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Station Street and Eel Race Road, Carrum community update - May 2019

20 May 2019

What’s happening

Beach access along Patterson River is back and pedestrians and cyclists are now enjoying the new ramp on the northern side of the new Karrum Karrum Bridge. Work is continuing on the southern ramp, which will open mid 2019.

Our new site office on the Nepean Highway is up and running. We’ve removed parking along Old Post Office Lane and encourage pedestrians to use Johnson Street for safe access to the foreshore due to an increase in heavy vehicles.

The rail shut down in early April saw crews upgrade signalling equipment and underground services and install overhead structures for the temporary rail track at Carrum. The track will minimise disruptions to Frankston line commuters while major works are underway.

From early May you’ll start to notice a lot more construction activity in the area as we prepare to remove the Carrum train storage facility and continue constructing the temporary rail track.

We’ll continue to upgrade drainage along Station Street between Walkers Road and Tregent Lane. This work will be done in sections to minimise disruption to the local community. Some night works will be required to minimise disruptions to traffic and local businesses.

In the next month, there will be changes to parking along Nepean Highway between the Station Street level crossing and Eel Race Road. Barriers will also be installed along this section of the Nepean Highway as we establish our work site.

Long-term changes will begin from May - read on to make sure you're prepared.

View of the water from the shared pedestrian and cyclist path in Carrum

Last days of being stuck at the Station Street level crossing

The Station Street level crossing will permanently close to vehicles from 10:00pm Friday 17 May 2019 so we can continue to build the temporary rail track. This will enable us to keep trains running throughout the majority of time we are constructing the new rail bridge.

The closure allows us to create one large work site, making it safer for the community while we get on with removing level crossings and building the new Carrum Station.

Drivers can use the new Karrum Karrum Bridge and Mascot Avenue, Bonbeach level crossing when travelling between McLeod Road and the Nepean Highway. Drivers can also use Seaford Road, where we've already removed a level crossing.

These changes will be in place until the new direct connection between McLeod Road and Nepean Highway opens in early 2020, meaning improved travel times through the area and safer conditions for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

Pedestrians and cyclists can continue to cross the rail line at the Station Street level crossing until Carrum Station closes in July 2019.

Further details about these changes will be provided closer to the time.

Time to make way for the new Carrum Station

Carrum Station will close from Friday 5 July 2019 to make way for the rail bridge and new Carrum Station. During the station closure trains will run express through Carrum Station. Buses will run between Seaford and Bonbeach stations, stopping in Carrum to keep locals moving.

We’ve also worked with local councils to provide alternative parking near other stations during the closure at:

  • Seaford North Reserve
  • Chelsea Library
  • Bonbeach foreshore.

More details about these changes and bus replacement services will be provided closer to the closure. The new modern Carrum Station will open in early 2020.

Carrum Station from the tracks

A sweet friendship at Cake for Days

Imagine the mouth-watering aromas of cakes baking while you work. This is the reality for the talented Katie and Tegan from Cake for Days, Carrum’s very own cake magicians.

Katie and Tegan have been best friends since they were eight years old. Learning their skills by working in local cake shops, watching YouTube and lots of practice, they decided in late 2017 it was time to start their own business.

Working from Katie’s home in Carrum, Katie bakes and Tegan decorates, sometimes up to 15 (extremely decadent!) cakes per week.It’s a busy life juggling family and a small business, but sometimes they pinch themselves that their dream of making cakes together is a reality.

Head to the Cake for Days Facebook page to see their truly special creations and put in an order just in time to impress Mum for Mother’s Day!

Katie and Tegan from 'Cakes for Days

Thank you for Shopping Local, Carrum

Thanks to you, our Shopping Local competition was a success with more than 150 entrants. Our lucky winners have taken home an assortment of vouchers from local businesses, whose support and enthusiasm made the competition what it was.

Look out for more exciting Shopping Local fun throughout the year.

Carrum Info Hub moves on

After more than 1000 visitors we have closed the Carrum Info Hub, as we prepare to move it to another project. We’ve enjoyed meeting locals who were keen to talk about the project and attend the hub’s many events.

Our final event was the Carrum Family Day and Easter Egg Hunt where families celebrated the start of the April school holidays hunting for treats and gaining their very own model train driver’s licence.

The day gave us the chance to talk to youngsters about safety around rail and construction. To ensure you are kept informed we will continue to host pop up events at various locations around Carrum for the rest of our works.

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Locals can pop in to the site office at 640 Nepean Highway, Carrum between 11:00am to 2:00pm Wednesdays or make an appointment with our community team at contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au or 1800 105 105.

Kids at the Carrum Family Day and Easter Egg Hunt

Upcoming disruptions

Road

  • Station Street level crossing and sections of Station Street closed nightly 7:00pm to 7:00am from Monday 29 April to Friday 10 May – detour via Eel Race Road level crossing.
  • Station Street level crossing permanently closed from 10:00pm Friday 17 May 2019 - detour via new Karrum Karrum Bridge and Mascot Avenue level crossing or Eel Race Road level crossing.

Rail

Two short rail closures are coming up in May so we can continue constructing the temporary rail track.

  • Buses replace trains between Caulfield and Frankston from 8.00pm until last service on Tuesday 14 May 2019. Journey times may increase by up to 45 minutes.
  • Buses replace trains between Mordialloc and Frankston from 9.15pm Friday 24 May until last service Sunday 26 May 2019. Journey times may increase by up to 25 minutes.

Further information is available on the PTV website or by calling 1800 800 007.

Buses

The Carrum Station bus stop for services 857 and 970 has moved to McLeod Road until early 2020.

Pedestrians and cyclists

  • Bicycle hoops at Carrum Station have moved to Bonbeach Station and bicycle lockers have been removed.
  • We’re encouraging locals to use Johnson Avenue to access the foreshore and beach due to heavy vehicle movements near Old Post Office Lane.
  • Pedestrian and cyclist access at the Station Street level crossing will stay open until a temporary pedestrian and cyclist crossing is installed in July 2019.

Project timeline

DateProgress

Early 2019

  • Ramp opens on Bonbeach side of Karrum Karrum Bridge
  • Carrum Station car park closes until early 2020
  • Relocation of rail communication cables and services on Station Street and Nepean Highway
  • Piling and overhead wiring structures installed for temporary track through Carrum
  • Station Street level crossing closes

Mid 2019

  • Carrum Station closes
  • Ramp opens on Carrum side of Karrum Karrum Bridge
  • Trains running on temporary track
  • Removal of Carrum train storage
  • Ground stabilisation to prepare for the rail bridge

Late 2019

  • Installation of elevated rail piers
  • Bridge beam installation
  • Construction of new Carrum Station starts

Early 2020

  • Direct connection between McLeod Road and Nepean Highway opens
  • New Carrum Station opens
  • Landscaping works start

* Please note that the timeline above is subject to change.

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