Grade Separation Works
July 13, 2018
GRADE SEPARATION WORKS
The Member for Sandringham, Murray Thompson, expressed concerns regarding the delay in proposed grade separation works at Park and Charman Roads, Cheltenham and Balcombe Road, Mentone.
On the 1st of May 2018 Mr. Thompson raised the following question:-
“With reference to the proposals to grade separate level crossings on the Frankston line and in particular the rail under road solution announced for Park and Charman Roads, Cheltenham and Balcombe Road Mentone can the Minister guarantee the commencement of works prior to the 2018 State election?”
The answer by the Minister for Public Transport included the following reply:-
“In December 2017, the Government awarded a program of works contract to a consortium of Lendlease, Acciona Coleman Rail, WSP and MTM for works along the Frankston rail corridor. The first package of works under the contract is the removal of four level crossings at Mascot Avenue in Bonbeach, Station Street and Eel Race Road in Carrum, and Seaford Road in Seaford.
The consortium is currently preparing a proposal for the second package of works, which includes the removal of the level crossings at Park Road, Charman Road and Balcombe Road with works expected to start by late 2018.”
Mr. Thompson questioned the ability of the Government to deliver projects on time and on budget.
Greater certainty in the timing of the works is critical for business proprietors in Cheltenham and Mentone whose livelihoods are at stake.
According to an Ormond local business proprietor affected by Frankston line works 60% to 70% of traders suffered a loss of at least a 50% drop in revenue during the period of grade separation works. Customer traffic ground to a halt. Loss of income is due to road closure, no parking facilities and no passing trade from train commuters.
Mr. Thompson said the Government must do better to engage with local stakeholders to avert massive hardship being inflicted upon small business proprietors.
Media Contact: Murray Thompson (03) 9598 2688