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Full steam ahead at Preston

11 Feb 2021

Four of the most notorious level crossings in Melbourne’s north will soon be gone, with major works now underway on the Preston Level Crossing Removal Project.

With the contract for major construction at Preston awarded at the end of last year, work on the project will ramp up this weekend as buses replace trains between Clifton Hill and Reservoir on the Mernda line.

Crews will work to install fencing along the rail corridor and foundations for temporary overhead wiring, while getting ready to move the rail power supply underground.

Over the coming months, temporary station facilities will be constructed at Preston and Bell to help keep passengers on trains during the construction phase.

Throughout construction, disruptions to train services on the Mernda line will be minimal with the rail line not closing for more than 12 consecutive days at a time, to ensure trains can continue to access the Epping train maintenance facility, which is critical for the smooth running of the wider rail network.

Level crossings at Oakover Road, Bell Street, Cramer Street and Murray Road in Preston will be gone for good by the end of 2022, with new stations at Bell and Preston and significant new open space under the two-kilometre rail bridge ready for the community to enjoy in 2023.

Hi rail machinery at Preston.

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