Works are well underway for the removal of three level crossings and the construction of two new stations along the Frankston Line.
New stations at Cheltenham and Mentone are due for completion by early 2021, with a construction blitz due for May.
Construction began in late 2019 on the rail trenches which will see the Frankston Line lowered under Park Road and Charman Road in Cheltenham as well as Balcombe Road in Mentone.
In addition to three level crossing removals and two new stations, the third track at Cheltenham Station will be connected to the Frankston line to allow for more trains, more often in the future.
These works are part of the state government’s massive $3 billion investment on the Frankston line which includes the removal of 18 level crossings, with five already removed, and building 12 new stations.
New designs have now been revealed for Mentone Station gardens. The designs, based on community feedback, feature a large new recreational area.
The new heritage deck will provide 540 square metres of valuable new community space in Mentone, as well as more green space, wider paths, with ramps to improve accessibility.
During construction the five heritage-listed trees – three Canary Island date palms and two Norfolk pines – will be protected and the heritage-listed Mentone Station buildings will be refurbished on site.