PAKENHAM TO BE LEVEL CROSSING-FREE UNDER LABOR

All four dangerous and congested level crossings in Pakenham will be removed and Pakenham Station is set to become a Superstation under a re-elected Andrews Labor Government.

Only ten level crossings were removed in the last decade prior to the 2014 election. Under a re-elected Labor Government, 16 crossings will be gone on the Pakenham Line alone.

Four new level crossings will be added to the list for removal, to make Pakenham level crossing-free, including McGregor Rd, Racecourse Rd, and Main St – which will be removed with a new 2.8 km Pakenham Skyrail.

This new elevated rail line will include a brand new, modern elevated Pakenham Superstation – the centrepiece of a completely revamped Pakenham town centre.

By elevating the rail line, Labor will create kilometres of new open space, connecting locals from either side of the rail line for the first time. It also means less disruption for residents, businesses and passengers during construction.

Gippsland locals can look forward to more frequent and reliable train services and more travel choice thanks to a re-elected Labor Government.

A Superstation at Pakenham will mean a dedicated V/Line track and third platform to separate the regional and metropolitan trains at the new station. This will deliver a seamless interchange for passengers wanting to connect to the high frequency services which will be serviced by the new, bigger High Capacity Metro Trains.

The level crossing at Cardinia Road in Pakenham – 3km west of the other three crossings – will also be removed, with a new road bridge over the rail line the most likely engineering solution.

These crossings bring Pakenham to a standstill, with about 63,000 vehicles stuck heading north or south in this major growth suburb every day.  Removing these congested crossings will free up traffic, and allow for more trains to run more often without level crossings holding back services.  

The four crossings were identified as a priority using the Level Crossing Removal Authority and Transport for Victoria’s Future Level Crossing Prioritisation Framework, a multi-criteria assessment for prioritising future level crossing removals.

Nine level crossings have already been removed on the Pakenham line in the last four years, with a further three crossings – at Dandenong, Hallam, and Berwick – in planning and set for removal by 2022.

The removal of these four level crossings and construction of the Superstation in Pakenham is part of the Government’s $6.6 billion commitment to remove 75 level crossings by 2025.

These projects will create at least 1000 local jobs, using 100 per cent Australian steel and ten per cent of the workforce will be apprentices, trainees or cadets.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“Only Labor removes level crossings – and only a re-elected Labor Government will make Pakenham level crossing-free.”

“By removing these congested death-traps, we’ll boost safety, free up traffic, and run more trains to get you home safer and sooner.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

“This train line has split the Pakenham community in half for years – so it’s time to connect the community again.”

“Whether it’s building the Metro Tunnel, upgrading every regional rail line or removing level crossings, only Labor can be trusted to build the public transport system Victorians need.”

Quotes attributable to Candidate for Bass Jordan Crugnale

“Like many families in our community I’ve been stranded at these level crossings and it’s time for them to go.”

 “Only Labor can be trusted to deliver the public transport projects that are needed to get Victorians home safer and sooner.”