The level crossings have been fast-tracked for removal, with the three boom gates gone for good in 2023/2024, 12 months earlier than originally planned.
The crossings will be removed by building a rail bridge over the roads, creating new community open space for locals to enjoy for generations to come.
The 2.5km rail bridge design with a new premium Pakenham Station will improve safety, reduce road congestion and allow more trains, more often. The new Pakenham Station will provide modern facilities, more services and improved security.
We’re also extending the metropolitan rail line 2km and building a new East Pakenham Station.
The new East Pakenham Station ensures the right infrastructure and services are in place to meet the needs of this fast-growing community.
See designs of the new stations in our image gallery.
The boom gates in Pakenham can be down for up to 30 minutes in the morning peak. Current network plans involve increasing trains running on the Pakenham line, meaning more boom gate downtime.
Early works have started, with major construction to start in 2022. Pakenham will be level crossing free in 2023/24 and the 2 new stations and community open space will open in 2024.
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On behalf of the Victorian Government, the Level Crossing Removal Project is removing 85 dangerous and congested level crossings across Melbourne by 2025.
If you have any questions or would like more information about the project you can:
- email email@example.com
- call us on 1800 105 105, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- text PAKENHAM to 0428 581 917 for SMS construction alerts
Current works notices
Bald Hill Road, Pakenham – road and lane closures
There will be temporary road and lane closures on Bald Hill Road, Pakenham from Tuesday 5 October to Wednesday 22 December.
Railway Avenue, Pakenham – DDA accessible and taxi parking changes
There are changes to Accessible and Taxi parking on Railway Ave, Pakenham starting early October for the duration of the level crossing removal project.
Railway Avenue, Pakenham – road and lane closures
Railway Avenue, Pakenham will have temporary road and lane closures from Tuesday October 5 to Wednesday 22 December.
Ryan Road, Pakenham – road closure
Ryan Road will be closed near the rail corridor for water main upgrade works from Monday 18 October to Friday 19 November.
Pakenham Station – southern car park closure
From Monday 11 October the southern car park at Pakenham Station will progressively close. The car park will re-open when the new Pakenham Station opens in 2024.
Publications27 Oct 2021
During planning for the project we work with qualified arborists and sustainability and environmental specialists to minimise the impacts to local flora and fauna.15 Oct 2021
East Pakenham Station fact sheet highlighting all the new station features and upcoming works timeline.