Contractors begin major construction at three Melbourne level crossings

Artist impression of the new Cheltenham Station entrance courtesy of the Level Crossing Removal Project.

Works are underway to remove three level crossings and build two new stations in Cheltenham and Mentone in south-east Melbourne.

A one week closure began on 20 March as major construction ramped up.

Cheltenham and Mentone stations are now closed until the new stations are opened in mid-2020.

The Lendlease, Acciona Coleman Rail, WSP and Metro Trains Melbourne alliance were awarded the construction contracts for Cheltenham and Mentone stations and the level crossing removals in early 2019.

During the shutdown crews will continue with piling, service relocation and other vital works in preparation for the two-month shut later this year.

This major construction period will begin on 24 May and run for eight weeks, during which time the rail trenches will be dug out and new stations will be built.

Works will go ahead with protocols in place to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, providing job security for workers on these major projects and ensure progress continues to deliver a better train network in Victoria.

Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said, “we’re continuing work on these projects despite the COVID-19 outbreak – providing certainty to local workers and making progress on delivering a better train network for Victorians.”

There will also be increased cleaning across the public transport network as part of the fight against COVID-19, including rail replacement busses.

This includes nightly sanitation of all trains, trams and buses, including wiping down all touch surface and entirely spraying with disinfectant.

The new Mentone Station will open when trains resume on the Frankston line in mid-July, and Cheltenham Station will follow in August.

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