Chelsea

Works to remove the Chelsea Road level crossing will start in 2020.

The level crossing will be removed by lowering the rail line into a trench and Chelsea Road will be closed to vehicles.

Argyle Avenue will have new road connection at the current level and Thames Promenade will be extended to the Nepean Highway. The Swanpool Avenue level crossing will also be closed to vehicles.

The new road connection between Thames Promenade and the Nepean Highway will create a direct connection to major arterial roads, including the Mornington Peninsula Freeway and future Mordialloc Freeway.

A new Chelsea Station, with improved pedestrian and bus connections, will be built as part of the project.

The boom gates at the three Chelsea level crossings can be down for up to 40 per cent of the morning peak, when up to 30 trains run through the crossings. Current network plans to increase the number of trains running on the Frankston line, means more boom gate downtime.

Construction starts next year and all the level crossings from Edithvale to Bonbeach will be gone in 2022.

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Works to remove the Chelsea Road level crossing will start in 2020.

The level crossing will be removed by lowering the rail line into a trench and Chelsea Road will be closed to vehicles.

Argyle Avenue will have new road connection at the current level and Thames Promenade will be extended to the Nepean Highway. The Swanpool Avenue level crossing will also be closed to vehicles.

The new road connection between Thames Promenade and the Nepean Highway will create a direct connection to major arterial roads, including the Mornington Peninsula Freeway and future Mordialloc Freeway.

A new Chelsea Station, with improved pedestrian and bus connections, will be built as part of the project.

The boom gates at the three Chelsea level crossings can be down for up to 40 per cent of the morning peak, when up to 30 trains run through the crossings. Current network plans to increase the number of trains running on the Frankston line, means more boom gate downtime.

Construction starts next year and all the level crossings from Edithvale to Bonbeach will be gone in 2022.

For regular information about the progress of this project, sign up for email updates.


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  • Are you going to put beams across the whole cut similar to Ormond creating lots of space above the trench?

    Gazza asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Gazza,

    Thanks for your question.

    The Chelsea project is in its early stages of planning and the design has not yet been finalised. 

    However, the Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach stations will be in open trenches and will not have decks above them. 

    We'll have more information, including renders, as the project progresses. We encourage you to subscribe to our e-updates at levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/contact/subscribe so you can get the latest info. 

  • Hi, at the drop-in sessions concept drawings were provided for residents to review. These don't appear to have been provided online for those who can't make the drop-in sessions. Can the concept drawings that were provided at the drop-in sessions please be uploaded to the Chelsea online document library for everyone to view?

    ChelseaRes asked 2 months ago

    Hello, 

    Thanks for your message and apologies for the delayed response. 

    Currently there are no concept drawings for the Chelsea project, however, if you're referring to the roll plots that were available at our information sessions, unfortunately, they are too large to publish on our website. These plots will be available at future community information sessions as the project progresses. 

    If you haven't done so already, please subscribe to our email updates for up-to-date project information by visiting levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/contact/subscribe

  • We are considering moving into the area across from the railway substation opposite Wimborne Ave. I am just curious, were will the Argyle Ave trench start and finish and will this ugly substation still be there after the completion of works?

    Daveym46 asked 2 months ago

    Hi Dave, thanks for getting in touch.

    The trench will begin from Argyle Avenue and will end close to Golden Avenue. The new substation will be built between Golden Avenue and Broadway. 

    If you'd like to receive up-to-date information about the project, subscribe to our email updates at levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/contact/subscribe

  • Hi LXRA Are there any plans to retain the old chelsea station building in some way?

    Steve Talbot asked 2 months ago

    Hi Steve, we're currently looking at opportunities for how the old Chelsea station building could be repurposed. Stay tuned!

  • Hi, I live in a street beachside between Chelsea and Edithvale, close to the Swanpool crossing. it can be difficult to exit safely from my street and cross the traffic on Nepean Highway from my street during peak hour times. The increased flow of the traffic will potentially make it even more difficult and unsafe. Would you consider “side st traffic activated” lights at the Swanpool pedestrian crossing as a safety measure for cars entering Nepean Highway from the side streets.

    Give me a break. asked 3 months ago

    Hi there, thanks for your question. 

    The existing traffic signals at the Swanpool pedestrian crossing will remain in place once the crossing is closed to traffic. There will be traffic lights installed at the new Thames Promenade intersection and it is expected that both of these sets of lights will create gaps in traffic on Nepean Highway. 

     At this stage a loop in side streets is not included in the project scope. However further traffic analysis will be undertaken during detailed design and we will look closely at traffic flow on Nepean Highway and community feedback, and will consider whether this could be appropriate, in consultation with VicRoads and Council. 

    You are welcome to contact the project team on 1800 105 105 if you have any further questions.

  • Will the new station be almost directly opposite Blantyre Ave? What will pedestrian access by like in the heart of Chelsea? At the moment, you can cross over at Chelsea Road, go via the underpass at the end of Blantyre or cross over at Argyle.

    MyHomeTown asked 3 months ago

    Hi there, thanks for your question.

    The new Chelsea Station will be between Blantyre Ave and Catherine Ave. There will be pedestrian and cycling access across the rail line including at each of the new stations. New walking paths along the rail line will be built, creating safer access to shops, facilities and the beach. 

    You can find more info at https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/media/publications/edithvale-chelsea-and-bonbeach-community-update-july-2019, or contact a member of the project team on 1800 105 105.

  • When will design plans for Chelsea station and pedestrian crossings be available?

    Stevenadams11 asked 3 months ago

    Hi Steven, thanks for your question. 

    The project is in it's early stages and is currently undergoing investigations to help frame the design. 

    For the latest information go to https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/media/publications/edithvale-chelsea-and-bonbeach-community-update-july-2019#. 

    If you haven't done so already, consider subscribing to our email updates for up-to-date project information by visiting levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/contact/subscribe.

  • The level crossing removal project uses emotive language in all media (such as safer, easing congestion, better connected) I have not seen any metrics that support this language or detail the meaning of these words and how they have been measured. Can you please provide details of the metrics that will be used to measure the success of this. If this project fails to deliver less congestion or fails to deliver a better connected community, then what will be done to ensure that this is rectified? Removing crossings may in fact fail to achieve any or all of these goals. Some of the crossings already removed have not achieved any reduction in congestion.

    concerned.citizen asked 4 months ago

    Hi Concerned.Citizen - data is collected on metrics such as travel times and crossing safety. For example, maximum travel times through crossing areas have been halved in the morning peak following the removal of level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong. The removal of five level crossings in Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach means that boom gates will no longer bank up traffic waiting to cross the Frankston line in peak hours.

  • Will there be access for pedestrians and cyclists to be able to cross from Station St to Nepean Hwy at Lochiel Ave Edithvale once this crossing is closed to car traffic?

    Fifth asked 4 months ago

    Hi Fifth - pedestrian and cyclist crossing at Lochiel Avenue will be retained and upgraded, with signalised road crossings at Nepean Highway and Station Street for safety and accessibility.

  • We have just received Issue#1 of the Level Crossing Removal Update and we are surprised to see that the pedestrian crossing between Golden Ave and Chadwell Grove has been completely removed? I have read data that shows that this crossing has twice the foot traffic of the neighboring Broadway Ave. Why is this being removed? Regards Michael

    MK asked 4 months ago

    Hi Michael, 

    Thanks for your question. 

    The Golden Avenue pedestrian crossing will be closed as part of the level crossing removal works. There are several pedestrian crossings over the rail line that do not connect with traffic signals on Nepean Highway, making those crossings dangerous as people dash in front of cars to cross the road. To make the crossings safer, all pedestrian crossings over the new rail trench will align with nearby traffic signals on Nepean Highway. 

    While the crossing at Golden Avenue will be removed, if you are heading to Chelsea, the crossing at Argyle Avenue will still be there, and if you are heading south, the nearby railway pedestrian crossing at Broadway Avenue will be maintained and moved 25 metres to the north.

  • Given the northern end of the Chelsea trench finishes at about Swanpool Ave, how will the pedestrian access across the rail line at Swanpool Ave be separated from the rail - will this be over the rail line or under?

    ChelseaRes asked 4 months ago

    Hi Itready, 

    The pedestrian crossing across the rail line at Swanpool Avenue will be retained at ground level. There will be a better signalised road crossing to make it safer and easier to access shops, community facilities and the beach in Chelsea.

  • Will the pedestrian crossing at Swanpool Ave be separated from the rail line? And will the timing of pedestrian lights be better suited to pedestrian travel? There are currently long wait times for pedestrians at these crossings

    ChelseaRes asked 4 months ago

    The pedestrian crossing across the rail line at Swanpool Avenue will be retained, with a better-signalised crossing to make it safer and easier to access shops, community facilities and the beach in Chelsea.

  • The footpath along Station Street between Thames Promenade and Swanpool Avenue is in poor condition, poorly lit, and a bit of a 'concrete jungle', creating safety issues. Will this footpath be replaced, and can some greenery be added along this section?

    ChelseaRes asked 4 months ago

    As you are aware, Thames Promenade will be extended to Nepean Highway and the crossing at Swanpool Avenue will be closed. We appreciate your feedback regarding the footpath between Swanpool Avenue and Thames Promenade and will pass this on to our designers.

  • It appears that the new station will be moving to the South of the existing station, making access more difficult for residents to the North. Will an overpass and direct platform access be provided at the North end of the platforms, to help improve access for pedestrians arriving from the North?

    ChelseaRes asked 4 months ago

    Hi ltready, the new Chelsea station will be moved about 50 metres south of the current station. It will be upgraded to modern design and accessibility standards meaning there will be multiple entry points from all directions to get you to the platform. The platform will also be in a trench close to ground level with easy access via ramps and stairs.

  • Will there still be pedestrian access to the beach between Thames Promenade and Swanpool Avenue as it is now? Many locals use that access to get to the beach in summer and get to the local shops on foot. The plans don't show any access. Also how long is the trench? Where does it start and finish in Chelsea?

    fotomarc asked 4 months ago

    Hi there, thanks for your questions. 

    The pedestrian and cyclist crossings across the rail line at Swanpool Avenue and Thames Promenade will be retained, with signalised road crossings making it safer and easier to access shops, community facilities and the beach. 

    Regarding the length of the trenches, we anticipate the trench will be approximately 1 kilometre in length at Edithvale, 1.3 kilometres at Chelsea and 1.1 kilometres at Bonbeach. 

    Please let us know if you have any further questions.