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Works are underway to remove 18 level crossings and upgrade important rail infrastructure on the Frankston line, allowing more trains to run more often.
As part of these works, we're building the new Kananook Train Storage Facility that will provide storage for the six trains currently stored at Carrum.
Train storage facilities provide the essential daily services needed to keep Melbourne's train fleet running reliably. The new storage facility will include a new signal control centre that will allow train movements to be managed from a central location, minimising disruptions for Frankston line commuters.
The site selected in Seaford is large enough to provide storage for more than three times as many trains in the future, allowing for more trains as demand for services grows.
We're also upgrading 30 kilometres of overhead wiring, replacing 60 per cent of old signalling equipment with a modern computer-based system and building three new substations to improve the performance and reliability of Frankston line services.
Train storage facility in Mernda
What's happeningTo enable major works to get underway for the level crossing removals in Carrum, while we also build the new Kananook Train Storage Facility in Seaford, we’re firstly building a temporary train storage track near Kananook Station.
Widening bridge structuresTo create space for the temporary train storage facility, some modifications will be made to the existing structures within the site. These include relocating piers that support the Quinn Street pedestrian bridge and widening the bridge structure at Klauer Street.
There’ll be temporary short-term closures of the Quinn Street pedestrian bridge. Drainage and existing overhead wiring will be upgraded and modified, including installation of 1.5 kilometres of overhead wiring.
Preparing the siteWe'll be removing 1500 cubic metres of soil to prepare the area for the installation of the temporary track. During works, we'll ensure dust is minimised as much as possible.
Temporary train storage trackOnce enough of the area is prepared, rail crews will move in to build the temporary storage track. They’ll install new rail, ballast, sleepers, and overhead structures and wiring.
Temporary buildingsWe’re installing temporary train driver and cleaner facilities, to minimise disruptions to Frankston line services while works are underway. The train driver facility will be located in the Kananook Station car park and will occupy 18 car spaces.
The cleaner facilities will be located within the rail corridor at the end of Bayside Grove, for staff who clean the trains stored at night. This facility will require 24/7 access for cleaners, rubbish collection and security.
Substation and driver facilitiesA new substation will be installed within the rail corridor adjacent to Bardia Avenue. This substation supports the temporary and permanent train storage facility and will provide a more reliable and stronger power source to improve train performance and reliability.
A permanent driver facility room will be built on the Kananook Station platform. The room is where drivers get ready, helping services run on time. Construction of the permanent train storage facility will commence in late 2019.
How train storage facilities operateTrain storage facilities are where trains are parked when not in service. While trains are in the facility they are cleaned and prepared for the next day’s service. At the Kananook Train Storage Facility, we're building seven tracks to store six trains and one track for rail maintenance vehicles.
We're also building a signal control centre, substation, equipment room and staff facilities and parking. The site is large enough to allow for more train storage or a train maintenance facility in the future as network demand increases. The train storage facility will be fully operational late 2020.
Train buffer stop
What to expectTrain horns
Sounding on entry and exit of the facility, and during train preparation. This is a rail network safety requirement
From staff movement, daily maintenance and cleaning, and train preparation activities such as safety checks.
Lighting within the facility will be directed inwards, away from surrounding areas to minimise light spill.
The facility can be in use any time of the day or night. Trains will be prepared for the first service, cleaned after the last service and maintenance carried out at any time.
This article first appeared on levelcrossings.vic.gov.au
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