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Cardinia Road, Pakenham Community update - May 2019

10 May 2019

New road bridge fast tracked for construction

We’re getting on with the job of removing the dangerous and congested level crossing at Cardinia Road in Pakenham, by building a road bridge. Nine level crossings on the Pakenham line have already been removed, with three in planning and five more prioritised for removal.

This line is one of Victoria’s busiest with Metro trains, V/Line trains and freight trains all using the corridor. It is the longest metropolitan rail line in Melbourne.

The level crossing at Cardinia Road impacts over 23,000 vehicles per day with boom gates down for up to 30 per cent of the morning peak. More trains will run more often in the future, meaning even more boom gate downtime.

Removing this level crossing will mean improved traffic flow, the opportunity for more train services in the future and improved safety for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.

The Cardinia Road level crossing is fast tracked for removal with construction to begin later this year and the boom gates to be gone by 2021.

Benefits of removing the level crossing

  • A more reliable road network
  • Improving safety for pedestrians and road users
  • Improving local connections
  • Creating hundreds of jobs during construction
  • Allows for future transport upgrades

Level crossing design solution

Why a road bridge is the best design for Cardinia Road

Throughout the design and development of the Cardinia Road Level Crossing Removal Project, we considered many different factors, including:

Groundwater management

Taking the road or rail line underground in a cutting could impact adjacent wetlands and require ongoing management of groundwater. It means the road could also be prone to flooding.

Critical services

Major sewerage, telecommunications, gas and electricity services exist underground, limiting where we can build.

Longer construction time

Other design options need longer construction times, up to a year longer in some cases, with more road and rail disruptions. A road bridge design minimises disruption to the rail network.

Future proofing

A road bridge design enables future upgrades to the local road and rail network.

Land acquisition

Building the road bridge in the existing road reserve means that no property will need to be acquired.

Raising the road over the rail line

Every level crossing has unique characteristics that help determine the most suitable way to remove it.

Using a road bridge design will provide significant benefits to the community, including improving local connections and access to services, such as shops and schools.

The road bridge design allows works to happen mostly within the road reserve with less disruption to the Pakenham line.

As part of planning works, we are looking at opportunities to enhance urban design, create new pedestrians and cycling connections and reduce disruption to road and rail users during our works.

Share your feedback

We want the community to help shape the look and feel of the road bridge by getting involved in our online engagement hub, or in person at a community information session.

Following our discussions with the community, we will consider your feedback and keep you updated throughout the project.

We’ll be seeking feedback on:

1 Local connections

  • Why this project is important to you and how you use the area.
  • Your access to local services, shops and connections to public transport.

2 Shared walking and cycling path

  • Where you walk and cycle.
  • How we can better connect and improve the local walking and cycling path network.

3 Landscape design

  • What planting and landscaping you’d like to see.
  • How we can add to the look and feel of the area.

4 Safety

  • Your ideas on how we can improve safety for road users, cyclists and pedestrians.


Head to our online engagement hub to view the design and complete a feedback form. Feedback opens Tuesday 7 May and closes 5:00pm Friday 7 June 2019.

Information sessions

We will be hosting information sessions in the local area throughout May to hear your views.

Check out our events page for details.

Car waiting at the Cardinia Road level crossing

Project timeline


Late 2018-early 2019

  • Planning and technical investigations
  • Initial planning, site investigations and design assessments

Early-mid 2019

  • Design solution confirmed
  • Community engagement
  • Engage on key aspects of the design

Mid-late 2019

  • Contract award and early works
  • Finalise detailed design
  • Construction commences


  • Construction delivery continues


  • Construction completed

*Please note that the timeline above is subject to change.

Who we are

On behalf of the Victorian Government, the Level Crossing Removal Project is overseeing the removal of 75 dangerous and congested level crossings across Melbourne by 2025.

Already, 29 level crossings are gone. Removing the 75 level crossings will deliver:

  • More reliable roads and rail – traffic congestion will be reduced, and more trains will be able to run more often
  • Improved safety – crossing the railway tracks will be safer for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.
  • More opportunities – removing level crossings will enhance and create vibrant areas for retail and residential development.

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