The level crossings have been fast-tracked for removal, with the three boom gates gone for good in 2024, 12 months earlier than originally planned.
The crossings will be removed by building a rail bridge over the roads, creating new community open space for locals to enjoy for generations to come.
The 2.5km rail bridge design with a new premium Pakenham Station will improve safety, reduce road congestion and allow more trains, more often. The new Pakenham Station will provide modern facilities, more services and improved security.
We’re also extending the metropolitan rail line 2km and building a new East Pakenham Station.
The new East Pakenham Station ensures the right infrastructure and services are in place to meet the needs of this fast-growing community.
The boom gates in Pakenham can be down for up to 30 minutes in the morning peak. Current network plans involve increasing trains running on the Pakenham Line, meaning more boom gate downtime.
We're preparing for major construction to start in mid 2022. Pakenham will be level crossing free in 2024 and the 2 new stations and community open space will open in 2024.
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