Carrum community update – November 2020
01 Nov 2020
The Carrum revitalisation is now complete
Your new foreshore park is open
We're 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.
Earlier this year we removed the dangerous and congested Station Street Level Crossing and opened the new Carrum station. Over the past few months, we have been moving ahead with the Carrum revitilisation works, these works were deemed critical under Stage 4 restrictions and able to continue with strict health and safety protocols in place.
With the main project site office at Carrum gone the southern car park is now open for rail passengers. The new McLeod Road extension has been completed with locals now able to get to the beach and the new foreshore park. Throughout October we laid the final road surface and completed line marking works in stages along the Nepean Highway, McLeod Road intersection and Station Street.
We've installed a new shade canopy at the village green to make sure the space can be enjoyed by the community all year round. The village green is located under the rail bridge and provides seating terraces, deck area, a generous grassed area and easy access to the local shops.
The new signalised pedestrian crossings, installed in August across the Nepean Highway, Eel Race Road and Station Street, are now operational. This creates safer connections between public transport, local shops and the beach.
What we've delivered
- Removed three level crossings
- Built the new Carrum Station
- Created 1.2 hectares of open space
- Built Karrum Karrum bridge
- Developed the new promenade and direct connection to beach – including new McLeod Rd intersection.
New open space
The new foreshore park is ready for summer
As the weather warms up the new foreshore park will be the perfect place for fun, with a water play area, barbecues, seating, shade canopies and generous grassed areas.
This new vibrant open space will connect and enhance Carrum’s beachside feel, with cool and shady places for respite during the hot summer months while locals and visitors enjoy the beach.
We heard locals wanted a wide range of planting with a mix of indigenous and native trees, shrubs, and statement trees that reflect and enhance Carrum’s beachside look and feel. A total of 500 new trees and 80,000 plants, shrubs and grasses have been planted in the area.
Banksia trees were planted in the new foreshore park, along Station Street and the Nepean Highway, that will create spreading canopies, for shade in the hot summer months. Norfolk Island pines have also been planted to provide company to the large lone pine we were able to keep throughout construction.
All plants have been specifically chosen to thrive in Carrum’s coastal conditions and there is a two-year period where the project team will continue to monitor the plants.
We’ve also incorporated some local history into the new design. The red brick bench seats along the newly paved Old Post Office Lane were salvaged from the old Carrum Station, thanks to the feedback from members of the Carrum Revitalisation Reference Group.
Carrum's new open spaces are connected by the new shared use path that runs along Station Street, with six new pedestrian crossings across Station Street and five across Nepean Highway, providing safer walking and cycling access throughout Carrum and to the beach.
The path will soon connect to Seaford, Kananook and Frankston stations as works in Seaford wrap up in late 2020.
By 2022 there will be one continuous 12-kilometre path from Edithvale to Frankston.
Carrum is looking more colourful than ever thanks to some amazing artwork on the new Eel Race Road underpass.
Painted by local Indigenous artists, the mural promotes and celebrates the culture and heritage of the Traditional Owners, the Boon Wurrung community. The symbols and patterns in the artwork capture the diverse landscapes of the area and represent flora and fauna that live on country.
The artwork also acknowledges the connected relationship between the Traditional Owners and the land. There's still more artwork to come at Karrum Karrum Bridge and the new basketball half-court.
We've come a long way in Carrum.
The new Karrum Karrum Bridge has created a new connection for locals to travel through the area, while the yarning circle and urban marker showcase Carrum's Indigenous heritage.
Station Street pedestrian and cycling access
Carrum's new shared use path will soon connect to Seaford, Kananook and Frankston stations. When ready, in 2022 it will run for 12 kilometres from Edithvale to Frankston.
Station Street level crossing
This dangerous and congested level crossing has now been replaced with a rail bridge, opening up space and providing safe connections to local shops and the beach.
The new Carrum Station includes a climate-controlled waiting room at ground level, accessible toilets, and more bike storage.
McLeod Road extension and foreshore park
Locals can now drive straight to the beach or enjoy a stroll through the new community space which includes barbecue facilities and shaded areas.
New open space
The removal of three level crossings has also created 1.2 hectares of new community space which is the equivalent of AAMI Stadium for locals to now enjoy.