Station Street and Eel Race Road, Carrum community update - June 2019
18 Jun 2019
Traffic changes in Carrum
Major works are underway to remove three level crossings, build a new Carrum Station and create a more direct road network that will reduce travel times.
The Station Street level crossing is now closed so we can continue building the temporary rail track to keep trains running through Carrum during works. The closure also allows us to create one large work site, making it safer for the community while we get on with the job.
We try to minimise disruptions as much as possible, however to keep you safe there will be some changes to how drivers, cyclists and pedestrians travel through Carrum while our works are underway.
These changes will be in place until the direct connection of McLeod Road to the Nepean Highway and new Carrum Station opens in early 2020.
Moving through Carrum during construction
Detours for drivers
Drivers can use the new Karrum Karrum Bridge and Mascot Avenue level crossing when travelling between McLeod Road and the Nepean Highway.
More green time at Mascot
The traffic light sequence at the Mascot Avenue level crossing has been updated to provide more green time for traffic to cross the Frankston line, helping to keep you moving while work is underway. On the Nepean Highway, lights at the Station Street level crossing will be updated so they only turn red when pedestrians are waiting to safely cross the road.
Our traffic team and VicRoads will continue to monitor how traffic is moving through the area throughout our works.
Walking and cycling
A temporary pedestrian crossing with automatic gates will be installed about 50 metres north of Carrum Station in July 2019 to maintain safe access across the Frankston line.
A walkway will be created linking the temporary crossing to the Nepean Highway traffic lights.
A zebra crossing and flashing lights will be installed across Station Street, creating safe access for pedestrians while works are underway.
Between 6 and 29 July 2019 a shuttle bus will provide pedestrians with safe access across the Frankston line, while we build the temporary pedestrian crossing.
Changes to parking
There will be no parking from 6.30 to 9.30am along Nepean Highway, so four traffic lanes can be maintained, minimising impacts to traffic during the peak.
Parking in front of local shops on Station Street and the Nepean Highway will remain throughout construction.
For the safety of the community and our workers the speed limit on Station Street and the Nepean Highway will be reduced to 40km/h in Carrum throughout our works.
Once work site barriers are installed along Station Street, traffic will return to one lane each way from Eel Race Road through to Bonbeach.
The majority of construction worker and vehicle access to the site will be from Nepean Highway. There will be an increase in heavy vehicles in the area as construction ramps up.
Please observe the reduced speed limits and traffic signs in the area for your safety.
Property access maintained
Access to local businesses and properties will be maintained during our works in Carrum.
Faces of our traffic team
We have 20 to 30 traffic controllers working in Carrum during these works, with up to 60 during major works. Our traffic controllers are here to keep you and our workers safe during the changing traffic conditions – so please be patient and don't forget to wave.
Adam has lived in the area all his life having grown up in Seaford (where his mum still lives) and more recently moving to Patterson Lakes. He has worked in traffic management for eight years and says it’s the people that make his job great – from those who wave as they pass to the pedestrians who stop for a chat.
His advice to locals is to not only be calm and patient, but excited about the benefits the works will bring to the community. “I’ve lived here for 30 years. I’ve seen the area grow slowly, but this is a major project that is going to bring Carrum into the 21st century. All this work is for the benefit of the community.”
Dee is one of the rising stars in our traffic team, having recently won an award recognising her commitment to safety in traffic management. Last year she was also runner-up in the Victorian Traffic Controller of the Year Award. According to Dee, her favourite aspect of traffic management is that it changes every day.
Dee has been working in traffic management for the last four years. During the Seaford Road level crossing removal, she managed a team of more than 30 traffic controllers during the August–September rail shutdown. When she’s not managing traffic Dee plays centre-half-back for the Mornington Bulldogs and has been selected for the South-East Interleague team.
Support shopping local Carrum
Don't forget, your favourite local shops are still open for business during our works. Help support your vibrant beachside shopping strip by shopping local whenever you can.
We'll be hosting regular community events to keep you up to date on the project.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How does the closure of the Station Street level crossing affect me?
We’ve done extensive traffic management planning to make sure we keep the community moving safely through the area during major works.
Drivers can use the new Karrum Karrum Bridge and Mascot Avenue, Bonbeach level crossing when travelling between McLeod Road and Nepean Highway, or cross the Frankston line at Seaford Road where we’ve removed a level crossing.
These traffic changes will be in place until the new direct connection between McLeod Road and Nepean Highway opens in early 2020.
Why do you need to close this level crossing?
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.
What detours will be in place?
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 the level crossing.
Clear signage will be in place.
Will there be traffic changes along Station Street, Carrum?
Barriers will be installed at the level crossing and traffic will flow in one lane, in each direction, along Station Street.
Will pedestrian access stay open?
Pedestrians can still cross at the Station Street level crossing until 1:15am 6 July 2019. On 29 July a temporary pedestrian crossing will be installed to the north of the existing Station Street crossing. Between these dates a shuttle bus will be available to transport pedestrians between Station Street and the Nepean Highway, while we build the temporary pedestrian crossing.
When will the new McLeod Road connection open?
The direct connection between McLeod Road and Nepean Highway will open in early 2020.
When will the Eel Race Road and Mascot Avenue level crossings close?
The Mascot Avenue, Bonbeach level crossing will help us manage traffic while major works are underway.
Both crossings are expected to close in early 2020.
How can I stay up to date on these changes?
We’ll update our disruptions page regularly during works to keep you informed about what’s happening in your neighbourhood.