Cheltenham railway station, Melbourne
Northbound view from Platform 3 in August 2012
|Location||Charman Road, Cheltenham
|Operated by||Metro Trains|
|Distance||22.43 kilometres from Southern Cross|
|Platforms||3 (2 side, 1 dock)|
|Fare zone||Myki zone 2|
|Website||Public Transport Victoria|
|Opened||19 December 1881|
|Passengers (2008-2009)||1.362 million|
|Passengers (2009-2010)||1.403 million 3.01%|
|Passengers (2010-2011)||1.286 million 8.34%|
|Passengers (2011-2012)||1.130 million 12.13%|
|Passengers (2012-2013)||Not measured|
|Passengers (2013-2014)||0.963 million 14.78%|
Cheltenham railway station was one of the earliest railway stations on the Frankston railway line, having opened on 19 December 1881. The current dock platform (Platform 1) was provided in 1956. A siding originally existed at this dock platform. Boom barriers were provided at the Park Road level crossing, located at the Up (Flinders Street) end, in 1966. A signal panel was installed in the station building in 1972, to control trains terminating at Platform 1. This coincided with the introduction of automatic signalling between Highett and Cheltenham. Boom barriers were also provided at the Charman Road level crossing, located at the Down (Frankston) end of the station, in 1972. There was previously a siding on the eastern side of the station, at the Flinders Street end. The wiring for the siding was deactivated by 1980, and was removed altogether by 1985.
In 2010, Cheltenham station was identified as a key part of the Cheltenham Major Activity Centre by the then-Brumby State Government, as part of their Melbourne 2030 strategic planning policy framework. In 2010, Kingston City Council proposed a major redevelopment of the station environs, including a new station forecourt with a terraced plaza, giving more prominence to the heritage listed buildings at the station, and a new taxi rank, similar to that at Mentone. The proposal had not been implemented. More recently, in October 2015, the station toilets were refurbished.
In February 2017, it was announced that as part of the Andrews State Government's crossings removal project, Cheltenham station will be redeveloped into a rail trench – as to negate the rail crossings at Charman and Park Roads. The trench, at 1.26 kilometres (0.78 miles) in length, will be at least 30 metres wide; this will facilitate the re-reinstatement of the station's third track (platform 1; currently in–use as a dock) into a duplication of the 'to Frankston' track. Road bridges will be constructed over the rail-line for both Charman and Park Roads. Furthermore, a multi–deck car-park will be built within the station's existing car–park.
The station was located between Mentone and Highett since its opening in 1881, until the opening of Southland station in 2017. Southland replaced Highett as the closest station to Cheltenham towards the City.
On 10 May 2008, former Saddle Club actress Jessica Jacobs died instantly from her injuries she sustained after she was hit by a train. In 2012, a motorist was killed after a train hit his car.
Platforms and services
Cheltenham is served by Metro Trains' Frankston line services. It has two side platforms and one dock platform. The latter was served by one afternoon terminating service from Flinders Street, that returned empty to the city, but from 12 October 2014, extra weekday Flinders Street bound services began to use the platform.
Transdev Melbourne operates three bus routes via Cheltenham station:
- 600: Westfield Southland – St Kilda station
- 922: Westfield Southland – St Kilda station
- 923: Westfield Southland – St Kilda station
Ventura Bus Lines operates four bus routes via Cheltenham station:
- 811: Dandenong station – Brighton
- 812: Dandenong station – Brighton
- 822: Chadstone Shopping Centre – Sandringham station
- 828: Hampton Station – Berwick Station
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- Saddle Club actress killed by train
- Man dead after car crushed by peak-hour train at Cheltenham Station
- Frankston Line timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Route 600 Southland Shopping Centre - St Kilda Station timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Route 922 Southland Shopping Centre - St Kilda Station timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Route 923 Southland Shopping Centre - St Kilda Station timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Route 811 Dandenong - Brighton timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Route 812 Dandenong - Brighton timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Route 822 Chadstone - Sandringham timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Route 828 Hampton - Berwick timetable Public Transport Victoria