Carrum community update - November 2019
20 Nov 2019
Piers and beams have been installed and the new rail bridge is taking shape.
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.
Works are underway to get the new direct connection between McLeod Road and the Nepean Highway open in early 2020.
New traffic light equipment installed underground will be programmed to work with the new intersection at the Nepean Highway to keep traffic moving.
Dedicated lanes for traffic turning right into McLeod Road from Station Street will reduce congestion and improve travel times.
We would like to thank the community for their patience during the ten day closure of Station Street while we conducted road surfacing works.
Footpath upgrades and landscaping works in front of Station Street shops will continue until mid December – the first glimpse of what the revitalised Carrum will look like.
The first beams arrived overnight in October and deliveries will be finished soon. Delivered in two sections, duel cranes lift the beams onto the piers and we stitch them together with concrete and steel to form U-troughs. Once all beams are installed we will begin laying the rail.
To safely carry out works, there will be two short rail closures in November and December. Read on for more information.
Check out the Carrum major works fact sheet for more information about how we're building the new rail bridge.
Flavours of Carrum
On October 23 we held an event in conjunction with the Kingston Seniors Festival.
The event showcased some of the delicious treats available around Carrum and entertainment was provided by local music act The Jackson Four. Local business Spine and Joint Healthcare warmed up the crowd with a few exercises and provided tips throughout the event on staying active.
We would like to thank Freddies Kitchen, Mr Smoke Stack, Cake for Days, Carrum Station Charcoal Chicken and Ajisai for providing the food and the Carrum Surf Life Saving Club for helping us host the event.
Carrum train tour
Where is the best place to get a view of the construction in Carrum? From the train of course. In September and October we held train tours along the Frankston line.
The tours invited locals to jump on board at Bonbeach Station for a front row seat of the action in Carrum, Seaford and works on the Kananook Train Storage Facility.
Spring clean up at Pantry 5000
Pantry 5000 is a local Carrum charity, providing emergency and ongoing food relief for people facing financial difficulties.
We thought it was time to give them a helping hand, lending 28 volunteers to tackle their community garden.
The garden is a calm space where locals can come together and have a chat. It needed a bit of love after winter, so our team of green thumbs helped get it back into shape with new soil and seeds in time for summer.
Pantry 5000 is run by local volunteers and open every Wednesday from 9.30am to 1.00pm at the St Aidan’s Centre.
Make sure you knock on the door of this opportunity shop because you never know what you might find.
The Carrum Op-shop opened around 1960 and has approximately 25 volunteers who work tirelessly to achieve their ultimate goal – to make people happy. Described as a typical old-fashioned op-shop with fantastic prices to suit everyone, we're not surprised it has stood the test of time.
More than a shopping destination, the store is a family friendly place where people go for a daily chin-wag.
The volunteers would like to encourage the community to continue donating quality items especially clothing and toys between the hours of 9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday.
Thirty per cent of money made from donations goes towards organisations such as Camp Quality, the Carrum Surf Life Saving Club and Doctors Without Borders.
If you're welcoming the change of season with a good spring clean, please donate your unwanted items to Carrum Op-shop at 14 McLeod Road, Carrum. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Carrum colouring-in competition
In September we launched our third school holiday competition with help from Carrum traders.
Little Carrum locals were encouraged to visit participating traders to collect a colouring in sheet and pencils, and get creative colouring in the new Carrum Station.
We received dozens of entries and we were really impressed by Carrum’s budding artists. Winners took home a goody bag each and vouchers to their favourite local traders.
While works are on, shops are open
Pedestrian access is always open and your favourite cafes and shops would love your continued support.
Changes to your travel
- Station Street level crossing is permanently closed. Travel via the Karrum Karrum Bridge and Mascot Avenue level crossing, where the traffic sequence has changed to keep traffic flowing.
- Buses replace trains between Moorabbin and Frankston from 10pm Friday 6 December to last train Sunday 8 December.
- Carrum Station closed until early 2020. Buses will run between Seaford and Bonbeach stations to connect locals to train services.
- Shuttle buses to Seaford Station depart from the corner of McLeod Road and Station Street.
- Shuttle buses to Bonbeach Station depart from 12 McLeod Road.
- Most train replacement buses are low-floor models to assist passengers with accessibility needs. If you need further assistance to travel, alternative transport can be arranged by contacting PTV on 1800 800 007.
- On-street parking in front of the Station Street shops closed until Monday 9 December 2019 to allow pedestrians to access businesses during footpath upgrades. Alternative parking is available nearby.
- No Parking zones are on Nepean Highway between 6.30am and 9.30am Monday to Friday.
- More parking for rail passengers is available at Seaford North Reserve and Chelsea Library.
- The Carrum Station bus stop for services 857 and 970 has moved to McLeod Road until early 2020.
- Replacement buses depart from McLeod Road and Station Street.
Walking and cycling
- Pedestrian access to local shops is open at all times.
- Bicycle hoops at Carrum Station have moved to Bonbeach Station and bike lockers have been removed.
- We’re encouraging locals to use Johnson Avenue to get to the foreshore and beach due to ongoing heavy vehicle movements near Old Post Office Lane.
*Timeline subject to change
The speed limit along Station Street and the Nepean Highway has been reduced to 40 kilometres per hour. This speed restriction applies at all times due to the changed road conditions and increase in heavy vehicles.
For the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and workers please remember to observe the reduced limit at all times.
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