Transport transformation on tour

The progress on Berwick-Cranbourne Road and Narre Warren Cranbourne Road. Picture: SUPPLIED

Cardinia and Casey locals are encouraged to learn about improvements coming to the local transport network and milestones on infrastructure projects with Victoria’s Big Build team visiting the Casey Kids Carnival on Saturday 6 April.

The sold-out event is running from noon to 5pm at the Old Cheese Factory in Berwick, including free rides, free face painting, a petting zoo, a reptile encounter, a butterfly enclosure, music and craft workshops and mini golf, as well as entertainment and food.

The Big Build stand will be hosting free and transport-focused activities including mini diggers, building blocks, paper trains, colouring and show bags.

Teams from the Level Crossing Removal Project, Major Road Projects Victoria and the Metro Tunnel will be on hand to answer questions about current and planned changes to the road and rail network in the area and planned disruptions.

The teams will reach a major milestone next year, when the Pakenham and Cranbourne lines will become level crossing free, with boom gates recently removed at Camms Road in Cranbourne and Webb Street in Narre Warren, one year ahead of schedule.

Opened last week, the new Narre Warren station includes two platforms with new stairwells and lift access, an air-conditioned waiting room, landscaped forecourt with seating, and improved pedestrian connections to Narre Warren village.

Pakenham’s new 2.5-kilometre rail bridge is also taking shape, with level crossings at McGregor Road, Main Street and Racecourse Road being removed to make way for the bridge and two new stations at Pakenham and East Pakenham, with rail track and ballast now laid along the elevated rail line.

The work also includes activity zones under the elevated rail line at Pakenham, with the concrete piers currently being painted a bright blue to indicate the active areas in the open space; the exercise area, the playground, and the basketball court.

Work will continue this year to build a new plaza and community open space, landscaping, and 400 new and upgraded car parks for Cranbourne Station, and modern pedestrian and cyclist connections will also be added.

On the roads, major construction of the Hall Road Upgrade finished nine months ahead of schedule to complement the recent development of Lathams Road and the Ballarto Road and Cranbourne-Frankston Road intersections with Western Port Highway.

Victoria’s Big Build is also creating extra lanes, upgrading intersections and building new walking and cycling paths on Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road.

Work is now underway to upgrade the Camms Road leg of the intersection, with Camms Road closed between Hotham Street and Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road until mid-2024.

With work also progressing to build the northern side of the Cameron Street and Berwick-Cranbourne Road intersection, Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road will also be closed between New Holland Drive and Berwick-Cranbourne Road.