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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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.

The tender process for the level crossing removals in Carrum is now underway. Two consortia – CPB/Aurecon and Lendlease/Acciona/Colesman Rail and WSP are bidding for these works which include the level crossing removals at Mascot Avenue, Station Street and Eel Race Road, Carrum as well as Seaford Road, Seaford. We expect to award the contract later this year, when the final design will be refined and  developed. Construction is due to start in 2018. Read the latest press release.

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Carrum revitalisation

The Carrum Revitalisation will result in improved access to parking, local shops, public transport, and the beach and river walking and cycling connections for local residents and visitors.

Removing three level crossings and the Carrum train storage facility and replacing them with a new village area built around a modern new station provides a huge opportunity to transform Carrum into a vibrant and connected bayside community.

Tell us what you would like to see as part of the Carrum Revitalisation, including potential uses for the new community spaces that will be created, improvements to local connections and beach access, the look and feel of the new Carrum Station, the rail bridge and the Station Street road bridge, plus landscapes and streetscapes.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get involved with shaping Carrum into a more vibrant and safer place to live, work and travel through for generations to come.

Why this design

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

We found a rail under road solution is not possible at Carrum as the distance between the Patterson River and McLeod Road is not long enough to provide clearance for trains under the new road connection at the grade required for safe operation of trains. Moving the McLeod Road connection further south would increase congestion, reduce traffic flow and move Carrum Station 350 metres south away from shops and services.

In late 2016 we consulted the local community on a 900 metre rail bridge involving the closure of the Eel Race Road level crossing and a 1400 metre rail bridge over McLeod Road and Eel Race Road. We heard the local community had a preference for the shorter rail bridge.

This is the design we will seek a construction partner for, with construction to start on the Station Street bridge over the Patterson River in 2018.

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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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Community

We would like to thank everyone who participated in our Carrum Revitalisation community engagement process and provided feedback on how you'd like to see Carrum transformed into a modern, vibrant and connected bayside community.

We sought community input on a range of elements including:

  • rail bridge and Carrum Station look and feel
  • community spaces – how you want to use the community spaces opened up by the rail bridge and relocation of the train storage facility
  • landscaping and streetscaping
  • walking and cycling connections – how to improve local connections around Carrum
  • beach access – Old Post Office Lane.

We will use your feedback to shape the Carrum Revitalisation, further enhance the project design and inform decision-making about the project.

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

Visit our community engagement hub for more information.

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.

Timeline

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Date Stage
2016 Initial investigations and identifying potential design options.
Presented design option.
Early 2017 Design solution announced.
Mid-late 2017 Share your ideas for the Carrum revitalisation.
Tender process to choose a construction partner.
2018 Start construction on the Station Street bridge over the Patterson River.

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Works update

Service investigations

In preparation for the safe construction of the new road connections and the level crossing removals we're conducting:

  • more detailed investigations into the location of underground services, including gas, water, telecommunications, electrical, and sewerage.
  • additional traffic monitoring following the inclusion of the Station Street connection over the Patterson River and community feedback about traffic on local streets such as Valetta Street.

Works will start from Thursday 20 April 2017 and will take a number of weeks to complete. All works will be carried out during the day and are weather dependent.

What we are doing

  • Investigating and recording the location of underground services.
  • Using suction trucks that use high pressure water to excavate holes in the ground, rather than digging holes.
  • Refilling the holes and reinstating the ground.
  • A barge will be operating in the Patterson River to test soil conditions.
  • Feature surveys.
  • Additional traffic monitoring involving traffic cameras and counters.

Where these works will happen

Works to locate underground services and feature surveys will occur within the rail corridor and on surrounding roads, including:

  • Station Street in Bonbeach and Carrum
  • Nepean Highway in Bonbeach and Carrum
  • Mascot Avenue, Bonbeach level crossing
  • Eel Race Road, Carrum
  • Walking paths either side of the Patterson River near the existing road, rail and pedestrian bridge.

Geotechnical works will take place on the Patterson River at the location of the proposed road bridge piers.

Traffic monitoring will take place on Nepean Highway, Station Street, McLeod Road, Eel Race Road, Valetta Street, Railway Parade, Old Post Office Lane and Stephens Street.

What to expect

  • There will be intermittent noise during these works generated by the suction trucks and the barge during its operation.
  • There will be temporary parking restrictions in some areas and lane and footpath closures during the works.
  • Road and pedestrian access to residential properties and local businesses will be maintained.

Impacts

Works will be done in stages to minimise the impact on the local community, with traffic management in place to keep road and footpath users safe.

A barge will in place on the Patterson River during this period for up to 10 days. River access will be maintained, and traffic management system will be in place to direct river traffic around the barge during its operation.

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