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.

The boom gates are down for about 78 minutes during the morning peak, causing congestion, frustration and potential danger for the 11,000 vehicles that use it each day. The boom gates will be gone in 2018.

Latest news

Buckley Street level crossing removal starting soon

Level crossing removal construction will start in the coming days, signalling the end of the boom gates by the end of 2018.

The project team has spent the last 18 months talking with the community and stakeholders to gather feedback on the design. This includes new upgrades to the existing underpasses, changes to traffic movements on the service roads and landscaping improvements.

To see the final design, view the Design section below.

We will be providing further information about the project in the coming days and weeks.

This will include details on road and traffic changes, where you can walk and cycle around the area and what to expect during construction.

These fact sheets will be available online and at our Info Hub at 20 Russell Street, Essendon.

Our project team will also be on hand to make sure you have the information you need. Look out for us in the area.

Design

Final designs for the project are now available and we will begin construction in the coming days.

Watch the video showing what the area may look like when the level crossing has been removed.

View the transcript for the Buckley Street level crossing removal January 2018 update video

Artist impressions

Aerial map

Download the high resolution aerial map PDF, 2.3 MB

Timeline

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DateStage
Late 2016
  • Solution announced
  • Community information sessions
  • Trader consultation
May 2017
  • North West Alliance Project partner announced
Mid 2017
  • Community consultation
  • Finalising design
Late 2017
  • Preparatory works commence
Early 2018
  • Final designs released to the community
  • Contract awarded for Buckley Street level crossing removal project
  • Early works commence
Mid to late 2018
  • Major works commence
Late 2018
  • Boom gates removed
2019
  • Finalising landscape

Construction impacts

What happens next?

You will start to see construction crews setting up work sites, moving underground services like sewerage and gas and removing vegetation.

We have started notifying local residents and traders who might be affected by this first phase of construction.

Planning scheme amendment

As it does with all level crossing removal projects, LXRA have sought 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.

We undertook extensive public consultation about the Planning Scheme Amendment (PSA) between June and August 2017 and received almost 200 submissions in response.

The Minister for Planning reviewed the application and submissions and has approved the PSA. The PSA came into effect when it was published in the Victorian Government Gazette on 25 January 2018.

The planning scheme amendment applies a site-specific control (incorporated document) that replaces the existing planning permit requirements to enable delivery of the project.

This incorporated document includes conditions that we will have to adhere to, for instance relating to environmental management, which is consistent with all LXRA projects.

You can view all the documentation for the Buckley Street PSA here.

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.

Community

Keeping you informed

We will keep you updated throughout construction using a range of different channels including letterbox drops, posters at Essendon Station, road signage, and in person as our project team members will be out and about in the area and at our Info Hub.

You can also subscribe to our regular email updates.

You can contact us at any time on 1800 762 667 or email us contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au if you have any questions.

In the meantime, feel free to read these Q&As which offer some further detail about the project.

An overview of the project and some detailed fact sheets will be provided soon.

Feedback

Community feedback is important and has helped shape the project. We have been consulting with locals across Essendon to understand how people move around the area, and the ideas and feedback have informed the final design.

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

  • quick and easy connections to all public transport
  • efficient traffic flow
  • safer pedestrian movements
  • better access for everyone
  • accessibility to local schools, shops and transport
  • retain culture and heritage of the 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.

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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.

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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.

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