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Progress continues on Pakenham level crossing removals

Pakenham level crossing

The removal of three congested level crossings in Pakenham and an extension of the rail line to Pakenham East have progressed.

The level crossings at McGregor Road, Main Street and Racecourse Road will be gone for good and new, modern, accessible stations at Pakenham and Pakenham East will open to passengers in 2024.

An elevated rail bridge has taken shape and Main Street is re-opening to traffic following the installation of a 7.5 metre concrete pylon to support the new bridge.

More than 30 concrete L-beams have been installed at the Pakenham station to create the elevated rail bridge. The beams will soon be installed above Main Street and McGregor Road.

Work has also progressed on the new Pakenham station, which is expected to provide safer and more direct connections between public transport and local amenities, as well as extra parking.


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Member for Pakenham Emma Vulin said the works are set to modernise the town.

“Removing these three level crossings will make Pakenham a better place to be by improving safety, creating better access in and out of the town centre and more open space for everyone to enjoy,” Vulin said.

The new Pakenham East station will remove a V/Line and Metro Trains bottleneck, minimising congestion and boosting reliability for both regional and metropolitan passengers in the south-east.

The station will include 300 car parks as well as bike facilities, bus bays and dedicated pick-up and drop-off zones close to the station.

The level crossing removals are part of a wider Pakenham Roads Upgrade that includes improvements to Racecourse Road, McGregor Road and the Princes Freeway; and linking Healesville-Koo Wee Rup Road with projects along Racecourse Road.

The Metro Tunnel will open to passengers in 2025, with Pakenham line trains running exclusively through the new tunnel and stopping at five new underground stations in and around the Melbourne CBD.

Across Melbourne, 67 level crossings have been removed with 110 to go by 2030.

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