Level Crossing Removal Project – Carrum, Seaford and Kananook

The Victorian Government’s Level Crossing Removal Project is overseeing the largest rail infrastructure project in the state’s history. It will see the removal of 75 of Melbourne’s most dangerous and congested level crossings by 2025.The project will also see the upgrading or building of more than 27 train stations.

Removing the level crossings will reduce risk for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists as well as creating new community spaces for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Rush Wright Associates is working with the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) and the Victorian Government to assist with the upgrade of a selection of stations on the Frankston Line.

The Carrum Level Crossing Removal Project involved removing three level crossings, creating new direct roads including the new Karrum Karrum Bridge connecting Station Street across Patterson River and a $50 million revitalisation shaped by extensive community consultation.

The new modern Carrum Station will make it safer and easier for locals to get to public transport, local shops and the beach. Walking and cycling will be easier, with four safe crossings across the Nepean Highway.

Landscaping around the station as part of revitalisation works will create new open spaces for Carrum locals to enjoy throughout the year, including a station Forecourt, a new Carrum Village and a Foreshore Waterplay Park.

The new modern Carrum Station will make it safer and easier for locals to get to public transport, local shops and the beach. Walking and cycling will be easier, with four safe crossings across the Nepean Highway.

Rush Wright Associates worked with LXRP on the Karrum Karrum bridge which transforms the way locals move around Carrum. A new shared user path provides a link to the river side trail and directs people to the Yarning Circle which features designs inspired by the Traditional Owners, the Bunurong people and creates a space for locals to meet.

We worked with an indigenous artist – Michael Hromek and local indigenous groups to integrate the appropriate elements allowing to create a Songline.

The ‘Yarning circle’ creates an environment where the Traditional Owners can pass on cultural practices and values amongst their peers. It is also a setting where culture can be showcased, shared, preserved, and passed on. This work will leave a significant legacy where the Traditional owners can forever tell their story and share their culture with the wider community.

The 12 metre tall Bridge Marker features a Bunjil or wedge-tailed eagle, and diamonds, the Bunurong Symbol of unity.

Landscape Architecture: Rush Wright Associates
Architects: Cox Architecture
Project location: Corner Station Street and McLeod Road Carrum Victoria Australia 
Design year: 2017
Year Built: 2020

RECIPIENT OF THE FOLLOWING AWARDS

2021 AIA Victorian Awards – Joseph Reed Award for Urban Design.
The Jury described the project as “an extraordinary offer of civic generosity, elevating the commuter experience through the gift of a panoramic Port Phillip Bay view.

”2021 AIA Victorian Awards – Public Architecture

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