31 July 2019

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Rail set for under road THE state government has announced the removal of three level crossings on the Frankston line has been brought forward, with works now touted to be completed by 2022. It was announced on Sunday, 28 June that works to remove level crossings at Edithvale Road, Thames Promenade, and Argyle Avenue would finish by 2022. The works will send the rail under road. The Frankston line will be lowered into a trench at those three locations, rather than raised above ground with elevated rail like in neighbouring suburbs. Premier Daniel Andrews said “fast tracking the removal of these dangerous crossings will reduce congestion and disruption, and get locals home safer and sooner.” “Creating a more direct road network will enable level crossings at Swanpool Avenue and Chelsea Road in Chelsea to be closed. Lochiel Avenue in Edithvale will also close once works are complete. These changes will remove the current congestion hot spots caused by boom gates and the dangerous dogleg at Chelsea Road,” he said. “The boom gate free intersections along the Nepean will be upgraded with turning lanes, so there is more green time for motorists, improving traffic flow, getting traffic off roads to provide more reliable journey times.” Mordialloc MP Tim Richardson said “streamlining connections between the freeway and the Nepean will have huge benefits for our growing community, now and in the future.” Plans for a new look Carrum Station were also revealed on Sunday. The station has now been bulldozed, and is not set to reopen until 2020. A temporary rail track has now been installed at Carrum Station, allowing for trains to pass through without interruption.

Project plans: Designs for a revamped Carrum Station have been revealed.

Fundraiser for family reaches $25,000 THERE has been an outpouring of community for a local mother who died during childbirth last week. Chelsea Kindergarten vice president Bec Elizabeth and her daughter Peyton died last week after complications during labour. Ms Elizabeth was engaged to her partner Dale Foster, and is mother to 15-month-old Jax. Chelsea Kindergarten president Liz Jowlett paid tribute to Ms Elizabeth on social media. “Bec Elizabeth was our kindergarten vice president, she was so passionate about our kindergarten and all the families. Apart from the fantastic work as a volunteer on our committee of management, in her personal life Bec was a proud mum to her 15 month old Jax, excited to get married to the love of her life fiancé Dale Foster, an over the moon soon to be mum to a little girl Peyton, and a step mum to four beautiful children that she loved like they were her own Jedd, Lily, Georgia and Abbey,” Ms Jowlett said. “Bec was a supremely kind, caring and giving person. She was one of the strongest people there is, battling problems throughout her pregnancy that would break the best of us, whilst dealing with personal torments from her past. But she remained strong, and so thrilled to be meeting her baby girl soon. “Tragically Bec lost Peyton during labour and complications led to a fight for her own life that sadly she lost. This is devastating for her family and friends, it has left the community in shock and disbelief.” A Gofundme page set up to support Ms Elizabeth’s family has now surpassed $25,000 in donations. The page can be found at gofundme. com/f/dale-amp-jax

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