Easter line closures on the level

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BUSES will replace trains on a section of the Frankston line from Friday 25 March until Monday 4 April as part of the Labor state government’s commitment to remove eleven level crossings along the line.

Premier Daniel Andrews says an “Easter blitz” to remove three level crossings – at Ormond, McKinnon and Bentleigh – means the works at those three sites will be completed ahead of the original schedule of mid-2017.

Buses will shuttle passengers between Mordialloc and Caulfield stations.

Ormond and McKinnon Stations will also be closed for up to five months so they can be demolished and completely rebuilt but trains will be able to run along the Frankston line during these works.

“More than 500 staff will work round the clock this Easter, so these dangerous crossings are gone and these new stations are built months ahead of schedule – we’re getting on with it,” Mr Andrews said.

Roads Minister Luke Donnellan thanked passengers for their patience “while we get rid of these congested death-traps”.

“There will be disruption, but it’s nothing compared to the congestion, delay and distress these crossings cause every day.”

See Public Transport Victoria’s site at ptv.vic.gov.au to plan train journeys on any given day.

First published in the Mornington News – 8 March 2016

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