Bayside Rail Project and Frankston line upgrade

Written on the 16 July 2014

Bayside Rail Project and Frankston line upgrade


The Victorian Government has invested $115 million in the Bayside Rail Project.

This will deliver upgrades to rail infrastructure and stations along the Frankston line, making train travel safer, more comfortable, more efficient and reliable.

The line is one of the busiest on the network.

The project will improve travel times and boost customer capacity. Already, train punctuality is at 91% which is up from 70.4% under Labor. Station improvements have begun and will be completed by the end of 2014.

I recently met with colleagues and Public Transport Victoria executives at Armadale station to discuss the progress of works and to speak to commuters about initial improvements.


New and large X’Trapolis trains will run on the Frankston Line as soon as the line and signalling upgrades are complete. Eight more X’Trapolis trains are ordered for the Frankston Line – and are expected late 2015.

Commuters can expect two new morning services that will carry 2000 more passengers and two extra weekday morning peak period trains. This will mean 191 extra weekly train trips.

The new Frankston Line timetable will see a train every ten minutes between morning and evening peaks. Commuters will be able to simply turn up and catch a train – rather than consulting a timetable or wait at the station.

Public Transport Victoria (PTV) has engaged Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) to deliver the upgrades. Rail infrastructure upgrades will include:

  • signal upgrades
  • an upgrade of the Glenhuntly tram square so that trains can pass through the level crossing more efficiently
  • new power cabling
  • power substation upgrades
  • maintenance yard upgrades.


Station improvements include:
  • repainting of station buildings
  • installations of tactile indications on platforms
  • level crossing repainting and line marking
  • new myki readers
  • installation of safety zones on platforms
  • electronic information boards to with real-time public transport information
  • additional station canopies
  • anti-slip surfacing on station platforms
  • upgrades to lighting to improve safety.


The Frankston Line will be part of the Melbourne Rail Link, which will be built progressively during the next 10 years. The line will become the ‘Frankston – Ringwood Line’ and will travel from Frankston to Ringwood via the Melbourne Rail Link (which is City Link with two new stations).

When complete, the train from Frankston will stop at South Yarra, Domain, Montague, Southern Cross, Flagstaff, Melbourne Central, Parliament and Richmond  (and then on to Ringwood.)

New underground platforms at South Yarra and Southern Cross will enable passengers to transfer to other lines, trams and the new Airport Rail Link.


At Armadale station during peak hour

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