Carrum Community Update – December 2017
01 Dec 2017
Construction starting in Carrum
The Victorian Government is removing 13 dangerous level crossings on the Frankston line and building a new train storage facility, to improve safety, reduce congestion and run more trains, more often.
In Carrum, three dangerous level crossings will be removed, and a new station will be built. McLeod Road will be extended right through to the beach and a new promenade and village square will be created to connect the heart of Carrum to the bay.
The first stage of works will begin early next year with the construction of the new Station Street road bridge across Patterson River. The bridge will open in late 2018.
This project will transform Carrum. It will increase safety, improve travel times and create amazing new community spaces for generations of residents and visitors to enjoy.
Major improvements to traffic connections will provide a more direct road network, making local streets safer and quieter for drivers, riders and residents.
Across the Frankston line, work to remove level crossings is well underway. Three are already gone, Skye/Overton Road, Frankston is under construction and work is starting in Carrum and Seaford.
Station Street road bridge over Patterson River
Thank you to everyone who told us their vision for Carrum – we’ve heard that the local community wants traffic improvements, with safer, better connections to the station, beach and surrounding suburbs.
The long-awaited Station Street road bridge over Patterson River will improve short, local trips between Carrum and Bonbeach and allow the closure of the dangerous level crossing at Mascot Avenue, Bonbeach.
The bridge includes new disability compliant walking and cycling ramps connecting Station Street to the river paths.
New Carrum Station
We’ve been working with our new construction partner Lendlease to improve the new station design based on your feedback.
- station set further back from residents
- low, single-storey station buildings in line
- with Carrum’s village character
- natural materials and sandy coastal colours to reflect the beachside location
- Kiss'n'Ride and car park below the station
- improving safety for commuters
- second entrance near Walkers Road
- to improve access
- safe indoor waiting areas
- island platform with a light, sleek central canopy
- better weather protection on platforms –
- to shade and shelter
- removing the Carrum train storage facility will provide space for commuter car parking and new community spaces near Carrum Station.
New village square and beach promenade
When we asked the local community what they wanted as part of Carrum’s revitalisation, we heard that improved, safe connections between the beach, station and shops are important.
Locals also wanted increased parking, and flexible community spaces that can be used year-round.
The McLeod Road extension and new beach promenade will provide safer access to the beach and more community space. Dozens of additional car parks will be added across the beach promenade and village square. The square will also include vibrant open space and facilities to actively link both sides of Carrum.
How you can help transform Carrum
Building on the feedback already received, now is the time to decide what's included in the revitalisation.
We want to hear your thoughts on these new community spaces – how you want them to look and how you want to use them.
We want your feedback on:
- the new village square and the promenade along the extension of McLeod Road to the beach
- streetscaping and landscaping
- walking and cycling connections.
- You’ll have the opportunity to contribute your ideas in early 2018 via:
- community forums
- our online engagement hub
- your Carrum Revitalisation Reference Group members.
Carrum Revitalisation Reference Group (CRRG)
The CRRG has been established with local traders, community representatives and industry experts. It will help to shape the revitalisation of Carrum as designs are developed.
The Group will input on:
- optimising the new community spaces for year-round, multipurpose use
- landscaping design and plant varieties
- locations for pedestrian connections.
Feedback and ideas from the community will be presented at CRRG meetings.
For more information on the CRRG and its members, visit our website at levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/crossings/station-street-Carrum
Safer walking and cycling connections
Getting to the beach from Carrum village and the station will be easier for cyclists and pedestrians with four safe crossings across Nepean Highway.
The existing pedestrian crossing will remain across the Nepean Highway and new crossings will be added at McLeod Road, Progress Avenue and near the Carrum Bowling Club.
A walking and cycling underpass will also be created at Eel Race Road. A new, continuous walking and cycling path will run from Carrum through Seaford and on to Frankston.
- Construction starts on Station Street road bridge across Patterson River.
- Preparation works for Carrum level crossing removals.
- Station Street road bridge across Patterson River will open.
- Carrum train storage facility gone.
- Major works start to remove Carrum's level crossings.
Why we're doing this
There have been 41 reported safety incidents across Station Street, Eel Race Road and Mascot Avenue level crossings between 2005 and 2014.
Congestion and traffic improvements
Major road network improvements will significantly reduce congestion, removing the need for drivers to rat-run through local roads.
Getting around Carrum will become safer and easier for everyone, with a decrease in travel times for most trips in the area.
Removing the boom gates at Station Street will provide nearly twice as much time to keep traffic moving through Carrum, meaning no more waiting for trains.