Skye/Overton Road, Frankston

Level crossings at Skye Road with boom gates down and train crossing


On behalf of the Victorian Government, the Level Crossing Removal Project is overseeing the removal of 75 dangerous and congested level crossings across Melbourne by 2025.

The contract to remove the dangerous and congested level crossing at Skye/Overton Road was awarded to joint venture John Holland/KBR in May 2017, and the construction team began mobilising on site in August 2017.

In April 2018 the level crossing was removed, improving safety and traffic flow for future commuters and local traffic. Previous traffic congestion in the two-hour morning peak period would hold up vehicles for up to 35 minutes while boom gates were down.

Landscaping works revitalised the area with 280 trees and more than 35,000 plants and seedlings covering about 9000 square metres. More than 95 per cent were Victorian natives such as flowering banksias and eucalypts, sourced and supplied through social enterprise.

The new space includes improved bus service areas, new street lighting, new signalled pedestrian crossing for the community to safely access bus services, and a 1.2 kilometre shared use path connecting northern suburbs with local traders.


On behalf of the Victorian Government, the Level Crossing Removal Project is overseeing the removal of 75 dangerous and congested level crossings across Melbourne by 2025.

The contract to remove the dangerous and congested level crossing at Skye/Overton Road was awarded to joint venture John Holland/KBR in May 2017, and the construction team began mobilising on site in August 2017.

In April 2018 the level crossing was removed, improving safety and traffic flow for future commuters and local traffic. Previous traffic congestion in the two-hour morning peak period would hold up vehicles for up to 35 minutes while boom gates were down.

Landscaping works revitalised the area with 280 trees and more than 35,000 plants and seedlings covering about 9000 square metres. More than 95 per cent were Victorian natives such as flowering banksias and eucalypts, sourced and supplied through social enterprise.

The new space includes improved bus service areas, new street lighting, new signalled pedestrian crossing for the community to safely access bus services, and a 1.2 kilometre shared use path connecting northern suburbs with local traders.

Have a question about the level crossing removal in Frankston?

Ask us your question below and we'll get back to you with the information you need. If your question is urgent, give us a call on 1800 762 667 (24 hours, 7 days).


Q&A

  • The Bike Trail round the Bay still has a missing link (between Frankston and Seaford to reach the Westland trail). FCC decided some time ago that this was to run along the Railway line with beautification. Has FCC approached the responsible authority for finance from $10 million revitalisation of the area around the level crossings?

    Eva Welch asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Eva, thank you for your question. 

     In addition to removing the level crossing at Seaford Road, Seaford, the area will benefit from a $10 million revitalisation including six kilometres of walking and cycling path from Eel Race Road through Seaford and on to Frankston, new open community space and landscaping and streetscaping. 

    As part of the Skye/Overton Road level crossing removal, the area underneath the new rail bridges will also feature a new pedestrian and cycle path and landscaping.

  • I have posted some basic question yesterday and received a prompt response; however, your response did not answer the very basic questions I am asking. Will the area cleared for site compound wedged in between Skye Rd and Frankston – Dandenong Rd be reinstated? (I am not talking about the area near Skyrail, I am in particular referring to the area cleared for site compound) If yes, what kind of reinstatement will be provided? Is LXRA willing to work with the local community on the reinstatement of this area? Clearly, you have cut down large old trees and 5-meter tall bushes that were shielding the residents from vehicle lights and noise. Hence I am keen to know what will be done to reinstate the green area. As for the response to working with the local community, “We are finalising our plans for the area underneath the bridge structure and the nearby open space, including the land where we have cleared vegetation. We are working closely with Frankston City Council and key stakeholders on this.” Term stakeholder refers to, 'an individual, group, or organization, who may affect, be affected by or perceive itself to be affected by a decision, activity, or outcome of a project' this is PMI principals 101. We as nearest residents and investors are clearly affected by your activities and decisions as well as project delivery methods. Nobody from LXRA is working with any of us hence your statement is inaccurate. Lastly, it is clear that LXRA is not sweeping the local roads. Your response to road sweeping question was “Cleaning local roads will be arranged as required,” it is clearly not happening. Crushed rock is well spread on Skye Rd and Farrell St from site compound set up activities, prior to this mud was spread on these roads and was not cleaned. Just this morning one of your trucks has flicked a stone from under the tires onto my windshield; this is now becoming a safety issue to local resident’s property and well-being. And why are your work crews commencing noisy activates at 6 am anyway? “quiet hours” are until 7 am. You have trucks parked up with stereos blasting music at 6 am, dirty roads with crushed rock and mud. Please lift your standard on these very basic site activities; this is a basic courtesy request and simply the right thing to do by LXRA Please do not get me wrong, I support the infrastructure improvements and understand the difficulties with delivery of a project that locals oppose but please lift your standards and respect the local community. Regards, Tomas

    Tomas asked about 2 years ago

    Hi again Tomas, thanks for your message, and we appreciate your interest in our project.

    Since November 2015 we have been speaking with the local community, including residents and traders, about the removal of the Skye/Overton Road level crossing. The community has told us what they would like to see in the area and how this will influence the final design. This has included information about landscaping.

    We are still working with Frankston City Council and VicRoads on the final plans for the land at the corner of Skye Road/Farrell Street, which is owned by VicRoads and is where we have our site compound, and under the southern side of the rail bridge.

    We are expecting this final design information will be confirmed and available before the end of the year to share with the community.

    We have noted your concerns about noise and dirt levels in the area (we have been cleaning/sweeping the road) and have raised this with the construction team out at site. 

    Our apologies if there has been site noise that has disturbed you. We will have our site sheds up and running by mid-to late September. Our project team will be based on site and will be able to keep an eye on noise, cleanliness and any other issues. 

    If you have any further questions, we’d be very happy to have a chat with you. If you'd like to message us with your phone number, we'll give you a call.

    If you haven't already we recommend you sign up for email updates at: http://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/subscribe as this is a good way to stay up to date.

    As we said in our previous post, we are regularly providing project updates and works notices to residents and traders.

    If you live in the area and are not receiving this information, please let us know. If you’re able to confirm which where in the area you live, we can ensure you are on our mailing list for all future updates and notification letters. 

  • Dear communications manager for Skye/Overton Road SkyRail works package. It was extremely disappointing to see trees and all other flora being cut down without any prior notice or consultation with the nearest residents of park area wedged between Skye Rd and Frankston – Dandenong Rd. While I do understand the need for your project to construct site compound, it would have been courteous to let at least the nearest residents know if the upcoming destruction of the greenery and how will it be reinstated and what the local residents will be receiving in return for this inconvenience. Please note that I am a Senior Project Manager myself, I deliver major infrastructure projects just like this one, I do know that I can get access to all information I need via use of Freedom of information act and I do have access to Transport Minister during briefings related to project I am delivering as well as local MP via non-work related activities I hope you will have the courtesy to respond and provide information without the need for me to do this the hard way. I would like to ask the following questions: Why was there no notification to at least the nearest residents, I have not received a letter drop. What are the plans for reinstatement of this green area upon completion of the works? Is the project willing to work with local residents in relation to reinstatement of the area in question post project completion? If yes, do you have local resident representation for this discussion? If yes, could you please provide me with contact details for this group? Will the local roads surrounding the destroyed green area in question be swept for mud every day (As a basic courtesy - as it happens on every other major project) currently the roads are starting to become muddy due to plant movements. I will be awaiting your response within a week before escalating the above topic and questions. Regards, Tomas

    Tomas asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Tomas, thanks for your message.

    We hand delivered a letter to all local residents and traders on 4 July, advising of upcoming vegetation and tree removal, required in order to create a safe area for our construction works. Can we confirm what street you live on? The letter drop went out to more than 500 residents and businesses in the local area, and if we missed you, it would be good to know so that we can ensure we keep you up to date with future works notices.

    As mentioned in the letter, at the completion of the project in mid-2018, we will replant and landscape the area around the level crossing. Information about the project, including landscaping, parking and shared user paths, has been discussed with the local community since earlier this year and has been provided in regular updates hand delivered to 5,500 residents and traders. This information is also available online. 

    We are finalising our plans for the area underneath the bridge structure and the nearby open space, including the land where we have cleared vegetation. We are working closely with Frankston City Council and key stakeholders on this.

    We have received a lot of feedback from the community over the past 18 months, with key themes being an increase in car parking, as well as more walking/ shared use paths, greenery and parkland and an increase in community open space.

    We have regular discussions with Council, local businesses and residents to understand the impacts of construction, and how we can continue to support businesses during this time. If you have some ideas about landscaping, we'd love to hear them, so please get in touch again.

    Cleaning local roads will be arranged as required, in accordance with our mitigation and environmental management plans.

    Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any further questions about the project.

  • I have been to so many information days and nights but i still cannot get someone to show me the actal plan of the overpass. Please dont tell me to look up on the internet as it gives little detail on the plan. I WANT AN ANSWER ON WHERE THE OVERPASS STARTS AND WHERE IT FINISHES ALONG THE RAIL LINE. Please dont tell me you have the length on the computer. I have asked on so many occassions and someone ( you know that mystery person someone) is always going to email the information. My concern is mainly at the Frankston end of the overpass and where it will actually come back down on to ground level. Is it near Hope Court or even further along at Colin Avenue.

    Peter Cooksley asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Peter, our apologies for not getting back to you previously.

    The structure will be around 860m long and 5.4m at its highest point, which is shorter and lower than our reference design from 2016. There will be an embankment at each end where the rail line begins to rise with the twin rail bridges in the middle.

    South of the Skye/Overton Road level crossing, the structure will begin to elevate approximately at the intersection of Kookaburra Street and Dandenong Road West, with the embankment finishing half-way between Wykeham Court and Corlett Street.

    North of the level crossing, the embankment will begin approximately in front of the Subaru car dealership, with the rail line returning to ground level around the intersectoin of Boonong Avenue and Wells Road.  

  • Will the bridge be high enough for high trucks to pass under it?

    Connor Hickey asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Connor, thanks for your query. The height of the bridge will accommodate all vehicles and will adhere to VicRoads design requirements.

  • I would like some answers pertaining to the concerns on the amount of traffic that would be diverted to the other major roads in the area when the level crossing removal at Overton Road commences. I reside on Klauer Street in Seaford which is a major road. The traffic on this road is considerable now and will only increase by an Exponential amount due to fact that it will be the a major access to Frankston-Dandenong Road when the level crossing at Overton Roads is closed. Frankston-Dandenong Road is a Four Lane divided r road and Klauer St is a two lane road. This would mean that there would be that four lanes of traffic would be condensed into two lanes. Also, this road has two bus routes operating on this road and when the buses have stop for pickup /drop off, they block one lane. Traffic then has to divert into the other lane to pass. There are also two school zones in this area which would be affected by an increase in traffic. This concern would also be experienced on Wells Road through Kananook. At present, we are already experiencing a high traffic flow on Klauer Street. With this traffic flow there is traffic speeding on the road at all hours, very noisy vehicles at all hours, night and day. This also is the case at week-ends. The noise from some of the noisy vehicles is so loud that it rattles the windows of our house. There has been hooning in the street. There is also a service station driveway that has an entrance on Klauer Street, there is a traffic island for the traffic to go one-way towards Frankston-Dandenong Road, but vehicles ignore that and drive the wrong way down Klauer Street. Also, on Klauer Street there is a Special School. Even though there is a school zone in force, we still experience the above mentioned on a daily basis. I would like to see that some of my concerns about the speeding and noisy vehicles are addressed at the present time and for future concerns of traffic problems. I know that there are many investigations needed and many different departments discussions are involved. We are presently experiencing problems entering and exiting our property due to the traffic now, it will be only further increased by the traffic diversions. But I hope that a speedy solution is reached.

    Wild Thing asked over 2 years ago

    Hi there,

    We'll have a traffic management plan in place when we start construction on removing the Skye/Overton Road level crossing. This will include traffic diversions when we need to temporarily close the intersection at the level crossing. 

    We will be announcing our construction partner in coming weeks and will have more information at this point to share with the local community. We don't have this level of detail just yet. 

    We recommend that you speak with Frankston Council, VicRoads and Victoria Police about speeding and traffic infringements on Klauer Street. 

    You may also like to sign up for email updates - levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/subscribe - if you haven't already, as this is a good way to stay up to date.

  • It seems that the decision has been made to build a rail bridge, although I am against it. I only hope that the design is done well with the local community of residents/ owners in mind with areas of parkland, bike & walking tracks. I attended the community session in 2016. I would like to drop in at the hub however the hrs it is open-Tues 10-3 hardly allows for community interaction for those that are working. It would be beneficial if you also offered some hrs on the weekend and evenings for locals to drop in. I noticed the Seaford hub is open on a Sat !!! Danielle

    Danni asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Danielle, 

    When we announce our construction partner and the final design for the rail bridge, which will be around mid-year, we will be doing more community engagement. This will be an opportunity to talk about design detail with local residents and traders. While details are still to be confirmed, these sessions will include Saturdays and evenings. Stay tuned!

  • Should the new railway overpass bridges go over Skye/Overton Road, Frankston? To build a bridge, this saves time for workers without lowering down the train tracks.

    Michael Ngo asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Michael, 

    Thanks for your question. Our rail bridge will go over Skye/Overton Road, where the level crossing is now. We're aiming to keep road and rail disruption to a minimum during construction. 

    If you have questions about the project, please give us a call on 1800 762 667.

  • Why isn't an evelated rail being considered for Frankston to Mordialloc? It would be far cheaper to build and done quicker, and most of the infrastructure along the line is old and needs to be replaced anyway - as do the stations that need to be built new and brought into the 21st century. Opening up the areas under the elevated rail would allow a bike path to be created as well as easy access for traffic and the local community to the beach.

    Keith B asked over 2 years ago

    Hi again Keith,

    We're responsible for removing 50 level crossings throughout Melbourne. Removing all the level crossings between Frankston and Mordialloc is beyond the scope of our project to remove level crossings in Edithvale, Bonbeach, Carrum, Seaford and Frankston. However, our work will not preclude any future removal of further level crossings between Mordialloc and Frankston.

  • There is need for an express train from Frankston to Mordialloc instead of the current stopping all stations situation. With all the level crossing removals between Frankston and Mordialloc, will you be future proofing the rail network and ensuring enough room for three tracks can be built instead of the current two to all for an express train? I understand you may not build the third track yet, but you must provision for it when you build the infrastructure.

    Keith B asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Keith,

    We're working closely with Public Transport Victoria and Transport for Victoria, who are responsible for network planning. They haven't indicated a requirement for additional tracks along the Frankston line from Cheltenham to Frankston.

  • As a property owner it has upset me to hear that the rail over road has been suggested to be the best solution, i can already hear the trains quite loadly especially when we can 20 cart freight trains frequently going up and down the line at all hours of the day, i strongly oppose the rail over road and want to know the reason why we cant have the trenched solution, i understand the water flow is a factor but i believe this can be resolved like in alot of the other areas. i think it will be an eye sore and very noisy i am very worried about what this will do to my property value and dont think it is very fair that alot of the other crossings get other solutions but this doesnt, if you go for the trenched solution it will be a great outcome for many years to come but the rail over road will forever be an eyesore and deter the community from wanting to live in close proximity, Lets do a sloution that will benifit us for the long term

    Scottd asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Scott,

    Thanks for your question. 

    There is a flood overlay in this area and a complex pattern of overland water flow. We worked with Melbourne Water to try to find a solution that would allow us to do a rail trench, but it just wasn't possible. 

    The rail bridge has no impact to the floodplain and overland water flow and can be constructed a lot quicker, making the area safer, sooner. Once we have a builder on board, we will have designs of what the rail bridge will look like.

  • any plans for level crossings at Chelsea,victoria

    venir asked almost 3 years ago

    Hi there,

    We wish we could remove every level crossing in Melbourne but we're starting with the first 50 that have been identified for removal - this doesn't include Chelsea but thanks for letting us know where you are experiencing frustrations.

  • If this overhead rail bridge does proceed - and it seems it's a foregone conclusion that it will - Is there any plan to build any kind of sound barrier - one that deflects rail noise back towards the western side of Dandenong Road West - so that residents who live within a stone's throw of the railway line won't have to live with the increased level of noise coming off trains as they roar past? And a barrier may help to hide the ugliness of the bridge. PS - what heritage issues might there be along this strip of weeds?

    epoh59 asked almost 3 years ago

    Hi there, thanks for your question. 

    We understand that the noise is a really important consideration so that’s why we are undertaking comprehensive noise modelling. The first step is to get an understanding of the expected noise increases or decreases and then apply Victoria's rail policy to make sure we're getting the right level of protection. More information about this policy can be found in the technical investgations update in our document library (https://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/Frankston/documents). 

    Measures to lessen sound impacts will be developed in future stages, once we have more detail. In some areas, heritage considerations can be really important like in Cheltenham and Mentone where there are heritage protected stations. In other areas, we'll investigate different aspects of European or Indigenous heritage to identify any items of importance - keep an eye out for updates via our website or check out our heritage fact sheet in our document library for more information.

  • Why is road traffic regarded as more important than rail traffic? By building this crossing as rail over road will greatly inconvenience rail commuters, not to mention the thousands of tons of freight that gets shipped on this line daily. The crossings each side of this crossing, namely Wells Road and Beach St, were both replaced with bridges over the the rail, coursing little disruption to rail traffic. There are plenty of alternate routes for road traffic but none for rail

    John Darke asked about 3 years ago

    Hi John,

    Thanks for your question.

    Skye/Overton Road is a complex junction with traffic coming from multiple directions. We did investigate road-based options, but they would have had a significant negative impact on the community because of the land acquisition required. Check out page 7 of the Preliminary Options Assessment for Frankston for more information. A rail bridge is generally quicker and less disruptive to construct than a rail trench. We're estimating around a month's rail shutdown, several weekend rail closures and minor road and lane closures to construct a rail bridge in Frankston - see page 13 of the Assessment.

  • I am a commuter from Frankston to CBD and longing for the day when duplication of tracks will realise so that there will be an express train between Frankston and Cheltenham which would shorten the travelling time by 15 minutes. While I understand it is technically challenging one, I'm wondering if the planning of level-crossing removals are taking into consideration of the possibility of future duplication of tracks with a long-term vision.

    midori asked about 3 years ago

    Hi there,

    Thanks for your question, and we do apologise for the late reply.

    As the Frankston line rail corridor is narrow, there is little capacity to add a third line beyond Moorabbin. In Public Transport Victoria's Network Development Plan, which identifies development of the metropolitan railway system over the next 20 years and beyond, there is currently no requirement for a third track beyond Moorabbin.