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.

Currently there are two level crossings either side of Carrum Station intersecting with Nepean Highway. Boom gates are down along Station Street for an average of 49 minutes during the weekday peak between 7:00am and 9:00am, and 21 minutes at Eel Race Road. These two crossings hold up thousands of motorists and pedestrians who travel this level crossing daily.

Design

The two 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 and enable the closure of the Station Street, Eel Race Road and Mascot Avenue level crossings.

The Carrum train storage facility will also be moved to a purpose-built facility in Kananook, creating more open space in the village area.

The changes will make getting around Carrum safer and easier by reducing congestion, improving traffic flow and providing better connections between the beach, local shops, public transport and the local community.

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Transforming Carrum

New road connections, a new Carrum village square, a new station, areas to eat, meet and play, new walking and cycling paths—you have the opportunity to help shape Carrum into a modern and connected local area.

From April/May 2017 we will be holding workshops to hear your ideas for how Carrum could look. Get involved and help us create a more vibrant and safer place to live, work and travel through.

Benefits and opportunities

The Carrum level crossing removals and revitalisation will transform Carrum into a modern and vibrant bayside community, delivering a range of long-term benefits including:

  • reducing congestion on the local and arterial road network
  • improving access to the beach, local shops, public transport and residential areas
  • improving safety for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers
  • creation of new community spaces and urban design opportunities.

For more information read our latest community update.

Why this design

In late 2016 we consulted on a long rail bridge and a short rail bridge option. The short rail bridge was selected as it will reduce the overall impact on the local community.

The Carrum level crossings are very complex due to the short distances between Patterson River, McLeod Road and the Eel Race Road level crossing.

During 2016 we conducted technical and environmental investigations into several options and gathered community feedback to help get to the design solution.

A rail under road design is not possible in Carrum due to:

  • The distance between the Patterson River and McLeod Road is not long enough to provide train clearance under the road and return to ground level before the Patterson River rail bridge at an incline that would allow trains to run safely
  • A steeper incline would not meet metro and freight rail standards for safe operation
  • Changes to the Patterson River rail bridge would require a closure of the Frankston line for up to six months, which is not feasible for commuters or freight operators
  • Lowering the Patterson River rail bridge would impact boat access
  • Moving the McLeod Road connection further south would increase congestion, reduce traffic flow and move the station 350 metres south away from shops and services.

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Timeline

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Date Stage
2016 Initial investigations and identifying potential design options
Presented design options
Early 2017 Announce design solution
Mid-late 2017 Community workshops to hear your ideas for the Carrum revitalisation
Tender process to choose a company to build the project
2018 Construction starts

Community

Mobile Information Hub

We will be out with our Mobile Information Hub, where you can drop in to find out more about the project and meet the project team.

We'll be located in the Carrum Station car park on the following days:

  • Wednesday 8 March, 3:30pm to 7:30pm.
  • Thursday 9 March, 3:30pm to 7:30pm.
  • Friday 10 March, 10:00am to 2:00pm.
  • Saturday 11 March, 10:00am to 2:00pm.
  • Monday 27 March, 3:30pm to 7:30pm.
  • Tuesday 28 March, 7:00am to 11:00am.
  • Thursday 30 March, 3:30pm to 7:30pm.
  • Friday 31 March, 10:00am to 2:00pm.
  • Saturday 1 April, 10:00am to 2:00pm.

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We will keep you informed about the project and its progress via website updates, social media, regular email bulletins and letterbox drops, local newspaper advertising, onsite information boards and community information displays.

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