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Three more level crossings to the Edithvale-Bonbeach project in Melbourneâ€™s southeast, to reduce overall disruptions on the Frankston line.
Crossings at Swanpool Avenue, Chelsea Road and Argyle Avenue in Chelsea, 30 km southeast of Melbourneâ€™s CBD, will now be removed at the same time as four other crossings, with completion targeted for 2022.
The Frankston line will be lowered into a trench under Edithvale Road in Edithvale, Thames Promenade and Argyle Avenue in Chelsea, and Bondi Road in Bonbeach allowing for easier flow of traffic as well as allowing for the total closure of existing crossings at Swanpool Avenue and Chelsea Road in Chelsea, and at Lochiel Avenue in Edithvale.
Construction is expected to begin midway through 2020, with a target set for early 2020.
State transport minister Jacinta Allan said the work was part of a $3 billion investment in the Frankston line, which includes removal of 18 level crossings and building 12 new stations.
â€œBringing these works forward will mean fewer disruptions for residents, traders, and visitors to Chelsea â€“ plus getting rid of the dangerous dogleg at Chelsea Road will improve congestion and get traffic off local roads,â€ Allan said.