Bayside Rail Project
November 2013 – December 2016
X’Trapolis train speed testing
With upgrades to the Frankston Line almost complete, an X’Trapolis train will be tested to measure travel times and signalling between Frankston and Flinders Street. The timing of the introduction of X'Trapolis trains on the Frankston Line will coincinde with the completion of a number of works taking place throughout 2016.
Improved disability access
Works to improve wheelchair access to trains are underway at six stations along the Frankston line. Chelsea, Edithvale, Mentone, Moorabbin, Patterson and Glenhuntly stations are all being fitted with wheelchair ramps to improve boarding access to trains for wheelchair users and meeting Disability Discrimination Act requirements, ensuring everyone can make full use of services on the Frankston Line.
The Bayside Rail Project is a $115 million investment to improve the reliability and capacity of the Frankston, Werribee and Williamstown lines.
Rail infrastructure upgrades along all three lines to allow X’Trapolis trains to operate has been largely complete with the last works expected to be completed by mid-2016. The project has already seen one X’Trapolis train — the biggest and fastest model of train on the network — running on the Frankston Line.
Eight brand new X'Trapolis trains have been delivered and will service the Frankston, Werribee and Williamstown lines from late 2016.
Rail infrastructure works include:
- upgrading tracks, signals, power substations and train maintenance yards
- upgrading the Glenhuntly tram square so that trains can pass through the level crossing at a faster speed
- replacing overhead wiring.
Stations on the Frankston line have also been improved to become safer and more comfortable with:
- upgrades to safety features such as the installation of safety zones and raise tactile indicators along station platforms
- improved platform lighting and CCTV camera coverage
- better information about train, bus and tram arrival times and service delays
- more sheltered areas
- additional myki readers at busy stations.
While the majority of works being carried out as part of the Bayside Rail Project have taken place on the Frankston Line, rail infrastructure upgrades have also been carried out on the Werribee and Williamstown lines to allow X’Trapolis trains to operate.
This is because a number of Frankton Line services become Werribee Line services when they reach Flinders Street Station and the new X’Trapolis trains will be stored and maintained at the Newport Train Maintenance Facility.
The Bayside Rail Project will improve the reliability and capacity of the Frankston,Werribee and Williamstown Lines through upgraded rail infrastructure to enable X’Trapolis trains to operate. The X’Trapolis trains are the largest and fastest trains on Melbourne’s public transport system and started running in the morning peak time on the Frankston line in October last year. There are a further eight brand new trains due to arrive on the three lines in 2016.
The project is also delivering improvements to stations along the Frankston Line to increase safety and make them more comfortable for customers to use.
Customer information at stations will also be improved with the installation of new network status boards and train departure information displays.
Network status boards provide real-time information about how the public transport network is performing, including details on any expected delays, replacement services or planned service changes affecting other rail, tram or bus Lines across Victoria.
New train departure information displays will also be installed on station platforms along the Frankston Line to provide next service information.
For more information, please call Public Transport Victoria on 1800 800 007.
You can also contact the project team by completing an online enquiry form.