Bell Street in Coburg is one of the busiest roads in the area, with 41,000 vehicles using it every day. The boom gates are currently down for 27 minutes between 7:00am and 9:00am weekdays, significantly impacting travel times and causing frustration for road users.
The Victorian Government has awarded the contract for the North West program of works to an Alliance, comprising the Level Crossing Removal Authority and John Holland/KBR. The Alliance will initially remove the level crossings at Camp Road in Campbellfield and Skye/Overton Road in Frankston and will then have the opportunity to remove others, including the Bell Street level crossing.
This crossing will be removed by 2022.
A number of options are currently being examined for the removal of the level crossing including:
- lowering the road under the railway line
- raising the road over the railway line
- lowering the railway line under the road, in a trench
- raising the railway line over the road.
To help identify which options or options would work best at Bell Street, we've been performing a range of site investigations, including looking at local ground conditions.
Community consultation will be a key part of this project, and once we've identified options for removing the crossing, we'll be asking the community for feedback to help us continue the design process.To keep up to date with our progress and any construction impacts:
What benefits will there be from removing the level crossing?
Removing the level crossing will:
- help to reduce congestion in the Melbourne's inner north by improving traffic flow
- provide a safer crossing point for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers travelling across the Upfield line
- create hundreds of jobs during construction.
How do we decide on a design option?
The selection of a design option to remove a level crossing depends on the unique characteristics of each site, the benefits and impacts to the local community of the various options and input from the local community and stakeholders, such as local council, residents and businesses.
When will the community get a say?
Community consultation is an important part of the Level Crossing Removal Project and will help inform the development of the design options.
We are in the early planning stage of the project and there will be numerous opportunities to get involved and provide feedback as the project progresses.
When will the crossing be removed?
The Bell Street level crossing removal is currently scheduled to be removed by 2022. Specific construction timeframes will be confirmed once consultation has been completed and the final design has been chosen.