34 crossings gone as new station opens in boom gate free Carrum
17 Feb 2020
Carrum is now level crossing free with trains running over the new rail bridge and stopping at the new station from today.
Today’s opening comes at the end of a two-week construction blitz, where 180 workers worked around the clock to remove parts of the temporary track, open McLeod Road, and connect the new rail bridge to the existing Frankston line.
The Station Street level crossing was used by 12,000 vehicles each day with the boom gates down for up to 49 minutes in the morning.
The original road configuration saw drivers zigzagging through dangerous level crossings with congestion clogging Station Street and the Nepean Highway.
The new direct connection from McLeod Road to the Nepean Highway opened last week and will slash congestion and rat running as well as allowing traffic to flow more freely through this key link between Nepean Highway, Frankston Freeway and EastLink.
The new intersection, and the connection of Station Street over the Patterson River has allowed for the dangerous level crossings at Eel Race Road, Carrum and Mascot Avenue, Bonbeach to be removed as well. Overall, drivers will experience a decrease in travel times through this area as a result of these improvements.
While construction continues, access to the new Carrum Station will be through the southern entrance near Walkers Road. The main entrance near McLeod Road will open in mid 2020.
Traffic management will remain in place as works are completed on the station and community open spaces. Work on parking and landscaping will continue until mid 2020.
The design of the new station, which is based on community feedback, will enhance the area's bayside village feel and accommodate coastal weather conditions. It features glass weather protection pods, shelter canopies on the platform and wind screens in entrances.
New community open spaces will be created, including a town square at Carrum Station’s main entrance, a station garden at the southern entrance and a new foreshore park and beach promenade linking Carrum to the bay. More than 80,000 mostly native and indigenous trees and shrubs will be planted later this year.
Check out Carrum’s transformation in our image gallery.