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We're removing 10 more level crossings by 2025, bringing the total to 85 level crossings gone for good.

Carrum community update - February 2020

17 Feb 2020

Boom gates gone

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.

Carrum is now level crossing free with trains running on the new rail bridge and stopping at the new Carrum Station.

Thanks for your patience during the recent two-week construction blitz.

The new direct connection from McLeod Road to Nepean Highway is open, creating safer connections for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. This new connection has been designed to keep traffic moving with new traffic lights and dedicated turning lanes.

It was great to see so many locals up bright and early for the first train service at your new Carrum Station. There’s still more to come as we continue work on station buildings, car parks and landscaping.

We’ll move our work site to under the rail bridge over the coming months to safely finish works on the station and prepare the area for the new foreshore park.

Traffic management will continue while we complete kerb and footpath upgrades on Nepean Highway and build the new walking and cycling underpass at Eel Race Road.

The speed limit in Carrum will remain 40 kilometres per hour during works for the safety of the community and our crew.

Level crossing being removed in Carrum

Shopping Local - Beach Bar @ Carrum

For old friends Kylie Armstrong and Marinette Dames, opening a cafe come restaurant next to Carrum Beach is a dream come true.

This pair of like-minded entrepreneurs met working in community services and bonded while competing in dragon boat racing, over a post-race coffee in Carrum, they daydreamed about opening their own gathering place.

Their main motivation for starting Beach Bar @ Carrum was to connect with the community over their three great loves: coffee, food and people, with beer a close fourth.

Since opening in early February these Carrum locals have received nothing but love from the community, with locals stopping by to give their encouragement and support during recent renovations.

Next time you go to the beach, check out Carrum’s newest hot spot. Their mouthwatering all day menu has everything from brunch classics, pub favourites and delectable desserts. There’s a sandpit and kids’ play area and dogs are welcome too.

Find Beach Bar @ Carrum at 611 Nepean Highway. Open 7am to 6pm Sunday to Thursday and 7am to 10pm on Friday and Saturday. Keep an eye out for events in the coming year.

Check out Beach Bar @ Carrum on Facebook and Instagram or call 9772 8665 for more information or to make a booking.

Workers at Beach bar in Carrum

Find the golden ticket and win

Spend $15 at any participating local trader in Carrum from now until Sunday 8 March to go in our Golden Ticket competition with hundreds of instant prizes up for grabs.

Lucky winners who get a golden ticket can claim their prize from the shop listed on the ticket. You can enter as many times as you like.

For a list of participating traders and terms and conditions, click here.

What's next?

All station facilities will be ready for use by mid 2020. This staged approach means we can keep you moving while we finish the job.

Main station entrance

The main station entrance at McLeod Road will open once works are completed on station facilities including the new climate-controlled waiting area, lift tower and kiosk.

Did you know?

A 25-metre high periscope in the lift tower at the main station entrance will provide passengers with a glimpse of the Port Phillip Bay horizon and ever-changing weather conditions, truly unique to Carrum.

A 25-metre high periscope in the lift tower at the main station entrance at Carrum Station

Walking and cycling

A secure bike storage cage will be built at the main station entrance and bike hoops will be installed at both station entrances ready for use in mid 2020.

Works will also get underway on the new shared use path along Station Street.

This will link to the six-kilometre shared path being built as part of the Seaford Road Level Crossing Removal Project.

The path will eventually create more than 11 kilometres of continuous walking and cycling path from Edithvale to Frankston as level crossing removals are completed along the Frankston line.

New signalised walking and cycling connections have been installed at the new McLeod Road connection making it safer and easier to get to local shops, public transport and the beach.

Five pedestrian crossings from Patterson River to Keast Park will provide safe access across Nepean Highway to the beach for Carrum locals.

Car parking

All station car parking will be centrally located under the new rail bridge for safe and easy access to public transport. Kiss and ride, taxi bays and Accessibility Parking Permit Scheme spaces will be located near station entrances.

We’ll start installing lighting and laying asphalt soon in preparation to open station car parks. All station car parking will be available by mid 2020.

New short term car parking in the village green will be available in the coming months, improving access to local shops and the beach.

Progress in pictures

Bye-bye boom gates

Got rid of the boom gates at Eel Race Road and Mascot Avenue in Bonbeach
Boom gate signals removed at Mascot Avenue 
Excavation works

Started piling and earthworks for the new Eel Race Road walking and cycling underpass
Excavation works in Carrum 

Tore up the temporary track

Removed the temporary track that’s kept Frankston line trains running during major works

temporary track in Carrum to keep the Frankston line running 
Got McLeod Road moving

Installed traffic lights and finished kerb works to connect McLeod Road to Nepean Highway
First car to go through McLeod Road 
Prepared the platform Weather

protection pods and final features installed on the new station platform
Installing weather protection pods into place at Carrum Station 
Connected Carrum Station

Power and signalling works connected the new rail bridge to the Frankston line and we tested trains before the grand opening
View of works from the old Mascot Avenue 

Landscaping and planting

Revitalisation works will get underway soon, ready for locals to enjoy by the end of the year.

Four new community open spaces will be created, including a town square at Carrum Station’s main entrance and a station garden at the southern entrance.

A new village green will connect Station Street and Nepean Highway, improving access to local shops and the beach.

The new foreshore park will include spaces locals can enjoy all year round with a cafe or kiosk, picnic tables and seating, barbecues and a water play area.

Planting of more than 80,000 mostly native and indigenous trees and shrubs will start from mid to late 2020 to maximise growth during spring.

Connected Carrum Station

Power and signalling works connected the new rail bridge to the Frankston line and we tested trains before the grand opening

Want more?

Check out the image gallery on our website.

Your new station

  • 207 piles form the foundation
  • 36 piers each weighing up to 60 tonnes
  • 32 concrete U-troughs form the new rail bridge

Travel changes


From mid March 2020 Nepean Highway will be reduced to two lanes for kerb and footpath upgrades, with traffic management in place to help you move safely.

From mid March to mid June 2020 there will be traffic management at times on Station Street between Patterson River and Walkers Road for kerb and footpath upgrades.

Speed limit through Carrum is reduced to 40 kilometres per hour for the safety of the community and our workers.

Walking and cycling

For safe beach access use Johnson Avenue due to heavy vehicles on Old Post Office Lane.

Carrum Station main entrance design

Project timeline

Early 2020
  • Carrum Station opens at Walkers Road
  • Works continue on station facilities
  • Revitalisation works start
Mid 2020
  • Climate controlled waiting area complete
  • Secure bike storage cage and bike hoops
  • Carrum Station opens at McLeod Road
  • Bus bays, kiss & ride and taxi rank opens
  • All station car parking open
Late 2020
  • Eel Race Road walking and cycling underpass opens
  • Planting starts
  • Direct connection from McLeod Road to the beach opens
  • Revitalisation works complete

*Dates and activities subject to change

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