Have Your Say on the proposed Railway Avenue road closure, Pakenham

We are proposing to permanently close Railway Avenue, Pakenham at the intersection of Racecourse Road. This would only happen after traffic lights start operating at the intersection of Henry and Racecourse roads.

Railway Avenue runs along the railway line on the north side of the train station, between Main Street and Racecourse Road.

We invite you to give your feedback on this proposal by 5pm, Friday 7 September 2018.

The Railway Avenue and Racecourse road intersection is unsafe due to its poor sight lines.

 Traffic lights have been installed at the intersection of Henry and Racecourse roads. These signals are expected to start operating when Henry Street opens towards Tremont Street. Signals are also being installed at the intersection of Henry and Ascot Park Drive.

The upgraded Henry Road intersection will provide improved access into Pakenham town centre and better safety for motorists.

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Improved safety for motorists

Poor sight lines for motorists at the existing intersection of Railway Avenue and Racecourse Road are a crash risk. It is not possible to improve these sight lines due to the location of the railway level crossing.

There have also been reports of motorists driving on the wrong side of the road to access Railway Avenue when the level crossing boom gates are down.

Better access into Pakenham town centre

Henry Road provides a more direct route from the east into Pakenham town centre than Railway Avenue. 

In addition, unlike Railway Avenue, Henry Road was designed as a collector street (one which moves traffic from local streets to arterial roads). Henry Road has the capacity to accommodate Railway Avenue’s current traffic, as well as additional traffic from future developments.

Better movement of public transport

It is proposed that bus routes currently using Railway Avenue will use Henry Road. This will improve the reliability of public transport by regulating movements at this intersection.

Potential to increase train station parking

Removing access to Railway Avenue has the potential to increase parking capacity at the train stations by up to 125 spaces as part of future projects.

The works will be needed if the level crossing at Racecourse Road is removed

We are advocating to the Victorian Government to remove this level crossing. If this happens, it is likely that the Railway Avenue intersection would need to be removed as part of these works.

Please note that as part of this consultation, we will not be considering feedback on these issues:

Bald Hill Road/Raceourse Road/Koo Wee Rup Road roundabout congestion

The proposed road closure is not expected to have any impact on this intersection. We are strongly advocating to VicRoads for improvements to the intersection to address traffic jam issues.

The removal of the Racecourse Road railway level crossing

We are advocating to the Victorian Government to remove this level crossing.

 

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Other ways to have your say

Post

Railway Avenue closure consultation

Cardinia Shire Council

PO Box 7,

Pakenham VIC 3810

Email

mail@cardinia.vic.gov.au

Hand deliver

Council’s Customer Service Centre

20 Siding Avenue

Officer

In person

To request to make a verbal submission to a committee of Cardinia Shire Council councillors email mail@cardinia.vic.gov.au