Early works are underway in Pakenham to remove three dangerous and congested level crossings at Main Street, McGregor Road and Racecourse Road and locals are invited to express their interest in being part of a community group as construction progresses.
Major construction on the Pakenham level crossing removal project will start in the coming months, and the Level Crossing Removal Project is seeking community members to join the project’s Stakeholder Liaison Group (SLG).
The group will meet regularly during the construction phase of the project from mid-2022 to 2024 and will share local perspectives, particularly in relation to managing construction impacts on the community.
The group will also provide information to the community about the project and construction progress.
Bass MP Jordan Crugnale said the project was transformational to the local and wider region.
“I really encourage residents, businesses, community organisations and leaders interested in being a local representative voice to register their interest online before the end of May,“ she said.
The SLG will consist of community members who represent the views and interests of residents, business owners and community organisations. The Level Crossing Removal Project would love to hear from a diverse range of Pakenham locals as work continues on the project.
The three level 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 rail bridge design with a new premium Pakenham Station will improve safety, reduce road congestion and allow more trains, more often. The metropolitan rail line will be extended by two kilometres and a new East Pakenham Station will be built.
Early works on the project include site set up in Bourke Park, temporary fencing installed, and installation of temporary overhead power along the rail line in Pakenham.
Additionally, as part of the Pakenham Level Crossing Removal Project, this month’s State Budget confirmed funding for the Ryan Road upgrade in East Pakenham.
The project will asphalt the road to provide safe access to the new East Pakenham Station when it opens in 2024.
Please visit engage.vic.gov.au/lxrp-pakenham to learn more about the group and view the online application form. Applications close on Friday 27 May at 11.59pm.