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 Level Crossing Removal Authority has undertaken site investigations and technical reviews of the Camp Road level crossing and assessed the possible ways for its removal. The preferred design is to remove the level crossing by lowering the rail line into a trench under Camp Road. A number of design options were investigated however lowering the rail line under Camp Road was considered the most feasible. The other designs we investigated had a number of the following challenges:
- 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.
- Avoids building a new rail bridge over the Western Ring Road which would cause major traffic disruption.
- Major alterations to the Western Ring Road.
- Realignment of Sydney Road.
What a rail trench may look like
What a rail trench may look like
Construction partner shortlist
The project will be completed by an alliance which will include the Level Crossing Removal Authority. A joint venture of John Holland and KBR, and a joint venture of CPB Contractors and Aurecon Australasia, have been short-listed for the North West Program Alliance.
The two consortiums have been invited to submit tenders to remove level crossings on the Craigieburn and Upfield lines. The selected construction partner will first remove the Camp Road level crossing and will then have the opportunity to remove the level crossings at Buckley Street in Essendon, Glenroy Road in Glenroy, Bell Street in Coburg, and Moreland Road in Brunswick. The construction partner will be announced mid-2017, after the tender process.
We will work closely with local residents and businesses, road and rail users, and other stakeholders throughout the design and construction phases.
Community engagement hub
We are calling for anyone interested in the removal of this level crossing to register their interest to receive project updates and notifications of upcoming events.
There will be opportunities to get involved and provide feedback as the project progresses. Local residents, businesses and other stakeholders will be provided project information via website updates, regular bulletins and letterbox drops, local newspaper advertising, onsite information boards and community drop-in sessions.
When will the Camp Road level crossing be removed?
A contract to remove the crossing will be awarded by mid-2017, with construction to commence in late 2017. Completion of the level crossing removal is anticipated to be in 2019.
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 train services, bus services, traffic and pedestrian access. 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 as technical and site investigations determined that these were not feasible options for the removal of the Camp Road level crossing. The alternative options were considered in the planning stage but were ruled out due to site constraints. These constraints include:
- 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
- avoids building a new rail bridge over the Western Ring Road which would cause major traffic disruption
- major alterations to the Western Ring Road
- realignment of Sydney Road.
Will the project involve building a new station in Campbellfield?
Our design provides space for a new Campbellfield station to be built at the site in the future.
Will the Upfield train line be duplicated as part of this project?
Our design provides space for rail line duplication to be delivered as part of a future works package.
Will the Upfield Bike Path be extended as part of this project?
Our design provides provision for the Upfield Bike Path to be extended as part of any future works.