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25 March 2019
Major works are due to commence in Mentone and Cheltenham as part of the level crossing removal project.
Initial works at Balcombe Road level crossing have already begun with key construction set to take place in mid-2019.
Boasting beautiful new gardens including five existing heritage listed trees, Mentone station is due to be restored to its former glory while the works to the station are underway.
The new station will sit at 150m south making the platforms closer to ground level and the rail trench shorter.
Cheltenham will see the level crossing at Charman and Park Roads removed by lowering the train line into a trench.
Major updates include connecting the now dead-end rail line to allow for more trains to run on the Frankston line once the Metro tunnel is open as well as a plaza connecting Cheltenham Park with the shopping area.
The concept behind the rail overhaul is to enhance the feeling of safety and connection within communities by integrating over three kilometres of walking and cycling paths as well as improved lighting and accessibility. Residents can expect to enjoy the new rail lines and facilities by late 2020.