The Victorian Government will begin the tender process for three level crossing removals on the Frankston Line by the end of 2017.
State transport minister Jacinta Allan on February 20 announced the rail line will be lowered under Charman Road and Park Road in Cheltenham, and Balcombe Road in Mentone, under the contract.
The successful bidder will also be tasked with the complete rebuild of Cheltenham and Mentone Stations, with platform levels below the ground.
Allan said the decision to lower the rail line was the result of expert technical investigations, and extensive community consultation.
Lowering the rail line will require the acquisition of 32 properties – 25 houses and 7 businesses – however.
The minister said a dedicated team within the Level Crossing Removal Authority would work closely with all affected owners and tenants throughout the acquisition process.
“These dangerous level crossings clog streets and put lives at risk,” Allan said.
“The expanded project will also remove the Park Street crossing where the boom gates are down for more than a third of the morning peak – causing disruption, frustration and delays for thousands of motorists every day.”