The Victorian Government has announced the location for the new station at Pakenham East, as part of its project to remove three level crossings in Pakenham and extend the line into the suburb.
The project aims to deliver better transport connections for the growing Pakenham community, with the suburb to be boom gate-free in 2023/24. This is expected to make travel safer and easier for more than 60,000 vehicles that travel through the area’s level crossings each day.
Three dangerous and congested crossings at McGregor Road, Main Street and Racecourse Road will be removed, following the elevation of the rail line. The metropolitan rail line will also be extended by two kilometres.
Pakenham East railway station will be built between Deep Creek and the Princes Freeway.
It will help to remove a major bottleneck where V/Line and Metro trains are currently required to merge onto the same tracks. Separate Metro turnback tracks and dedicated V/Line tracks will be built to avoid congestion and improv train reliability.
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Melbourne’s newest suburb in Pakenham East will feature 7200 new homes, create 1300 new jobs and add more than $1 billion to the Victorian economy.
A small number of property acquisitions will be required for the project, according to the Victorian Government.
“We’re delivering the infrastructure our growing south-east and Melbourne’s newest suburb needs – future-proofing the Pakenham and Gippsland lines and paving the way for more train services, more often,” Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan said.
The next stage of community consultation will begin later this year as early works on the level crossing removals begin, with locals encouraged to have their say on look and feel of the new station precincts.
The three level crossings are set to be removed in 2023/24 and the new stations open in 2024.
“We’re getting started with early works on this massive project this year – boosting safety, easing congestion, and delivering two new stations to better connect our community,” Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale said.