The second big (longer than a weekend) shutdown for this project has commenced, so where are we at?
The project summary
Click here for my long post on the project details, or here’s a summary:
- Originally just removal of the Ormond level crossing was funded by the Coalition. The project was expanded to include adjacent stations Mckinnon and Bentleigh after Labor came to power in November 2014 with a pledge to start removal 20 crossings by 2018.
- Project works commenced in 2015, and an accelerated schedule will see it wrapping up by the end of 2016.
- Each will be rail under road, with all three stations rebuilt.
- All stations will sit under the roads. Ormond will get entrances on both sides of North Road. Mckinnon and Bentleigh stations will only have entrances on the northern side. All three to have pedestrian crossings right outside. In most cases bus stops will be moved to be outside the stations.
- Unfortunately no additional pedestrian crossing points or access or is currently planned.
- Bentleigh (Premium) will have fare gates. Ormond will have provision for future Premium status, including provision for gates.
The second big shutdown
This shutdown kicked off on Thursday night (24/3/2016), and will run through until Sunday (3/4/2016) — see more detail at the bottom of the post on this.
Ormond and Mckinnon station have now closed until they are rebuilt under the roads, so buses will continue running for those passengers, though many may find it quicker to walk to Bentleigh or Glenhuntly.
Here’s a bunch of pictures… (Click through to see them at a larger size on Flickr)
Some video of works on Saturday at lunchtime, with bonus giant Easter bunny!
More trees are being removed along the rail corridor. Mostly it’s only a few palm trees that are left. The other palm trees have been moved into storage until the project is complete, but most of the other trees won’t be back.
Pedestrian access is available across the tracks. The diversion route lets you see things you don’t normally get a good look at, for instance the appalling state of some of the wooden sleepers. Thankfully this particular section will be removed as part of the grade separation.
Looking south towards Bentleigh from Mckinnon, you can see all the equipment stored for works, and they’ve started building the safety fence to separate the workers from the trains when they return next week.
As you go up towards Ormond, part of Cadby Avenue has been closed off during construction, and in fact it’ll be made permanently one way at the northern end to accommodate the extra station entrance. Again, most of the trackside trees have been removed, and it appears won’t be coming back. (Hopefully at least new ones will be planted.)
Where to from here?
Some of the information is quite confusing, so here’s a timeline of where things go from here.
(I’ve rounded to the nearest day. For instance if a closure starts late on Friday night, I’ve listed it as starting Saturday.)
|Fri 25/3/2016||Easter shutdown begins. Ormond and Mckinnon stations now closed until rebuilding is complete. Trains replaced by buses from Mordialloc to Caulfield, and also Frankston to Stony Point (because the Sprinter trains can’t get to the city for maintenance and refueling).
Centre and Mckinnon Roads are closed to traffic, causing diversions for buses 701, 703, 626 and nightbus 979.
|Tue 29/3/2016||From this day the bustitution section shortens to Moorabbin to Caulfield for the (short) working week.|
|Mon 4/4/2016||Trains are back, using the remaining tracks 2 and 3, but not stopping at Ormond and Mckinnon. Timetables won’t be adjusted — the trains may not be able to zoom through fast anyway given the presence of workers.
Buses still operate from Moorabbin to Caulfield (but presumably less frequently) for Ormond and Mckinnon users. Centre and Mckinnon Roads still closed to traffic
|Tue 5/4/2016||Centre and Mckinnon Roads reopen to traffic.|
|Tue 4/6/2016||Bentleigh station closes.|
|Sat 25/6/2016||The big shut commences for five weeks (the first two overlapping with school holidays). No trains between Moorabbin and Caulfield.
This is when they rip up all the track and dig out the trenches. They’ll take much of the dirt up (along the rail alignment) to the E.E.Gunn Reserve in Glenhuntly, where part of the park will be used to pile it up, then ship it away by truck.
No road closures, but lots of truck movements.
|Early August||Mckinnon station re-opens, trains resume running.|
|Late August||Ormond and Bentleigh stations re-open.|
|Late-2016||Finishing touches; project completion.|
- See also: What if Bentleigh had got Skyrail?
Update: Video from Tuesday night. Bridge construction is well under way.