Local residents can say goodbye to the Clyde Road boom gates as part of the Victorian Government’s level crossing removal project.
Member for Narre Warren South Gary Maas MP, was pleased to attend the removal of the gates which were once down for approximately 26 per cent of the morning peak traffic, amounting to around 31 minutes for every 2 hours. He thanked workers for their hard work over the last 18 months.
The removal of this level crossing is taking place as part of a $15 billion investment to upgrade the Pakenham line which includes the removal of 22 dangerous level crossings and the entire line level crossing-free by 2025.
The wait for Berwick residents is almost over with Clyde Road scheduled to re-open as an underpass on 21 February as work continues with the lifting of the rail bridge into place in three segments.
Clyde Road is closed in both directions for motorists and cyclists, between Enterprise Avenue and Langmore Lane/Mansfield Street until 11.59pm Sunday 20 February.
Buses are replacing trains on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines between Westall, Cranbourne, and Pakenham until the last train on Thursday 3 February, and between Dandenong and Cranbourne from the first service on Friday 4 February until the last service on Sunday 6 February.
Anyone affected is advised to plan their journey and more information on this project is available at bigbuild.vic.gov.au/projects/level-crossing-removal-project.
Quotes attributable to Member for Narre Warren South Gary Maas MP:
“The removal of the Clyde Road boom gates as part of the Victorian Government’s unprecedented level crossings removal project will reduce peak hour congestion and increase safety on our roads.”
“Residents will soon be able to get where they need to go quicker and more safely thanks to the removal of this dangerous level crossing.”
“This is one of many level crossing removals and upgrades that the State Government will complete on the Pakenham line and I look forward to the benefits of this project flowing throughout our community.”