Eel Race Road and Station Street, Carrum both intersect the Frankston line and meet with Nepean Highway. A number of local businesses front onto Station Street, which is a main thoroughfare via McLeod Road to reach the Nepean Highway.

Many drivers avoid this congestion hotspot by using the Eel Race Road level crossing and backstreets as a route between the Nepean Highway and McLeod Road.

Boom gates are down at the Station Street level crossing for an average of 49 minutes between 7:00am and 9:00am, and 21 minutes at the Eel Race Road level crossing, holding up a combined average of 17,500 drivers and many pedestrians who travel through Carrum daily.

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We’re building a beach promenade in Carrum.

As part of a $50 million revitalisation of Carrum, we’re connecting McLeod Road right through to the beach and creating a new beach promenade that will connect the heart of Carrum to the bay.

The new road connection and promenade will provide safe and convenient access to the water, more beachside parking and a new community space for locals to enjoy.

The promenade will be unique to Carrum, providing a seamless connection between the beach and new village square.


These works will be delivered in addition to removing three dangerous and congested level crossings, connecting Station Street via a new bridge across the Patterson River, building a brand new Carrum Station and removing the Carrum train storage facility.

Check out the Carrum Promenade Video and read our latest Community Update.

View the Revitalising Carrum video with transcript.

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The Carrum Promenade

The Promenade will create extensive bay views from the heart of Carrum while providing seamless connection between the shops, new village square and the beach.

Promenade benefits include:

  • safe and convenient access for people to travel in any direction to or from the beach
  • boost trade for local shops, particularly in the busy summer months
  • additional parking near the beach and local shops
  • improve beach safety by encouraging people to access the beach at the location monitored by the Carrum Surf Life Saving Club
  • new beachside amenities, which may include toilets and showers
  • transform Carrum into a modern, well-connected and vibrant beachside suburb.

Why a promenade?

Throughout the project we’ve heard from the local community that safe and convenient beach access is important so we have been investigating ways that we can improve this.

Safe access to the beach is currently restricted to just one pedestrian crossing across the Nepean Highway. Limited sightlines at Old Post Office Lane and Stephens Street also make it hard for drivers to turn onto the busy Nepean Highway.

Locals told us that restricting access at Old Post Office Lane to improve safety would not be a convenient solution.

After investigating a number of options to provide better access to the beach we found the best option is to extend McLeod Road right through to the beach, allowing for more car parking, safer walking and cycling paths and a new community space for beachside activities.

This option will require minimal property acquisition. We are working closely with affected property owners and occupiers to provide support and information throughout the process.

The new connection is an opportunity to for us to help deliver what the local community told us they wanted to see as part of the Carrum Revitalisation.

Design solution

The dangerous and congested level crossings in Carrum will be removed with a rail bridge over an extended McLeod Road and a new and modern Carrum Station.

Station Street will be connected over the Patterson River and Carrum updated with a full revitalisation of the village area.

The new road connections across the Patterson River and to the Nepean Highway will create a more direct road network to enable the closure of the Station Street, Eel Race Road and Mascot Avenue level crossings.

These changes will get traffic moving through Carrum more efficiently and lead to an overall improvement to travel times and driver, cyclist and pedestrian safety for years to come.

The Carrum train storage facility will also be moved to a purpose-built facility in Kananook, creating more open space for local residents to enjoy.

Eel Race Road

The shorter rail bridge option that was preferred by the local community requires the closure of the Eel Race Road level crossing.

We have been working with traffic experts and VicRoads to ensure the new intersection at McLeod Road and the Nepean Highway will manage traffic demand now and for years to come.

Overall, drivers will experience a decrease in travel times as a result of these changes.

Traffic monitoring indicates the majority of drivers use the Eel Race Road level crossing to head north on the Nepean Highway towards the city or are using it to access McLeod Road via backstreets to avoid the congestion hotspot in Carrum. The new McLeod Road intersection will provide these drivers  with a more direct connection and take them away from backstreets.

The majority of McLeod Road drivers will experience up to a 50 per cent decrease in travel time through the new intersection, which will be designed and signalised to keep traffic moving through the area quickly as this bayside suburb continues to grow.

Drivers using the Eel Race Road level crossing to head south to Frankston will be able to access the Nepean Highway at the new McLeod Road intersection, adding about 1.4 kilometres or a few minutes in the PM peak to their journey.

Check out the Traffic improvements in Carrum video:

View the Traffic improvements in Carrum video and transcript.

Community

Carrum Promenade feedback

We’d like to hear what you want to see as part of the new beach connection and promenade.

What are the top things you would like LXRA to consider when designing the new beachside promenade?

Visit our community engagement hub and complete our online survey.

Email us at contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au

Contact our project hotline: 1800 762 667

Translation service: for languages other than English: 9280 0780

Carrum Revitalisation Reference Group

We will be out meeting with locals and community groups to explain more about the project.

We are establishing a Community Reference Group (CRG) to gain input into the project as we move towards construction. The group will consist of local representatives and project staff. It will provide a forum for sharing information, gaining feedback and capturing local views.

Further details about the group's membership will be provided soon.

Community feedback

In May/June 2017 we asked the local community what they want to see as part of the Carrum Revitalisation through community forums, local trader doorknocks and breakfast, pop-ups at Carrum Station and our online engagement hub.

We received a huge response with more than 1350 ideas and pieces of feedback on the Carrum Revitalisation.

Community feedback received has been developed into a Carrum Revitalisation Community and Stakeholder Feedback Guide—your feedback will help to influence the final designs for the project as it progresses.

We will continue to talk to the community as we refine the design.

Planning Scheme Amendment (PSA)

As part of the Carrum Revitalisation feedback, we are also currently reviewing all submissions and feedback received. This will be submitted to the Minister for Planning as part of a formal request to amend the Kingston Planning Scheme and the Frankston Planning Scheme for the project.

Timeline

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DateStage
2016 Early investigations and consultation on design options.
March 2017 Design solution announced.
May to June 2017 Community consultation on the Carrum revitalisation.
August 2017 Announcement of Carrum Promenade.
Mid to late 2017 Tender phase – we are working with the two shortlisted bidders to find a construction partner for the project.
Late 2017 Successful construction partner announced.
Early 2018 Start construction on the Station Street bridge over the Patterson River.

We have shortlisted two bidders for the first package of works, the two consortia include: CPB/Aurecon and Lendlease/Acciona/Coleman Rail and WSP.

The contract for this first package of works for Carrum and Seaford is expected to be awarded in December this year.

We will present refined designs for the Carrum Level Crossing Removal Project and Revitalisation after the appointment of our construction partner.

Construction of the project will start with the Station Street bridge across the Patterson River in early 2018.

Publications

Works update

Service investigations

We will be conducting further geotechnical investigations on the Patterson River from Tuesday 1 August 2017 for approximately 14 days (weather permitting) – during the day.

What are we doing

  • A barge will be operating on the Patterson River for geotechnical work.
  • The barge will be drilling bore holes as part of ground investigations for the new road bridge piers.

What to expect

  • The barge will be towed into place on Monday 31 July 2017.
  • Works will take place daily, including weekends, between 7:00am and 5:00pm.
  • There will be intermittent noise during these works generated by the barge during its operation, mainly a low hum of the diesel engine.
  • There will be unmarked security vehicles on the riverside each night.

Walking, cycling and driving impacts

  • There will be no impacts to residents, pedestrians or drivers as the works take place.
  • Signs at safe viewing areas will be set up on either side of the river for those keen to watch the barge in operation.

River impacts

  • The barge will be in place on the Patterson River during this period for up to 14 days.
  • River access will be maintained.
  • A temporary traffic management system will be in place to direct river traffic around the barge during its operation.

For more information please call us on 1800 762 667 or email contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au.

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