The Andrews Labor Government will transform the Cranbourne-Pakenham line, removing every level crossing between Caulfield and Dandenong and purchasing 37 new trains.

Instead of proceeding with the former Liberal Government’s Cranbourne-Pakenham con, the Labor Government will purchase intellectual property from the consortium, and use it, as well as the funding to fast-track a bigger, better plan with more trains and more level crossing removals.

The works will include:

  • The purchase of 37 next generation, high capacity trains, built at least 50 per cent here in Australia
  • The removal of all nine level crossings between Dandenong and Caulfield
  • New and upgraded rail infrastructure in the corridor including power and signaling upgrades
  • A new train depot and maintenance facility in Pakenham

The works will boost capacity by up to 42 per cent on the Cranbourne-Pakenham line each day, accommodating an extra 11,000 passengers in the morning peak and boost capacity across the network by freeing up existing trains.

Ms Graley said that the multi-billion dollar upgrade to the Cranbourne-Pakenham line would create thousands of jobs, ease congestion and reduce travel times for local residents. 

“The much needed removal of our worse level crossing will ensure more trains can run more often and local residents spend less time stuck in traffic,”

“We will ensure local families have access to a world class public transport system that can get them home safer and sooner.”