Cheltenham Station reopens
The new Cheltenham Station is now open to the public after two months of intensive work along the Frankston Lines to remove three more level crossings.
Work on the upgrade continued with strict safety measures to support jobs and businesses through the pandemic, and deliver this important community connection.
Cheltenham is the eighth of 12 new stations to be built on the Frankston line as part of a $3 billion rail infrastructure investment that also includes removing 18 level crossings, more than any other rail line in Victoria.
The new station has two sets of lifts and stairs, as well as a new forecourt and community open space along Charman Road, featuring the iconic station palm trees.
A multi-level rail passenger car park is set to be completed next year.
Work on landscaping and a new 3.5-kilometre walking and cycling path between Cheltenham and Mentone will continue until late 2020.
Since mid July, Frankston line trains have been running in the new rail trenches below Park and Charman roads in Cheltenham and Balcombe Road in Mentone. The roads have been operating boom-gate-free since June, easing bottlenecks that caused delays and frustration for the 38,000 vehicles that cross the rail line each day.
The new modern stations in Cheltenham and Mentone are five-star Green Star design rated and include solar panels, water saving and rainwater collection, significantly reducing potential greenhouse gas emissions.
Construction on large-scale public infrastructure projects has been deemed critical under Stage 4 restrictions, so works will continue with strict health and safety protocols in place like significantly reduced workforce numbers.
Across Melbourne, the Victorian Government is removing 75 level crossings by 2025. The Cheltenham and Mentone project means 38 dangerous and congested level crossings are now gone for good.
Victorians are reminded to avoid public transport unless leaving the house for essential purposes. Always wear a face covering when in public, practice good hand hygiene and physically distance wherever possible.