The removal of these level crossings will include the construction of new Pakenham Station.
The boom gates in Pakenham can be down for up to 30 per cent of the 7:00am to 9:00am peak, when up to 23 trains run through the crossings. Current network plans involve increasing trains running on the Pakenham line, meaning more boom gate downtime.
The Main Street, Pakenham level crossing was identified as a priority site for removal in the Victorian Government’s Site Prioritisation Framework.
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Prioritising level crossings for removal is a complex task, with no simple answer. This is because there are a range of different factors which may warrant removal of a level crossing.
Using this framework, crossings at Main Street, McGregor Road, Racecourse Road and Cardinia Road in Pakenham have been identified as priority sites for future removal.