July, there will be a construction blitz and a section of the Frankston line will close.
Over the eight weeks, buses will replace trains from Moorabbin to Mordialloc.
Extra buses will also be provided for 14,000 students.
Drivers will also be affected with closures of level crossings causing detours through areas.
‘Cheltenham and Mentone are going to have a busy year.’
“We’re getting rid of these death traps – making Cheltenham and Mentone safer and delivering brand new stations and more open space,” Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said.
“Cheltenham and Mentone are going to have a busy year and I thank residents and traders in advance for their patience during construction.”
Courtesy: Seven NEWS