Carrum community update – December 2019
27 Dec 2019
The Level Crossing Removal Project is removing 18 level crossings and building 12 new stations as part of a $3 billion upgrade of the Frankston line that will improve safety, reduce congestion and allow more trains to run more often.
Footpath upgrades on Station Street are now complete and landscaping works are underway. New on-street car parking for safe and easy access to local shops is back for summer. Thanks for supporting local traders during these works.
We're taking a break over the holidays and we hope you are too.
We will be back in early January to start road surfacing works on the Nepean Highway to connect to McLeod Road. There will be changes to the way you travel.
Buses will replace trains on the Frankston line from Moorabbin, Frankston and Stony Point from 1am Sunday 2 February 2020 until last train Sunday 16 February 2020. During this time, we’ll work around the clock to get Carrum's new station and road network ready.
On Monday 10 February 2020 the direct connection between McLeod Road and the Nepean Highway will open to vehicles and pedestrians.
The new Carrum Station will open on Monday 17 February 2020. Entry to the station will be from the Walkers Road entrance via a new pedestrian connection across Station Street.
Works will continue to complete the station until mid 2020.
We aim to minimise disruptions from our works as much as possible. To receive SMS updates about traffic disruptions direct to your phone, text ‘Carrum’ to 0429 839 892.
Check out our Building Carrum Station fact sheet on our website for details about the new station opening soon.
Travel changes early 2020
There will be some major changes to how you travel through the area from January 2020 as we continue with important road upgrades.
In early February 2020 the dangerous level crossings at Eel Race Road and Mascot Avenue will permanently close. We're extending McLeod Road right through to the beach, improving traffic flow for this key connection between Nepean Highway, Frankston Freeway and EastLink.
From Monday 6 January to Sunday 19 January 2020 we will start road surfacing works on the Nepean Highway to connect to McLeod Road.
For about two weeks from late February 2020 we will be upgrading footpaths and continuing road surfacing works. During these times the Nepean Highway will be reduced to one lane in each direction.
To maintain traffic flow there will be no right turns when heading south and no parking between Stephens Street and Progress Avenue. The U-turn bay at Eel Race Road will enable drivers to access properties and the beach.
From late January to Monday 17 February 2020 traffic on Station Street between Mascot Avenue and Walkers Road will be reduced to one way due to an increase in heavy vehicles accessing the site.
Traffic can only travel in a southern direction between Mascot Avenue and McLeod Road. Traffic can only travel in a northern direction between Walkers Road and McLeod Road. Traffic management and detours will be in place to help you move safely through the area.
Level crossing closures
From Sunday 2 February 2020 the dangerous level crossings at Eel Race Road and Mascot Avenue, Bonbeach will permanently close.
We will also start removing the temporary track that has kept Frankston line trains running so we can connect McLeod Road directly to Nepean Highway, creating boom gate-free roads in Carrum.
These closures need to take place during the closure of the Frankston line to enable power and signalling works for the new rail bridge, excavation and piling for the new walking and cycling underpass at Eel Race Road and track and signalling works to create a turnaround point for Frankston line trains near Mascot Avenue.
Detours via Bondi, Bonbeach, Edithvale and Seaford roads until the new McLeod Road connection opens on Monday 10 February 2020.
Walking and cycling
From Sunday 2 February 2020 the temporary pedestrian crossing across the rail line will be permanently closed so we can connect power and signalling for the new Carrum Station.
A shuttle bus will provide pedestrians with safe access across the Frankston line while we complete the McLeod Road connection. Bus stop locations will be confirmed closer to the time.
Pedestrian and cyclist access is also available along the foreshore via the ramps at Karrum Karrum Bridge. For safe beach access, we recommend locals use Johnson Avenue due to heavy vehicle activity on Old Post Office Lane.
For the safety of the community and our workers the speed limit on Station Street and the Nepean Highway is 40 kilometres per hour in Carrum throughout works.
There will be ongoing changes to traffic conditions and new pedestrian crossings installed. Please observe the reduced speed limit and traffic signs for the safety of pedestrians, cyclists, other drivers and workers.
Access to local businesses and properties will be maintained during works. Thank you for supporting local traders during disruptions.
Frankston line closure
Buses replace trains between Moorabbin, Frankston and Stony Point from Sunday 2 February 2020 to Sunday 16 February 2020. During this time, we’ll be working around the clock to get the new Carrum Station open and finish the McLeod Road connection.
There are other Frankston line closures in January 2020 as part of works for the Metro Tunnel. Find out if you’re affected at bigbuild.vic.gov.au.
Train replacement bus stop locations may change and passengers will be advised ahead of time.
Swim safe this summer
Carrum Surf Life Saving Club has been an icon on the Carrum foreshore for the last century. President Ben Rooks joined the club in the early 1990s and has been advocating for the safety of beachgoers and the community ever since.
Last year alone, there were 11 rescues at Carrum beach and hundreds of preventative actions taken by lifesavers. The most common days for rescues are sunny, calm days where a quick wind change causes swimmers to drift and land in trouble.
The club is also a thriving community organisation. The popular Nippers program brings up to 150 kids to Carrum beach every Saturday during summer, to learn beach safety, keep fit and make friends.
Adults don’t miss out either, with lots of training and personal development courses available to members. Locals can also drop in to their annual comedy and trivia nights or hire the clubroom for events, with a stunning backdrop of the bay.
New members are always welcome, so if you’re new to the area or want to join a social, community focused group, visit the Carrum Surf Life Saving Club website, carrumslsc.com. Have a great summer and stay safe in the surf!
Ben's tips for staying safe this summer
- Swim between the flags, or as close to the Carrum Surf Life Saving Club as possible. Lifesavers can’t save you if they can’t see you.
- Avoid swimming near Patterson River. The stretch of beach between Stephens Street and Patterson River is not safe. Many rescues occur due to swimmers drifting into the river mouth.
- To safely access the beach use Johnson Avenue as there is heavy vehicle activity on Old Post Office Lane.
- Look out for signs directing you to safe swimming zones. Pedestrians can get to the beach at the temporary pedestrian crossing at Stephens Street or via the new Karrum Karrum Bridge.
Need a break from the sun?
Your favourite local shops are open for business during works. On weekends, lifesavers patrol from 12pm to 5.30pm. On hot days and holidays, hours are extended.
Community pop up early next year
It's going to be a busy start to the year as works ramp up to open the new Carrum Station and McLeod Road connection. Our team will be out and about in early 2020 to answer your questions about upcoming works.
Sign up to receive email updates on our website and keep an eye out on our Facebook page for event details.
- Nepean Highway reduced to one lane in each direction in Carrum from Monday 6 January to Sunday 19 January 2020.
- No right turn on between Stephens Street and Progress Avenue Monday 6 January to Sunday 19 January 2020. Drivers can safely U turn at Eel Race Road to access properties and the beach.
- From late January to Monday 17 February 2020 traffic can only travel one way between Mascot Avenue and Walkers Road.
- The Eel Race Road level crossing will permanently close from 1am Sunday 2 February 2020.
- The Mascot Avenue level crossing will permanently close from 1am Sunday 2 February 2020.
- Changed parking conditions on Nepean Highway until mid February 2020.
- Buses replace trains on the Frankston line from Moorabbin, Frankston and Stony Point from 1am Sunday 2 February to last train Sunday 16 February 2020.
- There are other Frankston line closures in January 2020 as part of works for the Metro Tunnel. Find out if you’re affected at bigbuild.vic.gov.au
- Shuttle buses continue between Seaford and Bonbeach stations to connect locals to train services until the new Carrum Station opens on Monday 17 February 2020.
- Shuttle buses to Seaford Station depart from the corner of McLeod Road and Station Street.
- Shuttle buses to Bonbeach Station depart from McLeod Road.
- Train replacement bus stop locations may change for the February Frankston line closure. Passengers will be advised ahead of time.
- Most train replacement buses are low-floor models for accessibility – if you need further assistance to travel, alternative transport can be arranged by calling PTV on 1800 800 007.
Walking and cycling
- The temporary pedestrian crossing near Stephens Street will close permanently from 1am Sunday 2 February 2020.
- A shuttle bus will provide pedestrians with safe access across the Frankston line from Sunday 2 February to Sunday 16 February 2020.
- Pedestrian access to local shops is open at all times.
- For safe beach access use Johnson Avenue due to heavy vehicles on Old Post Office Lane.