The Andrews Labor Government will get rid of three dangerous level crossings and ugly train stabling, and replace them with a new Carrum village built around a modern new station – revitalising the bayside suburb forever.
Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan joined Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny today to unveil the massive plan, which includes a complete reconfiguration of the local road network.
The project will finally extend Station Street over the Patterson River, and close the level crossings at Station Street, Eel Race Road, and Mascot Avenue.
McLeod Road – the main arterial – will be extended to the Nepean Highway with a level crossing-free road intersection, a short modern rail bridge and brand new Carrum station.
This massive reconfiguration of the road and rail network will safely separate trains from traffic, reduce congestion and improve access to houses, shops and the bay.
The existing train stabling yard at Carrum will be moved to a new, purpose built facility in Kananook with more space for the extra trains that will run on the Frankston line because of the Metro Tunnel.
Removing the crossings and stabling will create space for a massive new village area, with the fenced-off old train yard transformed in to community space.
The revitalisation provides opportunities for more parking, parkland and bike paths, as well as new community facilities, better access to the foreshore and a range of other improvements that will be determined in consultation with locals.
Building the new stabling facility will require the acquisition of seven commercial properties in Kananook. The Level Crossing Removal Authority will continue to work closely with all affected businesses, to assist them through the acquisition process and help them find alternative premises. No houses will be acquired.
The design solution at Carrum is the result of consultation, as well as exhaustive technical investigations, which determined that a rail trench was not feasible due to the proximity of the project to the Patterson River.
Construction on the project is expected to start next year. For more information, visit levelcrossings.vic.gov.au.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan
“This project will transform Carrum – reducing congestion, improving public transport and saving lives.”
“These congested deathtraps bring Carrum to a standstill every morning – frustrating locals and putting lives at risk. We promised to get rid of them and we’re getting on with it.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny
“Not only will we remove these level crossings – we will turn the ugly stabling yard in to a new Carrum village that will transform our community forever.”