Southland Station construction

 
  jdekorte Assistant Commissioner

Location: Near Caulfield Station
I couldn't dig down far enough to find the old Southland station thread, so I started a new one.

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?

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Metro train's website says that there are nightworks going on between Patterson and Cheltenham stations. The works are happening until the 29th.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Great idea to cover this construction. Are any photos available as yet?
  jdekorte Assistant Commissioner

Location: Near Caulfield Station
Great idea to cover this construction. Are any photos available as yet?
x31
A Twitter friend of mine has just posted a couple of photos of the track work that is taking place during this current shutdown - the track looks very much improved.

  toastywarmhamster Station Master

Location: Space and Time
Great idea to cover this construction. Are any photos available as yet?
A Twitter friend of mine has just posted a couple of photos of the track work that is taking place during this current shutdown - the track looks very much improved.

jdekorte
What you are seeing is the works during the current shutdown for the levelling of the track around the station site
  jdekorte Assistant Commissioner

Location: Near Caulfield Station
Looks like major construction has commenced at Southland if my recent observations are correct.

In the past two weeks the house that PTV bought on Tulip Grove (west side) has been demolished and is being prepared as an access area to the construction site, and I believe will become station access.  On the east side of the line, quite a large area of the Southland carpark has been cordoned off to form a staging area and worksite huts have been set up.  The fencing that was the boundary between the Southland carpark & the railway has been removed. Yesterday when I was travelling through the area there was an amount of workers on site.  Just north of the Bay St bridge, there is some work that has been undertaken with new signalling conduits. Several overhead stanchions are also to be installed in this area.

Good to see.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Is a google map URL reference for the exact site available please?
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: no longer in Sydney
Is a google map URL reference for the exact site available please?
bevans
Edit - link deleted in view of the subsequent reply from jdekorte
  jdekorte Assistant Commissioner

Location: Near Caulfield Station
Is a google map URL reference for the exact site available please?
bevans
The station will be located just south of the Bay Road bridge. I don't know the exact address of the houses (as I pass by the area on the train) but I'm fairly sure that either number 68, 66 or 64 on Tulip Grove has been demolished to facilitate construction. I've also linked in a Melways map reference that shows the site of the new station.

Here's the Google map reference:

Melway map: http://bit.ly/2aPuIeG
  Connex Station Master



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvtXTfcFkbA

7 News report on the station. BTW, they messed up big time and said that it dates back to the 1980's when the Frankston line opened. The Frankston line was built in the 1880's... Epic fail!
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Will the station be connected at level to the shopping centre?  More or less integrated?
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

Will the station be connected at level to the shopping centre?  More or less integrated?
bevans
The designs I've seen appear to have an underpass under the tracks and pedestrians would access the shopping centre by walking through the carpark at ground level...  (i.e no dedicated ramps into the centre etc)

Rather car-centric still.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The designs I've seen appear to have an underpass under the tracks and pedestrians would access the shopping centre by walking through the carpark at ground level...  (i.e no dedicated ramps into the centre etc)

Rather car-centric still.
Carnot

I do not frequent that area at all but I recall a bridge over the Nepean highway presumably to the carpark?

Therefore the carpark is at ground level.  Do presumably one will need to walk out of the railway station across the carpark and up escalators and across the road bridge?
  ARodH Train Controller

Location: East Oakleigh, Vic
That bridge is dual purpose, it's car access and more shopping center as they expanded south towards the railway line. Which means it's not that far of a walk to access the shops from the new station. Whether they actually provide an access point that doesn't require a ridiculous amount of walking is another thing, for no doubt the center managment won't want regular influxes of Frankston residents.
  lkernan Chief Train Controller

Location: Melbourne
for no doubt the center managment won't want regular influxes of Frankston residents.
ARodH

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  Adogs Train Controller

The designs I've seen appear to have an underpass under the tracks and pedestrians would access the shopping centre by walking through the carpark at ground level...  (i.e no dedicated ramps into the centre etc)

Rather car-centric still.

I do not frequent that area at all but I recall a bridge over the Nepean highway presumably to the carpark?

Therefore the carpark is at ground level.  Do presumably one will need to walk out of the railway station across the carpark and up escalators and across the road bridge?
bevans

Not exactly - Southland extends across both sides of the Nepean Hwy.  The "bridge" you're thinking of over the Nepean is actually two stories of shops.  

From the station, you will walk across about 50m of carpark, to the ground floor doors near Coles.  Once inside, the escalator up to the rest of the shops is another 50m in front of you.

So whilst it's a bit annoying walking through the carpark, it's not a major issue.

The annoyance will be for people trying to drive through the carpark at around 4pm, when all the school students from St Bedes, Kilbreda, Mordy, Sandy, Mentone Grammar, Mentone Girls Sec etc etc will probably show up and wander through the carpark in large numbers.  These schools all have large numbers commuting by train (visit Mentone station between 8-8.30am to see them) and will have a large number heading for Southland once there's easy station access.
  Gauntlet Chief Commissioner

Location:
I went there today and thought that a good panoramic photo was the way to go.
It wasn't easy to take from the top level of the car park, but it certainly shows everything.


by Gauntlet, on Flickr
  ARodH Train Controller

Location: East Oakleigh, Vic
It looks like only things they've done so far is, foundations for the down and a pedestrian underpass.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
It looks like only things they've done so far is, foundations for the down and a pedestrian underpass.
ARodH

When is the construction scheduled to be completed?
  Adogs Train Controller

It looks like only things they've done so far is, foundations for the down and a pedestrian underpass.

When is the construction scheduled to be completed?
bevans

End of this year.  Should be doable.
  Gauntlet Chief Commissioner

Location:
Today's photo shows quite a bit of progress on platform 2, and some concrete foundations for platform one.

by Gauntlet, on Flickr
  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
It looks like only things they've done so far is, foundations for the down and a pedestrian underpass.

When is the construction scheduled to be completed?
bevans
Two months before the next state election. Work will be slowly staged so it can be ready just in time.

The area has plenty of marginal seats and the politicians will want the station opening to be fresh in the minds of voters when they front up to the polling booths.
  MetroFemme Chief Train Controller

Amazed it has taken this long to provide a railway station at a major shopping complex.

Is Victoria still asleep at the wheel?
  trainbrain Assistant Commissioner

Amazed it has taken this long to provide a railway station at a major shopping complex.

Is Victoria still asleep at the wheel?
MetroFemme
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  drunkill Station Master

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Amazed it has taken this long to provide a railway station at a major shopping complex.

Is Victoria still asleep at the wheel?
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