We're removing the dangerous and congested Clyde Road level crossing in Berwick by building a road underpass beneath the Pakenham line, improving safety and easing congestion.

Detailed engineering assessments and site investigations identified a road underpass is the best design to remove the level crossing – minimising disruption for 20,000 rail passengers each day and creating opportunities to improve walking and cycling.

Other designs would take up to a year longer to complete, would require compulsory acquisition of private properties and significant underground service relocation, including the Longford gas main.

Other designs would also impact commuters by shutting the Pakenham line between Pakenham and Dandenong for up to two months. Construction will start next year, and the level crossing will be gone by 2022.

Meanwhile, further along the Pakenham line, the fast-tracked removal of the dangerous and congested level crossing at Cardinia Road in Pakenham is a step closer with work set to begin later this year.

An alliance of Fulton Hogan and Metro Trains Melbourne has been awarded the $80 million contract to deliver the project.

Nine level crossings on the Pakenham line have already been removed, with eight more earmarked for removal.

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