Level Crossing Removals in Frankston City
Seaford Road in Seaford, Skye/Overton Road in Frankston and Eel Race Road in Seaford are the three level crossings identified for removal in Frankston City by the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA).
Council welcomes the removal of level crossings within Frankston City and is working alongside the LXRA to ensure the best outcomes for our community.
While Council’s preferred option for the removal of the crossing at Seaford Road in Seaford is rail under road, the LXRA has decided to remove the Seaford Road level crossing with a new hybrid design, which will lower Seaford Road and place the rail line on to a planted embankment to separate road from rail.
LXRA has committed $10 million towards a package of revitalisation works in Seaford and the community can have a say on the design, planting, community space, environmental initiatives and new walking and cycling paths.
While Council’s preferred option for the removal of the crossing at Skye/Overton Road in Frankston is rail under road, the LXRA has decided to remove the Skye/Overton Road level crossing by raising the rail line onto a rail bridge with a maximum height of 5.4m.
The Skye/Overton Road level crossing removal is being fast-tracked and will be one of the first to be removed across Melbourne.
Major construction work will begin in late 2017 with the majority of construction work done while trains are running.
Eel Race Road
While Council’s preferred option for the level crossing at Eel Race Road in Seaford was to keep it and redirect funds to other public transport needs to benefit Frankston - such as bringing forward the electrification to Baxter - the LXRA has decided to close Eel Race Road, as well as the crossings at Station Street and Mascot Avenue.
LXRA has decided to:
- extend Station Street over the Patterson River
- build a rail bridge over an extended McLeod Road to connect traffic to the Nepean Highway
- build a new Carrum Station and village area
- move the current Carrum train storage facility to a purpose-built facility in Kananook
Council is disappointed with the decision to build a train stabling facility in Kananook, which includes the compulsory acquisition of properties that house Frankston City businesses. This move will result in the loss of vital businesses and potentially over 100 jobs from Seaford.
Given the need to find land of a suitable size for the train stabling yard, bringing forward the electrification of the rail line to Baxter and moving the train stabling to Baxter would avoid the loss of key industrial land and be a more feasible longer-term solution for train stabling and maintenance.
The Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) has not ruled out developing train stabling facilities at Baxter, and Council is advocating to the State Government to give this serious consideration.
The works to remove the level crossing at Carrum will begin in 2018, starting with the construction of a bridge connecting Station Street across the Patterson River.
For more information on these State Government projects, visit the LXRA website.
Frankston City Council
30 Davey Street
P. 1300 322 322
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