Station Street and Eel Race Road, 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

Community workshops

From late April/May 2017 we will be working with the local community to develop the urban design for the local area.

Community workshops will be held to gather ideas on what the local community would like to see included in the designs, focusing on the look and feel of:

  • Carrum Station
  • Station Street bridge
  • Carrum village square
  • rail bridge
  • pedestrian crossings
  • local connections and paths
  • streetscapes
  • landscaping.

The workshops will be a great opportunity for the local community to get involved in shaping the new Carrum.

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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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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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