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August 30, 2016

Melbourne’s Ormond and Bentleigh stations open

Ormond and Bentleigh train stations have opened ahead of schedule in Melbourne, Australia, after extensive works to remove three level crossings.

By Srivani Venna

Ormond and Bentleigh train stations have opened ahead of schedule in Melbourne, Australia, after extensive works to remove three level crossings.

Works for the new stations involved removing the crossings and lowering the line to enable trains run safely across roads.

Frankston line trains will now be able to stop at Ormond and Bentleigh stations, with express services set to resume on 5 September.

Victoria Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said: “This is the first time in Victoria's history that three level crossings have been removed at the same time, an incredible effort by everyone, who worked around the clock to make our roads safer and less congested.” 

“In less than 18 months, we've removed four level crossings in Melbourne's south-east, and started work on getting rid of another 15.”

"This is the first time in Victoria’s history that three level crossings have been removed at the same time."

The stations will offer seating, shelters, electronic signs, and cash machines.

Final works are set to take place at all three stations to install lifts, rebuild station car parks, and complete landscaping.

Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos said: “Three new stations built and three dangerous level crossings gone. The new Ormond and Bentleigh stations will make it easier for passengers to catch the train and get where they need to safer and sooner.

“We know disruptions have made it hard for our community recently, so a celebration later this year is a small way for us to say thank you to everyone for their goodwill and patience.”


Image: Ormond and Bentleigh stations open after works to remove three level crossings. Photo: courtesy of Premier of Victoria.

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