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The Liberal Party has promised to remove three of the level crossings in Pakenham, but ruled out building the controversial sky rail like its Labor counterparts.
One day after Labor promised to remove four level crossings in Pakenham and build sky rail, Opposition Leader Matthew Guy said he would remove three of the same crossings at McGregor Road, Main Street and Racecourse Road in Melbourne's south-east.
At each crossing, the rail line would be lowered beneath the road in a trench, the Opposition Leader said.
"We won’t put a blight on Pakenham with sky rail," Mr Guy said.
Up to 63,000 road vehicles pass through the four Pakenham level crossings - located in a key part of the marginal electorate of Bass - every day.
The race to win the November election is gathering pace with caretaker mode kicking in this week.
Pakenham sits at the northern end of the Bass electorate, which the Liberals hold by 4.6 per cent.
Mr Guy said Pakenham station would be rebuilt to allow for separate V/Line track, as part of the Coalition's plan to build high-speed rail to the Latrobe Valley.
The level crossing removals would coincide with the Coalition's plans to take out road intersections to improve traffic flow.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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