Charman and Park roads, Cheltenham

Charman Road, Cheltehamd level crossing with boom gates down and train travelling through


Initial works to remove the dangerous and congested level crossings at Charman and Park roads in Cheltenham are underway. Main construction is due to start mid 2019.

At Cheltenham, the rail line will be lowered into a rail trench, with the roads to be rebuilt at their current level. The level crossings in Cheltenham and at nearby Balcombe Road in Mentone will be gone for good by late 2020.

Cheltenham’s new station will have forecourt seating, open space, landscaping and direct connections across the rail line through the station precinct to local shops, bus stops and Cheltenham Park. The existing palm trees will be a key feature of the new station precinct.

The project will also include more than three kilometres of walking and cycling paths connecting the Cheltenham and Mentone station precincts, landscaping, improved lighting and accessibility and car parking.

The existing station buildings will be carefully removed and refurbished, with their final location still being worked through.


Initial works to remove the dangerous and congested level crossings at Charman and Park roads in Cheltenham are underway. Main construction is due to start mid 2019.

At Cheltenham, the rail line will be lowered into a rail trench, with the roads to be rebuilt at their current level. The level crossings in Cheltenham and at nearby Balcombe Road in Mentone will be gone for good by late 2020.

Cheltenham’s new station will have forecourt seating, open space, landscaping and direct connections across the rail line through the station precinct to local shops, bus stops and Cheltenham Park. The existing palm trees will be a key feature of the new station precinct.

The project will also include more than three kilometres of walking and cycling paths connecting the Cheltenham and Mentone station precincts, landscaping, improved lighting and accessibility and car parking.

The existing station buildings will be carefully removed and refurbished, with their final location still being worked through.

Have a question about the level crossing removal in Cheltenham?

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).


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  • Where are the buses going to run now that charman road is closed off at cheltenham station. Like the bus route 600 for example.

    Jual asked 6 days ago

    Hi Jual, 

    As we were able to complete works early, Charman Road has now re-opened to vehicles and buses resumed their usual routes today (Tuesday 3 December).

    During any disruptions to bus routes, there are signs at the bus stops to inform passengers about temporary bus stop locations. During the Charman Road closure between 15 November and 2 December, bus routes 600, 811, 922 and 923 did not service stops on Charman Road between Weatherall Road and Park Road. Passengers for bus route 600 were able to catch the bus at the Charman Uniting Church/Charman Road and Keith St/Charman Road stops instead.

    For more information on bus routes, you can contact Public Transport Victoria on 1800 800 007 or visit their website on ptv.vic.gov.au

  • So, question. With the lands that you bulldozed the homes from...are they solely for use by LXRA or can anyone go in and work in them? Chainsaws and hammering on a Thursday night and I was told it was Telstra. Why is Telstra in there doing works? So seriously over my sleep being disrupted

    Tbone asked 10 days ago

    Hi Tbone, thanks for your question. That's correct - Telstra was on-site on Thursday evening relocating underground telecommunication services near the rail line. These vital works are necessary for the Cheltenham level crossing removal project to progress safely. 

    We understand night works can be disruptive. Telstra owns these telecommunication assets and is responsible for work on them and providing advance notice to nearby residents. We encourage you to contact Telstra directly to provide feedback or to seek further information regarding these works.

  • Hello - Please can you let me know when will the survey re feedback on open space Bell to Moreland be available to complete via the online engagement hub at your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au? Currently, the only open survey is for local business. Many thanks for your help.

    Aly asked 3 months ago

    Hi Aly,

    Thanks for getting in touch.

    The open space survey for the Bell to Moreland project is now open (here at your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au) until Saturday, 28 September 2019.

  • Hi - could you please answer the question posted 15 days ago - "You advised construction plans would be available late 2018. Have then been made available to the public? If not why and when will they be available?". Since land has been acquired and buildings have been demolished in the community it seems there must be plans that we haven't yet seen. Thanks

    Cheltresident asked 9 months ago

    Hi Cheltresident - please be patient a little longer and we will have more information to share with you. The early works, including the demolition, are not part of our main construction works, which will get underway later this year. Details, including design and construction timeframes will be made public soon.

  • You advised construction plans would be available late 2018. Have then been made available to the public? If not why and when will they be available? You advised construction would commence late 2018. Has construction commenced? If not why and when will it commence? Can you keep community updated with accurate information as opposed to timeframes which don’t appear to be met?

    Glenn asked 10 months ago

    Hi Glenn, thanks for your enquiry. Initial works are underway - we are in the process of clearing land at acquired properties near the rail line. These works will continue until April 2019. 

    At this stage, we are unable to provide dates for the start of the major works at Cheltenham and Mentone - please be patient, we'll have more information soon :) We can confirm that works will commence later this year and take about 18 months. 

    In the meantime, if you haven't yet, the best way to receive up-to-date project information is by registering for our email updates. Go to levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/contact/subscribe.

  • Hi, Would like to request an update for the Cheltenham station works? Construction work was to begin in late 2018 (still stated as such on this website) and other than a letter/email (http://levelcrossingremovalauthority.createsend1.com/t/ViewEmail/r/F0AAECCB9F33138D2540EF23F30FEDED/788760343793494D6CBD507C784BD83B) that didn't provide much in an update, there has been no talk of Cheltenham's rail trench post-election. Any update would be appreciated.

    ratlsnake asked 11 months ago

    Hi ratlsnake, thanks for your enquiry. 

    Initial works at Cheltenham are underway - we are in the process of clearing land at properties we have acquired near the rail line that are required for the level crossing removals. These works will continue until April 2019. 

    At this stage, we are unable to provide exact dates for the start of the major works at Cheltenham, but should be able to soon. However, we can reiterate that major works will get underway this year. We appreciate your patience. 

  • Hi, Just wanted to know if you have a date for the Cheltenham station works and when the LXRA will occupy/close the Cheltenham station car park. Ore does only one side of the car park have to be closed ? Thanks cjam

    cjam asked over 1 year ago

    Hi cjam, thanks for your enquiry. We're still working on the detailed design and schedule, so we can't give you an exact date or details yet. However, we'll be out to share the design and timeline with the community later this year. Stay tuned!

  • Good morning. I am considering buying an existing business on Charman Road, very close to the railway station. I would like to know where I can view plans, drawings, concepts, etc. for the project, and expected duration of disruption. Thank you.

    vbsa asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Vbsa, Thanks for your question. The removal of the level crossings at Park and Charman Roads in Cheltenham will involve lowering the rail line into a trench and rebuilding the roads at the current level. 

     For details of the project, visit your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/cheltenham, where we have a number of documents including the ‘Cheltenham Precinct Design Concept Long plot’ and the ‘Preliminary Options Assessment’ - this is from mid-2016, but the information on likely constructon disruption and haulage routes is still relevant. 

    We'll be starting work in Cheltenham by late this year, and are currently finalising our design and planning. We expect construction to take around 18 months. We'll be able to share more specific information and timeframes later this year. Please call us on 1800 105 105 if you have further questions.

  • Hi just heard from someone that the underpass for Park rd (Pennydale community prefered option) will not be built but Pedestrian lights will be put in place. Could you please provide reasons for this. And also could you also review this decision given the fact that removing the crossing is being done to remove congestion at this part of Park rd especially during peak hour.

    cjam asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Cjam and thanks for your inquiry. We thoroughly investigated pedestrian operated signals and a pedestrian underpass as safe ways of crossing Park Road. Signals are the recommended option as they will link with the bike/pedestrian path and provide a safe crossing point. 

    Our investigations found there would be numerous issues with the location of the underpass. These include the narrow space between the rail trench retaining wall and neighboring homes, the various services that will run along the rail trench, and connections to the new substation at Park Road. There are also issues with drainage and overland water flow. 

    Additionally, a pedestrian underpass would still require an at grade crossing. Given the very limited available space, the underpasses would have narrow, straight passages, which are often perceived as unsafe, and long ramps in order to meet Disability Discrimination Act compliance. 

  • Follow up question based on design being release in late 2018, as this is very close to election time for the Victorian State Government. Can you please confirm if funds are already committed to rail trench design AND implementation for Cheltenham/Mentone stations using the rail trench option? I would hate to think that we have gone through so many stages of community feedback, for which we had an overwhelming response of ~95% FOR the rail trench option (figures released by Level Crossing Removal survey results - can't recall exact figure) and for that to be only ignored and replaced with rail over option.

    Brett asked over 1 year ago

    Hi again Brett and thanks for your question. We are committed to the removal of level crossings at Charman and Park Roads in Cheltenham and Balcombe Road in Mentone by lowering the rail line at these sections into trenches and rebuilding the roads at the current level. We are still finalising design and expect constrction to start in late 2018.

  • Can you advise when the design will be released for public viewing?

    Brett asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Brett, thanks for your question. At this stage, we're still working on detailed designs and we'll have them available to show the community in late 2018.

  • Hi...can you tell us the approximate duration (from late 2018 till ??) of these construction/changes taking place?

    pratsayshi asked over 1 year ago

    Hi pratsayshi, thanks for your enquiry. Construction at Cheltenham and Mentone will be starting in late 2018. We'll work with the construction partner this year to determine the end date for the project.  

  • Hello, currently there is a pedestrian pathway from Stanley Ave/Edward Street through to Charman Road - running parallel to the train line. In the LXR plans and the local council plans I haven't seen whether this will be retained or not?

    MichelleB asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi MichelleB, thanks for your enquiry. The pedestrian pathway there will remain and we'll also be adding a shared walking and cycling path on the other side of the rail line, so you'll have plenty of ways to get around.

  • I have relatives buried in the Cheltenham Pioneer Cemetery - one very close to the Railway line (he came to Australia to help open the railway system in the 1860's) - what safeguards are in place to ensure this area will be preserved?

    Col asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Col, thanks for your enquiry. We understand how careful we need to be when digging near the cemetery. We are already working closely with the Cheltenham Pioneer Cemetery to understand potential impacts, and we will continue to work with them as we prepare for construction to start at the end of 2018. 

  • The laneway beside BWS on Charman road is dangerous and awkward for drivers. It is dangerous as rushing drivers come down it at speed during busy times such as after school. Children aren't as aware of it as normal roads and drivers have little warning/visibility when entering the footpath. Drivers use it as a short-cut to miss the equally challenging exit to the station car park Please look to fix/close it.

    davidbradford asked about 2 years ago

    Thank you for the feedback, David. We'll certainly take this onboard as we develop our plans. You may also be interested to know that the City of Kingston has been consulting with the community on the future of Cheltenham as part of their structure plan review, and this included a proposed pedestrian link in the laneway that you are referring to. While submissions have closed, you may wish to provide council with this feedback www.yourkingstonyoursay.com.au/cheltenham.

  • Has it now been confirmed that the historic station buildings will be retained within the new Cheltenham station precinct and is it your intention to save both the City of Bayside side (city bound) and City of Kingston (Frankston bound) side station buildings. Will they be remaining in situ or be relocated within the site. This is the most historic precinct in Cheltenham with the Cheltenham Primary School (1869), Cheltenham Pioneer Cemetery (1865) and Station Buildings - City Side (1899), Frankston Side (1882). I remained concerned that LXRA has shown strong support for Mentone buildings which only date back to 1914, but overlook the importance of the Cheltenham buildings.

    Sue Beazley asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Sue, thanks for your question. The historic station buildings will be retained and repurposed within the station area. When the design is finalised in mid 2018, we will let you know how the heritage buildings will be used.

  • Hi I would like to know if there has been any further updates on the Latrobe Street Crossing? I know this crossing can become congested and would like to know if there has been any consideration to continue to rail trenching through from Cheltenham station to Mentone station?

    Leora Ewing asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Leora, 

    Thanks for your question. 

    Unfortunately the Latrobe St crossing isn't nominated for removal. While we'd love to remove all of the level crossings around Melbourne, we need to focus on the 50 nominated for removal by 2022. There are a number of factors considered when assessing level crossing removals, including congestion, safety and overall economic benefits. It's helpful to know where people are having frustrations so these crossings can be considered in future.  

  • Hi there, I would like to know about proposed landscaping at the end of Heather Grove, Cheltenham where the huge pine trees currently are. I understand they wil be removed and would like to know what will replace them and what sound barriers might be installed to compensate. I know it is early days and this may not yet have been considered but I'd like to be kept in the loop on this.

    astrid asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Astrid, thanks for your enquiry. Unfortunately, several trees will need to be removed along the length of the Cheltenham rail corridor so that the trench can be constructed.

    While we do not have any detailed plans for landscaping at this point, these details will be finalised once we have a construction partner onboard mid-2018.

    You can stay up to date with the project by signing up for e-updates here: http://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/subscribe

  • There has been a demolition near my property but I was told nothing about the timing of this. Why not? You advised that work was beginning in 2018.

    mjk96 asked about 2 years ago

    Hi mjk96, thanks for your enquiry. We're not doing any demolition work on the Frankston line. Our works will commence in late 2018, when we have a construction partner on board. When we do commence works, impacted residents will be notified.

  • I note that there is an elevated walkway planned at Heather grove across the rail line. I am concerned for elderly residents and others who may find climbing the steps difficult. Is there provision for these people other than at SEide crt. This exit has its own problems for residents walking under the bridge.

    Josie asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Josie, thanks for your enquiry. In order to be compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act, all pedestrian overpassses will be ramps to ensure that everyone can access them. Siede Court is outside the scope of the Cheltenham level crossing removal project so LXRA are not aware of any changes to that access.

  • Hello, currently the townhouses at 18 Barrett Street Cheltenham have access to their garages off the laneway between Barrett and Higham street, along the rail line. The latest design seems to cover this laneway with the combined walking/cycling track. How will this affect access to the driveway of 18 Barrett street, and will pedestrian and cyclists have to share the track with cars along this area ?

    aevans asked about 2 years ago

    Hi aevens, thank you for your enquiry. Residents at 18 Barrett Street will still be able to access their driveways via the paved laneway at the rear of the property. We are still finalising the alignment of our final designs at present, but once we have a contractor on board, we will be able to provide more detailed designs on this path, and the rest of the Cheltenham level crossing removal project.

  • Why hasn't the Highett Rd crossing been included? The traffic congestion at this site is often diabolical, with the lights at Graham Rd, intersection of Railway Pde on the other side, pedestrian crossing near the post office and further lights at Woolworths entry, none of which seem to be co-ordinated with the others or with the level crossing. I have often been stuck at this crossing with 3 trains from both directions coming through without the gates lifting in between.

    Jacqui21 asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Jacqui21, thank you for your enquiry. Unfortunately the Highett Road crossing isn't included in the 50 level crossings the Government has committed to removing.

    However, thirteen level crossings will be removed on the Frankston line as part of this project, with three already done.

    With 13 being removed, congestion in the local area will be significantly reduced. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any further questions. 

  • Hello, I live in Beaumaris and use Charman Road regularly. I also use Balcombe Road, even more regularly. Are these two crossings going to be removed at the same time? Charman and Balcombe Roads are major roads in this area and if both roads are going to be closed at once it is going to cause chaos for traffic and residents in the area. Thanks, Josh Hartwig

    Morphius asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Josh, 

    Thanks for your enquiry. Construction timing for the Cheltenham and Mentone level crossing removal sites will be worked through once we have brought a construction partner on board at the end of this year. 

    Once this has occurred, we'll develop the construction management plan and work closely with Vic Roads, local council, residents and traders to ensure that construction disruptions are undertaken in a way that minimises local impacts as much as possible.

  • Hello, will Southland Station be open and remain open when works to remove the level crossings at Charman Rd & Park Rd commence? Has any planning and decision occurred regarding moving the Cheltenham Bus Terminals at Southland from the north side of Southland to the South next to / nearer to Southland Station - it only makes sense to try to streamline commuter journeys by linking buses and trains (as they do in Oakleigh) to have the bus terminals next to the station to increase access for all travellers, especially people with disabilities, and to avoid possible danger to pedestrians in trying to cross the busy Nepean Highway and Southland car parks. thanks

    Stevan asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Stevan, 

    Thanks for your question. During our rail occupations we will have buses replacing trains with a replacement bus stop to service each station, including the new Southland Station. We understand rail occupations can be disruptive so as we plan for construction over the coming year, we will work to minimise disruptions where possible. 

    If you have any other suggestions about bussing at Southland, please direct to PTV as they are managing the Southland Station project.

  • I am looking to purchase a property at 27 Churchill Avenue in Cheltenham. Are you able to advise if this property is part of the property acquisition? As this property is neighboring to the propertys impacted by acquisition detailed on the Charman-Park_Rd__Cheltenham_Precinct_Design_Concept_Long_plot_20170223.pdf what will be the use of these properties after construction?

    dwith asked over 2 years ago

    Hello, 

    Thank you for your enquiry. The property at 27 Churchill Ave is not required under the proposed designs for Cheltenham but you are correct that the neighbouring property will be impacted. 

    At this stage in our design process, no decision has been made about how excess properties or land will be used when construction is complete. If you would like to keep up to date with design and construction timelines, decisions and changes - please subscribe to our e-News at www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/subscribe

  • When Southland station is operation in 2018, will trains terminate at Moorabbin, when the Level crossing removal work is on at Cheltenham, thus not serving the new station?

    Ben White asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Ben, during our rail occupations we will have buses replacing trains with a replacement bus stop to service each station including the new Southland Station. We understand rail occupations can be disruptive so as we plan for construction over the coming year, we will work to minimise disruptions where possible.

  • Two people have been struck by trains at this dangerous level crossing in less then 24hrs. When will you fast-track the removal of this dangerous level crossing?

    Glenn asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Glenn,

    Safety around stations and the rail corridor is a high priority and it's saddening that these incidents have occurred. We understand Victoria Police are investigating these matters. Construction is set to commence late 2018 as this level crossing is a priority for the government. 

  • A member of the community was tragically fatally struck by a train at the dangerous Cheltenham level crossings during the evening peak hour service tonight. Can you assure the local community the dangerous Charman Rd and Park Rd level crossings will be fast tracked for removal prior to the end of 2018?

    Pete Mate asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Pete,

    Safety around stations and the rail corridor is a high priority and it's saddening that these incidents have occurred. We understand Victorian Police are currently investigating this incident. In relation to the removal of the crossings at Charman Road and Park Road, construction for the removal of these level crossings is due to commence late 2018. This timing factors in property acquisitions that need to occur as part of the project. 

  • I am considering buying a property at 8 Barrett Street Cheltenham and I noticed that on some of the paperwork it is listed there may be the potential of property acquisition on/near Barrett Street.Will this be the case for the Back of 7 Barrett St that looks over the train lines. What will the plans will be for the area behind Barrett Street once the train goes underground and when the work will commence?

    Anna Glassoff asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Anna, 

    Thanks for your questions. As discussed over the phone, there will be some impacts near Barrett St during construction, however we will work with residents and the local community to ensure we minimise the impact as much as possible. Construction will commence in 2018.  

  • The steel used to retain the walls at Bentleigh, McKinnon and Ormond are already full of graffiti and rust. Are you considering an improved wall finishing for this removal?

    Glenn asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Glenn, 

    Thanks for your question. The steel plates behind the screens at Bentleigh, McKinnon and Ormond are designed to rust and match the particular colour palate of the station panels. This in no way affects the integrity of the material used and is simply a design choice of the project team in consultation with the community. 

    In Cheltenham and Mentone, we are currently in our early stages of design and have not selected materials for the rail trench. We will be hosting workshops mid year to discuss design elements and we encourage you to come along and join the conversation. 

    Visit www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/subscribe to sign up for e-news updates and keep an eye out for our workshop dates.

  • Hi the PTV have removed the existing pedestrian pathway whilst replacing the parallel carparks recently with Angled car parks. ( Cheltenham Park side carpark). 1. Can the pedestrian pathway be reinstalled asap as this carpark is now an impending danger to school kids (primarily primary age) who use this route to get to school eg Cheltenham Primary school. 2. Also will the increase of 12 additional car parks be part of the "no net gain of carparks" calculation when the carparks are reinstated?

    cjam asked over 2 years ago

    Hi there,

    Thanks for your questions. 

    For enquiries on the current pedestrian pathways, we would encourage you to contact PTV or your local council as we do not have control over these issues. We will pass your concerns onto PTV which relate to safety. 

    You're correct, our current design shows no net loss of car parking as a result of the project. The 12 car parks that have been built by PTV to offset car parks that need to be removed to make way for the  substation are part of these car park numbers. 

    We will be hosting a range of workshops in mid-2017 to discuss car parking and other opportunities with the community. Please sign up to our e-News www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/subscribe to keep an eye out for dates.

  • Would the new Cheltenham Station to have the train terminus removed? Platform 3 at the new Cheltenham Station should be removed. The train track terminus at Cheltenham next to the Cemetry can also be removed so that these trains will no longer terminate at Cheltenham so then the trains during the PM Peak Monday to Friday will continue on to stop all stations to Frankston. Cheltenham Station Platform 2 to the city can renumbered to platform 1. Cheltenham Station Platform 3 to Frankston can renumbered to platform 2.

    Michael Ngo asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Michael,

    Thanks for your query regarding the third track at Cheltenham Station. 

    The turnback function at Cheltenham Station is a requirement of Public Transport Victoria, and will remain following the completion of the level crossing removal at Park and Charman Roads. However, there are some changes to the track configuration.  The purpose of the proposed track configuration at Cheltenham is primarily to allow for the turning back of services at Cheltenham without disrupting trains travelling from Frankston to the CBD.  

    This new configuration provides the ability to uplift services on this line to meet future demand and increase the overall functionality of the network. This is achieved by creating a path for the Frankston services travelling to Melbourne through Platform 1 and allowing Cheltenham turnback services to terminate in Platform 2 with a crossing move from the eastern track. Services continuing on to Frankston will travel through Platform 3.

    While the current configuration allows for limited turn back of trains in Platform 1, it results in turnback services crossing the path of trains travelling into the city from Frankston. This affects the reliability of services in both directions and constricts the ability to raise the number of peak hour services in future. 

  • Will PROVISION be provided for future extra tracks. Even though it may be 20-30 years in the future, wouldn't it better to provide provision now instead of waiting hen paying far more

    Ben White asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Ben, 

    We are planning for the future. Under our design, the third track currently terminating at Cheltenham Station (at Platform 1) will be extended to reconnect with the main line south of Cheltenham Station, with turnback services terminating at Platform 2 and Melbourne to Frankston Trains stopping at Platform 3. 

    This proposed track and platform configuration allows the time required to operate the turnback services and does not result in Cheltenham turnback services crossing the path of trains travelling into the city from Frankston. This will allow for a greater volume and better reliability of services on this line. 

  • Is the Bendigo bank in Cheltenham going to be affected by the level crossing removal on Charman Rd? Thankyou

    Bianca asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Bianca,

    Thanks for your question. The Bendigo Bank will not be affected by acquisition for the Cheltenham Level Crossing Removal Project.

  • How long is construction of the trench at Cheltenham expected to take? The same amount of time as Bentleigh, Ormond and McKinnon?

    cgblack asked over 2 years ago

    Construction is expected to take 12-18 months for each individual site.

  • Is it possible that construction of the rail trench at Cheltenham and Mentone can commence before the end of 2018? The local residents and train commuters would like to have these level crossings removed as soon as possible, rather than waiting another 18 months.

    cgblack asked over 2 years ago

    There are a range of factors which determine the timing of each project. For example in Cheltenham, the acquisition of homes means we would not be able to start construction earlier than mid to late 2018. 

    Other factors such as other projects currently under construction have also influenced the decision, as we must ensure the contractors once on board, are able to coordinate disruptions across the network to mitigate impacts to commuters and road users where practical. 

  • The proposed multi-storey car park at the new Cheltenham Station will reduce traffic congestion and early morning noise from train commuters in local streets (e.g. Churchill Ave and Tulip Gve). When will the decision be made as to whether or not this car park will be going ahead?

    cgblack asked over 2 years ago

    Hi there,

    Based on community feedback, as well as the requirement to ensure there is no net loss of carparking, designs will be refined over the coming year and be finalised after a construction partner has come on board in 2018.

  • What is happening to the Heritage Listed station buildings at Cheltenham ? Can they be disassembled or transferred to one of the many tourist railways around Victoria ? As much as I love gigantic ditches through my home suburb of 60+ years, it seems a shame to vandalise Cheltenham's ambience in this manner.

    Pottsy55 asked over 2 years ago

    Hi there,

    We've heard from many members of the community that the Cheltenham Station building is important to them. The existing station buildings, which have a local heritage overlay, will need to be removed to make way for the new station. However, we will continue to talk to the community about how we can repurpose these historic buildings. We're keen to hear your thoughts and welcome you to fill out a submission form.

  • Can you advise on the truck haulage route planned for Cheltenham? How far does it go down Park RD?

    Matilda99 asked almost 3 years ago

    Hi Matilda,

    Thanks for your question. Our preliminary plans have haulage routes on Park Road down to Tulip Grove. These are not confirmed and we will be working closely with our construction partners when they are on board, to minimise the impact to residents. 

  • Hi LXRA. Now we are in 2017 I am interested in how long it will be before a recommended option is chosen for the level crossings on the Frankston line. I remember that in earlier phases of consultation you said that a recommended option would be chosen late 2016/early 2017. If possible I would like a month or even better a date of when the recommended option for these crossings would be released.

    Ben White asked almost 3 years ago

    Hi Ben, 

    Thanks for your enquiry. We'll be presenting the recommended options in the next couple of months.  Following our announcement, you will have the opportunity to provide your feedback before we go into the construction tender process. This feedback will be considered during the tender process to help refine the design.

  • I am interested in retaining pedestrian access across the railway line brletween Heather Grove and Sinclair Street Cheltenham. Can both design options of a sky rail or ditch incorporate a Continued pedestrian walkway both across the rail line at Heather Grove and along the rail corridor to park Road?

    BaysideBloke asked almost 3 years ago

    Hi Bayside Bloke, 

    Thanks for your question. 

    At this stage of planning we expect that with either the rail bridge or rail trench option, the pedestrian overpass between Sinclair Street and Heather Grove will be reconstructed and a pedestrian walkway will be constructed along the rail corridor to Park Road.

  • When will the community and stakeholder feedback summary reports be released to the public?

    cgblack asked about 3 years ago

    We are currently in the process of collating and analysing feedback received during community consultation and expect to report back on this over the coming months. 

    We will consider the feedback along with the results of our technical and environmental investigations to determine a recommended option for removing the level crossings in Cheltenham.

  • The Environment Effects Act 1978 provides for assessment of proposed projects that are capable of having a significant effect on the environment. This document titled “Ministerial guidelines for assessment of environmental effects under the Environment Effects Act 1978” clearly sets out what is required of the Government. Page 7 of the document reads “Individual types of potential effects on the environment that might be of regional or State significance, and therefore warrant referral of a project are: ….” potential extensive or major effects on the health, safety or well-being of a human community, due to emissions to air or water or chemical hazards or displacement of residences It’s clear to me that there should be an Environment Effects Statement conducted. Even if you put aside these “guidelines”, there’s many other reasons why. Example – Cheltenham Primary School Cheltenham Primary School is only metres away from Cheltenham train station. If a Sky Rail was built in Cheltenham, then it would be at least three stories high. So, what are some of the issues arising from a Sky Rail? 1.Pollution 2.Noise Pollution – Fine Particles and Cancer When diesel trains are then elevated to that height, what happens to all that pollution? The World Health Organisation (WHO) has classified diesel engine exhaust as being carcinogenic to humans. This study titled “Locomotive Emissions Project” was prepared for the NSW EPA. It discusses fine particles and very fine particles. Of particular note is “Diesel particulate matter (DPM) is considered to comprise a particularly significant health risk due to the particle size distribution and chemical composition of such particulates. DPM is dominated by fine and ultra-fine particles.” The International Agency for Research on Cancer has recently concluded that diesel engine exhaust is classifiable as being carcinogenic to humans (Group 1), based on sufficient evidence that exposure is associated with an increased risk for lung cancer(48). It was also noted to have a positive association (limited evidence) with increased risk of bladder cancer. NOx emissions from non-road diesel engines contribute to photochemical smog and notably ozone. Ozone exposures can induce serious respiratory tract responses including lung function reductions, aggravation of pre-existing respiratory disease (such as asthma), increases in daily hospital admissions, emergency department visits for respiratory causes, and excess mortality(49). Noise Whether its engine noise, wheel squeal, wagons shunting, rail horn noise, there will be an impact to the community. The study confirms that while you could implement barriers, they are not as effective as addressing the noise from the source. The most effective way of reducing noise from locomotive operation is by implementing at source mitigation strategies such as rail grinding or the introduction of composite brake block systems as currently proposed on European railways. Other mitigation strategies such as transmission path (e.g. barriers) or at receiver (e.g. dwelling architectural treatments) are also commonly used, however are often less preferred due to their effectiveness in comparison to at source mitigation strategies. I believe an EES must be done for the Sky Rail option for its entirety. There must be specific, detailed studies conducted and published in relation to the effects on: 1.Public places. 2.Schools such as Cheltenham Primary, Kilbreda College in Mentone and Mentone Grammar. 3.Sensitive sites such as the Cheltenham Pioneer Cemetery. 4.Apartment buildings that are in close proximity to the railway track, especially those with balconies. When will you provide a complete listing of ALL findings and not hide certain components away as you are already doing and even your CEO cannot answer straight questions. We the community have to live with this for our entire lives, not you.

    andyr70 asked about 3 years ago

    Thanks for your question and for raising your concerns with us, Andy.

    We're undertaking a range of planning and environmental assessments to determine the potential for impact on the environment associated with each level crossing removal. These assessments address the full range of potential impacts and environmental effects and help to determine whether referral of a project is required under the Environment Effects Act 1978.   

    Importantly, the work is also used by LXRA to inform the design of a level crossing removal project to ensure that the potential for impacts are avoided or, if not possible to avoid, minimised and managed to achieve acceptable environmental outcomes and ensure compliance with relevant legislation and policy. 

    We are undertaking technical and environmental investigations at Cheltenham that will look into noise, overshadowing and air quality. Investigations are still underway and results of these technical studies will be made publicly available in the coming months.

  • Hi LXRA, I have been looking for more information regarding the level crossing removals on the Frankston line. I stumbled across something. I would like to know if this is real and whether this is what is proposed at the level crossings. Here is the link to the document http://daviddavis.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/moorabbin-to-frankston-corridor.pdf

    Ben White asked about 3 years ago

    Hi there Ben, thanks for your question. 

    The document link you sent to us looks to contain student work and is a separate and interesting looking piece of work. It is not related to the Level Crossing Removal Authority work and does not show what is proposed for any of the sites along the Frankston line. All of the information currently available is on our website. 

    If you have signed up to receive updates, you will be notified when further concepts are available for comment. If you haven't yet registered for updates you can do so at http://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/subscribe. 

    We thank you for your interest in the project.

  • With the design option of raising the railway line over Park Road in Cheltenham. Has LXRA taken into account the large trucks that use the rail crossing? They will require a higher clearance than cars.

    Velojo56 asked about 3 years ago

    Hi there, thanks for your question.

    Yes, the design option for a rail bridge in Cheltenham will take into account the large trucks that use Park Road and will allow a clearance of 5.4 metres so they can pass through.

  • Will LXRA undertake consultation with City of Kingston re integration of the railway stations at Cheltenham and Mentone into the shopping precincts? The City of Kingston developed a structure plan in 2010, which shows the railway station at it's current situation. See: http://www.kingston.vic.gov.au/Outdoors/Shopping-Villages/Cheltenham-Urban-Shopping-Village/Cheltenham-Structure-Plan and: http://www.kingston.vic.gov.au/Outdoors/Shopping-Villages/Mentone-Urban-Shopping-Village

    Velojo56 asked about 3 years ago

    Hi there, thank you for your question. 

    We have constantly worked with the City of Kingston councillors and council officers over the past year, including presenting the design options under consideration to them in recent months. This consultation will continue throughout the life of the project.

  • The present third line at Cheltenham joins the Melbourne bound line before crossing Park Road. The roll plot diagram shows this will be changed so that it occurs on the other side of Park Road. Why is this necessary? If the present alignment is kept then you could avoid the need to acquire the private properties outlined in red on the Melbourne side of Park Road. There would seem no reason why the station platforms could not be extended under Charman Road and provide sufficient space to keep the alignment?

    atapley asked about 3 years ago

    Thanks for your question. 

    In meeting the requirements for the level crossing removal works at Cheltenham, and the reconfiguration at Cheltenham Station, both the rail trench and rail bridge options extend north beyond Park Road and south of Charman Road. Shifting the platforms further south would impact more properties to the south so the alignments we've identified that have a lesser impact on nearby properties.

  • The roll plot diagram shows that we will no longer be able to access the car park on the cemetery side of the Cheltenham station from Charman Road. Is this correct?

    atapley asked about 3 years ago

    Hi there Alan, 

    Yes, this is what our concept designs are showing at this stage. Further design work will be done around station design, including the station precinct. 

    Thanks for your question. 

  • Concerning the trench option for the Park Road crossing, why would you not realign the railway line slightly to the East and therefore use the existing railway car parking land to accommodate the third line? This realignment could or would reduce the need to compulsory acquire the number of residential properties on the West side of the existing railway alignment. I am not sure you have fully considered the turmoil to the lives of the people who's properties you plan to acquire.

    Edge asked about 3 years ago

    Hi there Edge, 

    As can be seen from the rail alignments, although they are of different lengths, both extend north beyond Park Road and south of Charman Road. Although there is a car park on the north east side of Park Road, the adjacent private properties would be affected and on the south east side of Charman Road there is a multi storey apartment building. Overall, the affected properties for an alignment to the east would be more than the current alignments. 

  • It is clearly evident on the long maps at the community information session that there would be far less property acquisitions on the eastern (i.e. Moola Court) side of the railway line, as most of the land is currently a PUBLIC CAR PARK with its entrance off Park Road. Can you please explain your reasoning behind the statement that the current proposed alignment would result in less acquisition of PRIVATE properties than the alternative alignment on the western (i.e. Churchill Avenue) side of the railway line?

    cgblack asked about 3 years ago

    Hi cgblack. 

    As can be seen from the rail alignments, although they are of different lengths, both extend north beyond Park Road and south of Charman Road. Although there is a car park on the north east side of Park Road, the adjacent private properties would be affected and on the south east side of Charman Road there is a multi storey apartment building. 

    Overall, the affected properties for an alignment to the east would be more than the current alignments. 

  • Hi LXRA, I posted this in the discussion forum, but after reading your recent post thought I should post it here.. just wondering if you can help me understand the difference in widths between both options as shown in your diagrams please? The raised bridge shows the width to be 23m. The rail under options is stated as being 30m. I understand that in rail under the trench walls will need concrete to reinforce them. Looking at the 2 measurements, that would suggest the concrete walls on the sides of the trench are going to be 3.5m thick each. I've looked at Bentleigh and they don't seem to be anywhere near that thickness. Am I interpreting the measurements incorrectly, and if so can you please let me know what the rest of the 7m difference in the width of the 2 options is for? Thanks.

    aevans asked about 3 years ago

    Hi there aevans, thank you for your question. 

    The width of the trench varies as it transitions from two tracks to three tracks through Cheltenham Station. The 30m width, as noted in the brochure, is through the station area which includes the platforms. In general the rail trench option is wider throughout the alignment due to the retaining walls and the combined services trench required next to the retaining wall for the rail utilities. These rail utilities are required for the operation of the trains and include services such as power cables and train signalling cables.The retaining wall design will be refined during detailed design however from other projects, piles forming the retaining wall could be up to 1.2m in diameter. 

  • Hi LXRA, Can you represent the community with Metro to advise whether the third rail will meqn the express train will not stop at Cheltenham after construction. Also have you asked the community if they want the third rail? My feedback is that the third rail is an expensive and unrequired option.

    mjackling asked about 3 years ago

    Thanks for your feedback and we've noted your concerns. 

    We've been working closely wth Public Transport Victoria on the long term needs for Melbourne's rail network. The third rail will allow for more frequent and reliable services on one of our city's busiest lines but we do acknowledge the local concerns. Thanks for sharing your feedback.

  • 1)Is there a reason why the community has not been asked if they want a third rail? This is adding significant more expense and causing property acquisitions. If unfortunately a skyrail is built will also lead to a very large over hang. 2) Can you contact metro on resident's behalf to find out if the daily expeess train will still stop at Cheltenham after building the 3rd rail.

    mjackling asked about 3 years ago

    Thank you for your question. 

    As part of long-term plans for the whole rail network, reconfigurations are required to enable more frequent services on the Frankston line. Activating the existing third track will help us maintain a greater level of service as our population increases. 

    At the new station, Platform One will become a through platform to allow turnback services at the station and a higher frequency service on the Frankston line. We're following up with Public Transport Victoria regarding your question about express services and will be back in touch soon.

    Thank you again for your questions.

  • I understand that the noise from a trench and skyrail option will be about the same. My concern is that a skyrail option raises the train ~ 10 meters in the air. The sound will surely travel further than the trench option as there are no buildings, trees or other obstructions to absorb or deflect the sound.

    Scott asked about 3 years ago

    Hi there Scott, thanks for your question.

    The good news is that with new rail infrastructure, we often see a decrease in noise but we're doing more detailed modelling to better understand the scenario under each option. Regardless of which option is chosen, we'll be complying with Victoria's rail noise policy which sets out limits for new rail infrastructure. Check out our technical investigations update in our document library to the right to learn more about the policy and various noise levels.

  • I cannot see the logic behind the suggestion that the Latrobe St, level crossing may be closed. Can you explain how this would improve service to either commuters or drivers?

    Margaret Goodwin asked about 3 years ago

    Hi Margaret, thanks for your question. 

    Our modelling shows that with the Charman and Park Road crossings removed, Latrobe Street could potentially be closed to traffic. It's about safety essentially as it's always better to remove that interface between trains and cars but we are seeking community feedback on this option before we make any decision.

  • I have noticed increased demand on parking at Cheltenham station over the past year. Of the 2 options for the level crossing removal, do both have plans to increase / maintain current number of car parking spaces? Thanks

    Eamathias asked about 3 years ago

    Hi there Eamathias, thanks for your question. 

    We will ensure that no matter which option is selected there will be no net loss of parking for the station. For the rail trench we will require a multi-level car park of up to four storeys and for the rail bridge we will be able to reinstate parking under the structure.

  • Hi, I notice you list one of the benefits of the skyrail option of being able to plant trees alongside it. We already have plenty of beautiful trees and parkland alongside the railway, and if you plant trees right next to a skyrail wouldn't it create an ongoing maintenance issue (of having to keep cutting them back from the skyrail)? There is plenty of opportunity for a bit of landscaping within the reinstated car parks with the trench option which is all that's needed.

    matthew asked about 3 years ago

    Hi Matthew,

    Thanks for your question. Tree planting is less of an issue with an elevated option as there is no risk that the branches will fall onto the tracks. The trenched option would therefore restrict the number of trees which could be returned to the area as for every 1m in height of a tree it needs to be set back 1m from the rail line. We will be discussing landscaping and other design detail with communities when we have a Recommended Option later this year or in early 2017.

  • If it is decided the preferred option is a trench has any consideration been given to building a deck over the trench between Charman Road and Park Road (similar to the deck built over the trench at Ormond Station). This would avoid the problem of a trench separating communities on either side of the railway line, the trench would not need barriers and fencing, it would enable easier access from one side to the railway line to the other side for both pedestrains and cyclists and it could possible provide additional parking space thus eliminating the need to build a multi story car park.

    ct asked about 3 years ago

    Hi there ct, 

    Great ideas, thanks for posting. There are currently two remaining options under active consideration a rail bridge or a trench. At this stage the trench would be left uncovered, with no plans to deck the trench, but we will pass your comments onto the project team for consideration.

  • Hi LXRA, I understood from the community consultation meeting on Friday that an historical assessment is to be undertaken at Cheltenham regarding the value of the Frankston-bound station building at Cheltenham station that has an historical overlay. I would like to alert you to some of the features of this building that make it of vital importance that this station building is re-used in the design of the new station as an entrance (as is being done at Carnegie and Murrumbeea stations, which also have an historical overlay). This station building was built in 1882 and was one of only 5 to be constructed in the Cheltenham-style (the name being derived from our station as it is the most complete and intact example of the style). It is also the only remaining example with all original features remaining. Two have subsequently been demolished in the 1980s (Glenhuntly and Frankston) and two others have now been so extensively renovated that many of their original features have been destroyed (Highett and Mordialloc). I therefore wish to know how I can participate in the historical assessment phase and whether the historical assessment report will be made publically available?

    kat_w asked about 3 years ago

    Hi kat, 

    Thanks for your interesting comments about the history of Cheltenham station.

    We have engaged independent experts to conduct a heritage assessment of the Mentone and Cheltenham station precincts, and to look at the impact of our design options on both stations. This is still a work in progress and we do intend to make our technical reports publicly available. 

    We encourage you to complete a feedback form either on line or in hard copy to give us your comments in a more formal context. The online survey is here - https://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/cheltenham - or call us on 1800 762 667 with your address and we can post a hard copy form to you.

  • I am not sure how to give feedback on the Latrobe St Closure plan - will there be an opportunity to comment on this later or have I missed the appropriate forum? Ann

    Ann Williams asked about 3 years ago

    Hi Ann,

    There are a couple of ways to give us formal feedback. Click on the survey link on our engagement hub - https://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/cheltenham - or we can send you a hard copy of the feedback form (don't provide your address here though, call us on 1800 762 667). 

    At this stage, closing Latrobe Street is just a suggestion as our modelling shows that there is not much traffic along the street. We're keen to hear what the community thinks.

  • One of the major objections to the rail bridge option for the removal of the Cheltenham level crossings is visual impact. I have reviewed the material on your website and have not been able to find any artist's impressions of the local area after construction and restoration has been completed. I believe it is essential that you publish these, including one that shows the rail bridge super-imposed over an actual photo of the Charman Road crossing approaching from a southerly direction. If these have been prepared could you please provide me with a copy or a link to where they may be accessed?

    atapley asked about 3 years ago

    Hi there, thanks for your question and we're sorry for the late reply. 

    At this stage of the project, we are using indicative imagery to assess each option. More detailed design, along with artist’s impressions will become available in a later stage of the project and we appreciate your patience while we continue our technical investigations. There will be more opportunities to get involved later in the project also when we have more detailed information.

  • Why isn't the Latrobe Street level crossing included in the plan? It is not much further and surely would not add too much to the cost?

    annie crane asked about 3 years ago

    Hi Annie, 

    We had a lot of community feedback during our consultation between February and June 2016 about removing the Latrobe Street level crossings as part of the project. Traffic modelling shows that Latrobe Street is a quiet level crossing and could be closed to traffic. 

    We are seeking community feedback on this option before we make any decision. Because it is not one of the level crossings that we will definitely remove it is not shown on our drawings and plans at this stage.

  • The trench option at Charman Rd is listed as being 30m wide. Is this for the whole length of the trench, and if not exaclty which part of it will be 30m wide and how wide will the rest of it be? Why is the trench option at Balcome Rd only 12m wide by comparison. Thanks

    aevans asked about 3 years ago

    Hi there - our works at Cheltenham station include connecting the existing third train line, which currently stops at a buffer, to the the main line. 

    Because of the third rail line, the trench will need to be 30m wide through the station. This is why it is wider at Cheltenham than at Mentone.

  • Have any independent studies been done on noise impact to the surrounding areas re raised bridge line vs lowered trench line? Thanks

    aevans asked about 3 years ago

    Hi there,

    Noise assessments will be carried out as part of the technical investigations to consider both options. These assessments have started with measurements of existing noise levels being taken. This information will be fed into a model to assess any change in noise levels from either option.

    The option chosen will comply with the Victorian Passenger Rail Infrastructure Noise Policy (PRINP). A rail bridge solution does not necessarily mean that the train line is noisier than current conditions. 

    For more information have a look a the Noise fact sheet on this site: https://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/cheltenham/documents

  • I live very close to Cheltenham Station, and with the 3rd track at Cheltenham station there is a loud wheel crashing noise when the trains cross the 2nd and 3rd track interface points. Is there anything that can possibly be done to reduce this noise for the local residents as part of the level crossing removal?

    matthew asked about 3 years ago

    Hi Matthew, thanks for your question. 

    All new rail infrastructure built as part of the level crossing removals will be constructed to current standards. Typically these standards are more stringent than the standards used when the tracks were originally constructed, so typically we expect this to result in a slight reduction in noise. 

    Additionally, noise assessments are being carried out as part of our technical investigations to consider both options. These assessments have started with measurements of existing noise levels. This information will be fed into a model to assess any chage in noise levels from either opion. The option chosen will comply with the Victorian Passenger Rail Infrastructure Noise Policy. 

    For more information have a look a the Noise fact sheet on this site: https://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/cheltenham/documents

  • Are there plans to include a pedestrian crossing to get across Park Road to the station entrance? At present, we try to cross Park Road when there is a train arriving/leaving the station, as the traffic is stopped. Alternatively, could the footpath be extended along the Cheltenham Park side of the road, down to the traffic island that now exists at Tulip Grove street intersection? Whether the trains go under or over Park Road is not too much of a concern for me, but I think crossing Park Road at the station could be made more safe, especially as there would likely be more traffic after these changes are in place.

    AmandaW asked over 3 years ago

    Hi Amanda, 

    Thanks for your question, and sorry it's taken so long to reply. 

    Both of the options proposed include pedestrian access across Park Road which will be unaffected by arriving or departing trains as the road will be separated from the train line. This will increase safety. 

    We will consider design details such as traffic signals when we have a recommended design option. 

  • I live in Gilford Grove. I use the bike/walking path that runs along the railway tracks between Park Rd and Heather Grove almost daily. I also use the crossing at Heather Grove regularly. What is the future of this track with either plan being considered?

    Diana asked about 3 years ago

    Hi Diana, 

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

    A benefit of the level crossing removal at Park Road, Cheltenham is the opportunity for new pedestrian and bicycle connections. Of the options currently under active consideration, Option 2, which proposes to bridge the rail line over the road will free up open space providing opportunities for new cycling and walking paths along the length of the structure. 

    At this stage we are seeking community feedback on the two options under active consideration and further details of the designs and the impacts on access will become available throughout the project. We will certainly be talking further with communities when we have a recommended option to discuss details such as cycling and walking path, station design and landscaping.

  • Hello, I'd like to give more feedback on the proposed options for crossing removal at Cheltenham but need more detailed plans. I live right next to the crossing and both options (23m wide and 30m wide) give the impression that the apartment block would get in the way! Please let me know if/how I can get hold of a more detailed design to see if any or both options would see the apartment block removed. Cheers.

    benloxham asked over 3 years ago

    Hi Ben, 

    Thanks for your question, and we're sorry for the late reply. 

    At this stage the designs presented are indicative, as we are seeking feedback on the two proposed options. Further details of the designs will be developed in the next stage of the project, after more technical investigations have been completed. 

    There will be opportunities to be involved in this stage also. The apartment block will not be compulsorily acquired as part of our project and we have contacted residents and owners to offer to meet with them to discuss our project further. 

    Have a look at the Preliminary Assessment Options document here: http://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/68515/Charman-Rd-preliminary-assessment-options.pdf

  • Can you please confirm if 'the Fore' apartment building is under consideration to be removed

    k asked over 3 years ago

    Hi there, 

    Thanks for your question, and sincere apologies for the late response.

    At this stage the designs presented are indicative, as we are seeking feedback on the two proposed options. Further details of the designs will be developed in the next stage of the project, after more technical investigations have been completed. 

    There will be opportunities to be involved in this stage also. The apartment block will not be compulsorily acquired as part of our project and we have contacted residents and owners to offer to meet with them to discuss our project further.

  • Can you please add an online pole to this web site so that respondents can vote for the option they prefer (eg trench rail versus elevated rail). Please also make the poling results publicly visible.

    nickhodgman asked over 3 years ago

    Hi Nick,

    Thanks for your question. 

    The purpose of this consultation process isn’t to reach a consensus on a design option. Your feedback, along with environmental and technical considerations will inform the final decision made. These reports will be all be made publicly available. 

    We appreciate your feedback online and at our community information sessions, so please get involved and let us know what you think of each of the proposed options.

  • Where can you gain access to the station? CHARMAN and Park road? Also will there be room for a third rail?

    mjackling asked about 3 years ago

    Hi there,

    The details of the station design is yet to be carried out. However, in both options the station position is roughly in the same location and it is expected access would be similar to existing conditions. 

    There is already a third track at Cheltenham and as part of our works, we will be connecting it to the main rail lines.

  • Will the 3rd platform be retained in the new station, will it be reduced to 2 platforms, or will a 4th platform be considered, in both design options. While the current third platform may not have much use now, it may be needed in the future

    Ben White asked about 3 years ago

    Hi Ben,

    The station arrangement will remain as three platforms. However, in addition, the existing train turn track, which currently stops at Platform 1, will be connected through to the main line. A 4th platform is not required at Cheltenham. 

  • Has the funding for this project already been approved and sourced? I've heard it's not yet in the budget & will require other asset sales to fund it

    meeegs0803 asked about 3 years ago

    Hi there,

    Thanks for your question. Yes, funding has been confirmed for removing these level crossings. By the end of 2018, at least 37 dangerous and congested level crossings will removed or underway.

  • If my property was to be acquired for a rail under option at Charmen rd . How is the value worked out. Mine is in Blagdon st Chelt

    ALANTONKS asked about 3 years ago

    Hi Alan,

    Thanks for your question. 

    We believe we have contacted everyone whose property might be required for acquisition but we encourage you to call 1800 762 667 so we can discuss your specific circumstances, for which we will need an address. 

  • The Preliminary Options Assessment Report refers to a "Technical Investigations and Existing Conditions Report for Charman Road and Park Road, Cheltenham" but I have not been able to find this report on your website. Could you please provide me with a copy or a link to the report?

    atapley asked about 3 years ago

    Hi there,

    The Technical Investigations Update is available in the Document library on the Cheltenham page on the Hub (right hand side of the page - your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/Cheltenham) 

  • What are the plans on the amount of platforms after the level crossing removal at Cheltenham. Will it stay at 3 platforms, or will it be reduced to 2. Also will there be provision for a 4th platform?

    Ben White asked about 3 years ago

    Hi Ben,

    The station arrangement will remain as three platforms. However, in addition, the existing train turn track, which currently stops at Platform 1, will be connected through to the main line. A 4th platform is not required at Cheltenham

  • How many residents who will be directly impacted by the Park Road level crossing removal were surveyed prior to the decision being made? Why doesn't the LXRA run an online poll for residents to vote for their preferred option (bridge or trench) and make the results publicly available? The current consultation process is not transparent and is perceived as biased towards the lower cost option (i.e. bridge over road).

    cgblack asked about 3 years ago

    Hi there, thanks for your question. 

    In terms of Park Road, given it's so close to Charman Road, it really would be efficient to remove them both at the same time - we also had a lot of feedback about this in our last round of consultation. 

    The purpose of this current consultation period is to seek feedback on both options (bridge and trench), rather than reach a consensus on which is preferred. The community feedback we receive in this consultation period is an important input into the process. We'll also be considering the results of our environmental assessments and technical investigations to inform how we remove the level crossing. 

    Stay tuned for updates later in the year as we progress our investigations further.

  • I asked this question over a week ago, but I have not yet had the courtesy of any kind of response. Could you please provide an online poll allowing community members to vote for their preferred option for Cheltenham.

    nickhodgman asked about 3 years ago

    Hi there, thanks for your question and we apologise for the delay in responding. 

    The purpose of the consultation period is to seek feedback on both options, rather than reach a consensus on which is preferred. The community feedback we receive in this consultation period is an important input into the process. This feedback, along with environmental and technical investigations, will inform how we remove the level crossing. 

    Stay tuned for updates later in the year as we progress our investigations further.

  • When are the removal of Highett Road and Wickham Road level crossings planned? The stations south of Highett and north of Highett will have level crossings removed but Highett will still have 2 level crossings which are causing traffic congestion and accidents.

    Bernie asked about 3 years ago

    Hi Bernie, thank you for your comments. There are 170 level crossings across Melbourne and over the next eight years, we will focus on the removal of 50 priority crossings. Unfortunately Highett Road and Wickham Road are not included in this list but thanks for letting us know which crossings are of most concern to you.