THE Victorian Government last month announced that construction to remove level crossings on the Frankston line will get underway in 2018, beginning in Carrum and Seaford.
A Lendlease, Acciona Coleman and WSP consortium has been awarded the contract to remove four level crossings at Mascot Avenue, Bonbeach, Station Street and Eel Race Road in Carrum, and Seaford Road, Seaford.
In addition to the removal of the four level crossings, the $588 million project will also build a new Station Street road-bridge over the Patterson River and reconfigure local roads to connect McLeod Road to the Nepean Highway.
Train stabling will be moved away from Carrum with a new train storage facility near Kananook Station to allow up to 24 trains to be stored, up from the current six at Carrum.
At Seaford, the R.F Miles reserves and surrounds will be upgraded as part of the Seaford Road level crossing removal.
The first stage of the works will begin early this year with the new road bridge across Patterson River connecting Bonbeach and Carrum via Station Street for the first time. The road bridge will be complete by the end of next year and provide a local alternative to Nepean Highway.
Walking and cycling will also be made easier, with four safe crossings across the Nepean Highway and a new path stretching all the way to Frankston via Seaford Station and a new pedestrian underpass at Eel Race Road.
In addition, Carrum Village will be revitalised around a new station and promenade that will extend McLeod Road to the beach, connecting both sides of Carrum with new parking and more open space.