The Initial Works Package, awarded to SPA in late 2017, is located on the Frankston line in Melbourne’s south.
The project scope included:
- Removing four level crossings in Carrum and Seaford
- Building a new elevated Carrum Station
- Constructing a road bridge connecting Station Street across Patterson River
- Constructing the new Kananook Train Storage Facility in Seaford
- Opening new community spaces and shared-use paths
The Initial Works Package transformed the communities of Carrum and Seaford. By removing four dangerous and congested level crossings, building a new Carrum Station, and opening new community spaces, the project helped revitalise the local areas and made it safer and easier to access public transport, local shops and the beach.
In 2018 the project opened the Karrum Karrum road bridge connecting Station Street over Patterson River and removed the level crossing at Seaford Road by constructing a hybrid rail bridge/lowered road.
In early-2020 the new, elevated Carrum Station opened following the construction of a 900-metre rail bridge, removal of level crossings at Mascot Avenue, Station Street, and Eel Race Road; and opening the new McLeod Road intersection connecting Station Street to Nepean Highway. The new Kananook Train Stabling Yard was also opened in May 2020.
New community spaces opened in mid-2020 onwards including the new foreshore area in October 2020 which includes a kiosk, BBQ facilities, a water playground, public toilets, and direct access to the beach.
Indigenous design was incorporated into the project including the design of an urban marker and yarning circle as well as artwork at Seaford Road and Eel Race Road underpass. Design and delivery also incorporated sustainability with a ‘5 Star’ design outcome under the Green Star rating tool for Carrum Station, 6000 tonnes of recycled ballast, and the use of materials to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.