Camp Road is one of northern Melbourne’s busiest east-west arterial roads, carrying approximately 20,000 vehicles per day. It intersects the Upfield railway line in Campbellfield, and when the boom gates close to allow trains to pass, the build-up of vehicles leads to lengthy delays and causes congestion.

The North Western Program Alliance, comprising of Level Crossing Removal Authority, John Holland, KBR and Metro Trains Melbourne, will be delivering the project. Works will commence from late July and the crossing removed in late 2017, with the project concluding in early 2018.

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Works to remove the level crossing at Camp Road, Campbellfield will take place between Wednesday 15 November and Monday 18 December 2017. There will be changes to the way road and rail users travel during this time – see the Construction impacts section below for more information.

Design

The level crossing will be removed by lowering the rail line into a trench under Camp Road. Future proofing has been a key part of the design to remove the crossing, which allows for the following to be constructed as part of future works:

  • a second track on the Upfield line between Gowrie and Upfield stations
  • widening of Camp Road to allow for traffic growth
  • potential future station at Campbellfield
  • the Upfield bicycle path extension.

The road bridge will have four lanes for traffic as well as a pedestrian and cycle path on each side.

Works will begin later this year, with the crossing removed by early 2018.

What a rail trench may look like

See design detail below

See design detail below

Timeline

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Date

Stage

August -September 2017

Works starts on removing Camp Road level crossings

November - December 2017Level crossing removed
Early - 2018Reinstatement works to complete the project

Construction impacts

Temporary road closure

Camp Road, Campbellfield will be closed between Sydney Road and Northcorp Boulevard from 9:00pm Wednesday 15 November to 6:00am Thursday 30 November 2017.

Detours will be in place and every effort will be made to minimise disruptions to local traffic and commuters.

There will be no access over the level crossing for vehicles or pedestrians during this two-week period.

A shuttle bus will be operating along Camp Road to Broadmeadows train station for connection with the 902 and 538 services.

Buses replacing trains on the Upfield Line

Buses will replace trains between Coburg and Upfield stations from 8:30pm Thursday 16 November until the last service Sunday 17 December 2017. Normal service will resume Monday 18 December.

Please plan ahead and allow an extra 30 minutes travel time. The sooner we get this done, the sooner you’ll be on your way.

Overall project

Construction has started with lane closures on Camp Road intermittently in place for the duration of the project between 9:30am and 3:30pm. Access to properties and for pedestrians will be maintained during these lane closures.

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Sustainable Procurement Policy

We are committed to achieving excellent economic, community and environmental outcomes during the removal of this level crossing. To find out more, read our Sustainable Procurement Policy.

Community

Community consultation

Earlier this year we asked the community for feedback on the design to remove the crossing and also provide the opportunity for people to meet the project team. We will continue to work with the surrounding community to minimise any construction impacts.

In the lead up to our major works and throughout the project, one of our primary focuses will be continuing to support local businesses and encourage you to continue shopping local and support your community.

FAQs

When will the Camp Road level crossing be removed?

Works to remove the crossing began in July this year with the crossing gone by the end of the year.

How will the Camp Road level crossing be removed?

The rail line will be lowered under Camp Road and a new road bridge will replace the level crossing. This solution will future-proof for other potential future transport improvements including:

  • a second track on the Upfield line between Gowrie and Upfield stations
  • widening of Camp Road to allow for traffic growth
  • potential future station at Campbellfield
  • the Upfield bicycle path extension.

What construction impacts can the community expect?

We aim to remove the level crossing in Camp Road with the least possible disruption to local businesses, locals, public transport commuters and road users.

During construction, there will be some changes and disruptions to bus services, traffic, pedestrian access and train services with short bus trips between Coburg and Upfield stations. We will keep you informed in advance about these changes through a range of engagement channels - including online  updates, letterbox drops and face to face meetings, and we will work with you to reduce the impact.

Why was the community not consulted on other potential design options?

The community was not consulted on the alternative design options; rail over road, road under rail and road over rail. Technical and site investigations determined that these were not feasible options for the removal of the Camp Road level crossing. These alternative options were considered, but were  ruled out due to site constraints such as:

  • significant land acquisition
  • impacts on adjacent business access
  • major re-routing of Camp Road affecting traffic and businesses
  • reduced site lines creating safety issues for vehicles approaching Sydney Road
  • major alterations to the Western Ring Road.

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