Buckley Street is one of the key arterials in Melbourne’s inner north-west, connecting Keilor and Avondale Heights in the west with Mount Alexander Road in the east. It carries approximately 11,000 vehicles per day.

The boom gates at the Buckley Street level crossing are down for an average of 78 minutes in the two hours between 7:00am and 9:00am on weekdays. We are getting on with the job of removing the dangerous level crossing at Buckley Street.

Latest news

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 Buckley Street level crossing.

Early works to remove the Buckley Street crossing will begin later this year, with the crossing to be removed by 2019.


We are removing the Buckley Street level crossing by building a road underpass beneath the rail way line, including new service roads to maintain local access.

The benefits of the road underpass are that it:

  • puts safety first
  • preserves the heritage listed station
  • improves traffic flow and travel times
  • requires no private property acquisition
  • minimises disruption
  • creates better connections
  • creates more open space.

The video below explains how the road underpass and service lanes will work. Additional traffic modelling is underway and will continue to inform the design.

View a transcript of the Buckley Street traffic movement video.

Planning scheme amendment

As it does with all level crossing removal projects , LXRA intend to seek an amendment to the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme from the Minister for Planning to enable the delivery of the Buckley Street level crossing removal project.

The interactive map below shows the extent of the project area and shows what type of work is likely in each area. This work could include temporary access to land for access, construction and car parking. This map will be updated as the project progresses.

The planning scheme amendment will apply a site specific control (incorporated document) that will replace the existing planning permit requirements to enable delivery of the project. This incorporated document will include conditions, that we will have to adhere to, for instance relating to environmental management, which is consistent with all LXRA projects.  We have not confirmed the expiry date for the incorporated document but we expect it to be in line with other Level Crossing Removal incorporated documents (i.e. 2019-2023).

We intend to seek approval of the planning scheme amendment from the Minister for Planning later this year. We consulted with the community  for the planning scheme amendment  online, via direct mail and at the Essendon Info Hub.

Submissions are being collated and the feedback received will be included in our planning scheme amendment request to the Minister for Planning.



May 2017
  • Alliance project partner announced
Mid to late 2017
  • Consultation, including online engagement
  • Design development
Late 2017
  • Early works start
Early 2018
  • Major works start
  • Level crossing removed



Community feedback is important and is helping to shape the project. We have been consulting with locals across Essendon to understand how people move around the area and gather ideas and feedback to inform the final design.

The key project benefits you asked us to focus on include:

  • efficient traffic flow
  • accessibility to local schools, shops and transport
  • community safety
  • future proofing the Essendon area.

Read the Community engagement update for a summary of what we heard.

Community engagement hub

Visit our community engagement hub and provide your feedback about the removal of the Buckley Street level crossing.

Join the conversation

Your level crossing

What's next

We will continue talking to the community and stakeholders to help us better understand how people move around the area. This feedback will be used to shape the final design.

We will continue to keep you informed as we progress.

Keeping up to date

If you are interested in the removal of the Buckley Street, Essendon level crossing removal project, sign up below to receive project updates, notifications of upcoming events and opportunities to get involved.

Sign up for project updates

Local residents, businesses and other stakeholders will be provided project information via website updates, bulletins and letterbox drops, local newspaper advertising, onsite information boards and community information displays.

Stay in touch

If you need more information or have something to tell us, please contact us on 1800 762 667 (24 hours, 7 days) or via email at contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au. We will also be regularly updating our website and social media with the latest information.


View our latest publications