I travel fairly regularly on the Frankston line and have been watching the amount of construction from various projects (most of which are ongoing). However, I have noticed that there has been increased activity at the Southland station site of late.
I've seen that new overhead stanchions have mostly been installed, with more likely to be put in place during this current shutdown. Signal cabling has been relocated, and more recently concrete sleepers have been installed and I saw that new track is ready to be put in place. Even more recently, various machines have been parked near the access gates at the Southland carpark, vegetation is being removed and access tracks constructed. Pipes for underground services seem to have been installed beneath the line and are appearing up out of the ground on the carpark side.
My guess is that early works are accelerating and although no official announcement has been made, construction seems to have commenced - after so many years. Can anyone confirm?