Rail trenches for Cheltenham and Mentone, hundreds of new units in the development pipeline to benefit

Rail trenches for Cheltenham and Mentone, hundreds of new units in the development pipeline to benefit
Rail trenches for Cheltenham and Mentone, hundreds of new units in the development pipeline to benefit

The Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, this morning announced the preferred design option for removing level crossings in Cheltenham and Mentone would include sinking the rail lines under existing road grades and rebuilding both stations in respective trenches.

The level crossings on Frankston line to go are Park Road and Charman Road in Cheltenham and Balcombe Road in Mentone.

According to the Minister, "lowering the rail line at Cheltenham will require the acquisition of 32 properties - 25 hours and 7 businesses.  There are no acquisitions required at Mentone".

Initially, only Charman Road was included in the scope of the level crossing removal project in Cheltenham, however Park Road - which along with the railway line and Charman Road form a distinct triangle in Cheltenham's activities district - was added during the community consultation period.

Rail trenches for Cheltenham and Mentone, hundreds of new units in the development pipeline to benefit
LXRA diagram from community consultation phase in Cheltenham

The image above was used during the early consultation phase for the entire Frankston line suite of level crossing removals.  The quite substantial property acquisitions for this station precinct appear to be related to Cheltenham station needing extra space below ground to fit three platforms and three tracks (and respective connections).

At present, Cheltenham's third platform is only connected to the main running tracks for the Frankston line on the 'up' (City) side of the station - in a video released by the Level Crossing Removal Authority, the three platforms and tracks appear to be connected at both ends.

"The project will also re-instate the third track at Cheltenham Station and extend it to connect with the mainline, creating space for more trains, more often on [the] Frankston Line".

Cheltenham received a mention in the Melbourne Metro Tunnel's business case as one of the mid-points on key rail lines that were likely to receive extra rail infrastructure to support shorter train runs - Essendon on the Craigieburn line and Gowrie on the Upfield line were the other two explicit mentions.  (Click the image below to see a larger version - Cheltenham, Essendon and Gowrie are listed under the 'Wider Network Enhancements - Other Corridor Works' section).

Rail trenches for Cheltenham and Mentone, hundreds of new units in the development pipeline to benefit
The 'plan on a page' from the Melbourne Metro Tunnel business case - the link between multiple current rail transport projects underway in Melbourne

And judging by the development pipeline in Cheltenham, coupled with the new station nearing completion at Southland, this area is going to need a new tier of service.

Upwards of 650 units are currently in the pipeline in Cheltenham alone - 200 of which are under construction.

The project listed below are all within a 500m radius of the existing station entry.

This article has been amended to include new Cheltenham Station details.

Alastair Taylor

Alastair Taylor

Alastair Taylor is a co-founder of Urban.com.au. Now a freelance writer, Alastair focuses on the intersection of public transport, public policy and related impacts on medium and high-density development.

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johnproctor
^ and thats just considering it from an economic/infrastructure perspective (for which I would consider myself an SME) - the things the Liberals are supposed to be good at!!
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johnproctor
^ while I disagree with you on the merits of the current government Chris (and am diametrically opposed to your position on getting the Liberals back in power and giving Matthew Guy and Michael O'Brien the keys to the wheel) I really am starting to think Andrews might lose. I personally think this would be a disaster for the state and think it would be grossly unfair. But in actually doings things (the first premier in this state to 'do stuff' since Kennett) Andrews has pissed people off. Andrews already only holds power on a knife edge so it won't take much to swing the vote against him. So far he has anti-skyrail people, 'CFA' people, law and order people and 'no youth prison' in Werribee people against him. probably a few people who voted for him but didn't expect him to cancel East West Link as well. people in the La Trobe valley who'll vote against him for Hazelwood closing etc. So thats why I wouldn't be surprised if he loses. On the flip side here's why sensible people shouldn't mark him down on those issues. 1. the CFA issue is basically a mess of Liberals making for not doing anything to resolve firefighters pay dispute in their 4 years in power. Its also common sense to give more responsibility to the professional (CFA) firefighters at stations where they exist. This 'responsibility' is being demonised as giving power to a union. 2. SkyRail is a good outcome for a modern railway in an area that had been passed over as too hard by successive governments for 20 years. It will see more level crossings removed in 1 project than had been done in the past 10 years. Unfortunately the whole world is now NIMBY and that may play against Andrews. 3. Youth Justice. Again a report into youth justice failings was handed down about 1 month before Bailleu took office. What did the Liberals do about it? Nothing. They left a steaming turd in labors lap and are now getting political credit for it. The Werribee situation - Liberals were calling for it to be fixed - where would they build it??? 4. despite what most right wingers think The Age is not a lefty paper. They have a consistent anti Labor/Andrews agenda in Victoria which stems back to the 'tape gate' issue where some labor supporter stole an age reporters recording device and leaked a Liberal conversation. So Labor in this state has to put up with the Herald Sun basically being a liberal party mouthpiece and The Age being very anti-Labor. Liberals get a free ride from Hun and some scrutiny from Labor. I can't think of anything worse than the Liberals getting back in and doing what they did last itme. Fucking around, 'reviewing' everything, making populist promises they don't intend to keep, and spending bad money after bad on those things (eg. EWL 0.8 BCR, add South Yarra STation to Metro Tunnel 0.2 BCR, rail under road at all times for no good reason etc).
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pdoff
Amen. Andrews is the best thing to happen to this city in a long time but unfortunately our political / media establishment doesn't reward the proactive. Too many actions.. just like too many words.. provide too tempting an opportunity for criticism and click-bait.
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George D
Not only are these going ahead, but they're ahead of schedule and under budget. Apart from the SkyRail mob, who deserve to have their level crossings kept there indefinitely as a monument to stupidity, most Melbournians are tremendously grateful for this ambitious project.
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Come on Chris Lucas, do it.. call it "Fake News".. I know you want to! Every post reads like a Trump tweet.. don't hold back on us here! Seriously, though. What's the point? If you want to join the discussion then that's great.. all political perspectives are welcome as far as I'm concerned.. but you're just trolling. Badly. And it's a waste of your time and everyone elses. I wouldn't have said anything, but sadly this site doesn't have a mute button so I'm going out on a limb and hoping there might be a reasonably intelligent person there who'll realize that there are better places for his particular approach to internet discussion.
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