THE Victorian Government has unveiled plans to remove three level crossings and train stabling, and replace them with a new Carrum village built around a modern new station.
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.
The significant 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.
The removal of the level crossings and stabling will create space for a new neighbourhood village, with the fenced-off old train yard to be transformed into community space.
The revitalisation is expected to provide opportunities for more parking, parkland and bike paths, as well as new community facilities, improved foreshore access 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 and technical investigations that 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.