Source: Victorian Government Media Release.
The Andrews Labor Government has released details of the location for the new station at Pakenham East as part of a huge project to remove three more level crossings in Pakenham and extend the rail line to the new suburb.
The fast-tracked project will deliver better transport connections for the growing Pakenham community– with the suburb to be completely boom gate-free in 2023/24, making travel safer and easier for more than 60,000 vehicles that travel through the area’s level crossings each day.
The rail line will be elevated through Pakenham to remove three dangerous and congested crossings – including the notorious McGregor Road boom gates that disrupt the vital north-south connection through the heart of Pakenham, as well as Main Street and Racecourse Road.
As part of the Labor Government’s $15 billion investment along the line, the project will cater to Pakenham’s growth to the east, extending the metropolitan rail line by two kilometres and delivering new stations at Pakenham and Pakenham East as part to improve safety, reduce congestion and allow for more trains, more often.
A map of Pakenham East released today outlines the location of the new station, which will be built between Deep Creek and the Princes Freeway.
The new station will benefit both suburban train passengers and those travelling onto Gippsland, removing a major bottleneck where V/Line and Metro trains are currently required to merge onto the same tracks – with separate Metro turnback tracks and dedicated V/Line tracks to be built, avoiding congestion and improving train reliability.