Trains are now running on a new one kilometre rail bridge in Narre Warren, Melbourne, following the removal of a boom gate at Webb Street.
The old boom gates were located in the heart of Narre Warren’s shopping district and would previously be down for 33 per cent of the morning peak.
Works are continuing on the new Narre Warren Station, which when open will house two accessible elevated platforms, secure bike storage, a new kiosk and improved pedestrian connections.
It will also have bigger bus bays and a signalised pedestrian crossing on Webb Street, a new drop-off and taxi zone, upgrades to existing car parks, CCTV and improved lighting.
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The crossing is the 14th to be removed on the Pakenham line, with all level crossings on the line set to be gone by 2025.
While works ramp up on the new Narre Warren station, trains will run express through the station until late March 2024. Shuttle buses will also help to move passengers.
Member for Narre Warren North Belinda Wilson said removing all level crossings from the Pakenham Line will help to transform the way people travel in Melbourne’s south-east.
“With 19 near misses in 12 years, locals will be relieved to know the Webb Street level crossing is gone for good, with a brand new Narre Warren Station to follow next year,” Wilson said.
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