The level crossing near Merinda Park Station has gone and we’ve added extra lanes and traffic lights on Thompsons Road to improve safety and travel times.

Project overview

Thompsons Road is an essential freight and transport route and a vital east-west corridor in Melbourne’s growing south-east region. It intersects with major north-south routes in the area including Mornington Peninsula Freeway, EastLink, Western Port Highway and South Gippsland Freeway, and includes a level crossing with the Cranbourne railway line.

As part of the Thompson Road Upgrade, we've:

  • removed the level crossing on Thompsons Road near Merinda Park Train Station
  • duplicated Thompsons Road between Frankston-Dandenong Road and Berwick-Cranbourne Road, making it at least two traffic lanes in each direction
  • added an additional lane in each direction between Frankston-Dandenong Road and Marriott Boulevard, and between Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road and Berwick-Cranbourne Road
  • replaced the roundabouts at Western Port Highway, McCormicks Road and Evans Road with traffic lights
  • built new traffic lights at Merinda Park Boulevard to provide access to Merinda Park station
  • built new shared walking and cycling paths along the 10.7km duplicated length of Thompsons Road between Frankston-Dandenong Road and Berwick-Cranbourne Road
  • landscaped the new Thompsons Road, spreading 16,000 cubic metres of recycled timber mulch and planting 449,000 new plants, improving and maintaining the flora, fauna and ecosystems
  • replaced the roundabout at Thompsons and Frankston-Dandenong roads with traffic lights and widened the intersection.

The upgrade has significantly improved traffic flow along Thompsons Road.

Frankston-Dandenong Road intersection upgrade

We've completed major construction to upgrade the Frankston-Dandenong Road intersection, which is the final piece of the Thompsons Road Upgrade.

The new intersection opened on Saturday 11 July, four months earlier than planned.

As part of the intersection upgrade, we’ve:

  • widened the intersection and added two dedicated right-turn lanes and three through lanes on all approaches
  • built dedicated left-turn slip lanes on each approach to the intersection so vehicles can turn left without affecting the flow of the through traffic
  • installed traffic lights.

The upgrade will ease congestion and improve traffic flow for the 58,000 people who travel through this intersection every day.

Map showing the location of the works for the Thompsons Road upgrades

View a larger version of the map (PDF, 114.6 KB)

10.7kms of new lanes

New walking and cycling paths

New bridges over train line and level crossing removed

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