Level Crossing Removal Project – Carrum and Kananook

Location \ Carrum and Kananook
Client \ Victorian Government, Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA)
Budget \ $588 M (total project value)
Duration \ 2020 – 2021
In partnership with \ Cox Architecture

The Victorian Government’s Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRA) is overseeing the largest rail infrastructure project in the state’s history. It will see the removal of 75 of Melbourne’s most congested level crossings by 2025.

Rush Wright Associates is working with the Southern Project Alliance, (LXRA) and the Victorian Government on the design and delivery of these 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 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.

Karrum Karrum Bridge

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

The Yarning Circle shown below celebrates shell midden sites that built up in and around Carrum over thousands of years. The scattered paving stones represent discarded shellfish bones.

In partnership with Cox the Carrum Station and Foreshore Precinct received the Joseph Reed Award for Urban Design and an award for Public Architecture at the 2021 AIA Victorian Awards. 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.”

Images above and below by Peter Clarke and Michael Wright.