Getting on with the job at Cardinia Road
01 Oct 2019
The dangerous and congested Cardinia Road level crossing in Pakenham has been fast-tracked for removal with the construction contract signed and boom gates to be gone by 2021.
An alliance comprising Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) and Fulton Hogan will oversee the $80 million project to remove the level crossing.
The boom gates at Cardinia Road are down for up to a third of the morning peak and by 2026, over 24,000 cars will travel through the crossing every day.
Replacing this level crossing with a road bridge will mean improved traffic flow, the opportunity for more train services in the future and improved safety for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.
Following community feedback, we’ve updated designs to make it easier for people to move around the area with stairs to be built on the eastern side of the road bridge, helping to provide better connections to the ground level paths.
Currently, we’re setting up our site compound and we’ll commence major works later this year. These works include construction of a temporary road on the eastern side of Cardinia Road to allow traffic to continue to move through the area with minimal disruption to drivers and passengers throughout the project.
Cardinia Road is one of 17 level crossings to be removed on the Pakenham line – one of Victoria’s busiest with Metro, V/Line and freight trains using it.