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Works notice – Preston night works

01 Feb 2021

The Victorian Government is removing four dangerous and congested level crossings at Oakover Road, Bell Street, Cramer Street and Murray Road, and building new Bell and Preston Stations. The level crossings will be removed by raising the rail line over the roads, improving safety and accessibility, and delivering new community open spaces.

Night works

From 7pm, Friday 12 February to 5am, Monday 15 February 24-hour works will take place in the rail corridor between Miller Street and Murray Road, Preston. These works are essential for installing rail overhead power infrastructure and foundations along the rail corridor, to support the construction of the Preston Level Crossing Removal Project.

There will be traffic management in place to provide Project vehicles and equipment access to the rail corridor at the Regent Street, Oakover Road, Bell Street, Cramer Street, Murray Road and Hutton Street level crossings. There may be some delays for vehicles at these locations.

Lane and pedestrian path closures – Bell Street (see map 1)

From 7pm Friday 12 February to 5am Monday 15 February:

  • a lane will be closed in each direction along Bell Street between Mary Street and Aurthur Street, to facilitate the movement of construction machinery.
  • There will be intermittent stop and holds of traffic on Bell Street to allow construction vehicles to enter the rail corridor.
  • The northern pedestrian rail crossing on Bell Street will be closed with detours at St Georges Road to the west and High St to the east.

Vehicle and pedestrian detours will be in place. Please follow any instructions from traffic management to help you safely move around the area. Local access to private properties and businesses will be maintained at all times.

Pedestrian crossing closure – Williams St and Taunton Avenue (see map 2)

From 7pm Friday 12 February to 5am Monday 15 February the pedestrian crossing between Williams Street and Taunton Avenue will be closed as we work to upgrade signalling and communications infrastructure. Detours will be in place via Murray Road or Regent Street.

Pedestrian crossing closure – Thornbury Station

From 7pm Friday 12 February to 5am Monday 15 February the pedestrian crossing north of Thornbury Station will be closed as we work to upgrade signalling and communications infrastructure. Detours will be in place via Hutton Street.

Rail disruption

From 8.30pm Friday 12 February to last service Sunday 14 February, buses replace trains on the Mernda Line between Clifton Hill and Reservoir stations to allow for Preston Level Crossing Removal works.

A range of replacement bus services will operate to get passengers to their destinations as quickly as possible.

Plan your journey on the PTV website or call 1800 800 007.

What to expect

The 24-hour works will include:

  • Increased activity along the rail corridor between Regent Street and Hutton Street
  • Traffic management at Hutton Street, Oakover Road, Bell Street, Cramer Street, Murray Road and Regent Street level crossings, causing some delays to traffic
  • Varying levels of noise from vehicles and machinery
  • Temporary lighting towers in place for night works For your safety, follow the signage and instructions from traffic management.

Health and safety

The health and safety of our workers and the community is our key priority as we continue works on the Preston Level Crossing Removal Project, as is supporting physical distancing measures in line with current health advice.

We have strict protocols in place to protect the safety of our construction workforce, including enhanced industrial cleaning arrangements, provision of personal protective equipment and measures to reduce staff contact, including staggered shifts.

To find out more about the measures in place on our projects, visit our website. For more information about coronavirus, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

More information

If you have any questions or would like more information about the project, call us on 1800 105 105 or email contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Sign up for regular project updates. You can also register for SMS updates by texting PRESTON to 0428 581 917.

Every effort will be made to complete these works on schedule however dates are subject to change.

Map 1

Map. Bell Street Preston. Footpath closed 12-15 Feb on north side. West slow lanes closed. Station access via Blanch Street and Issacs Street.

Map 2

Map. Murray Road Preston works. Railway Reserve Bike path closed. Detour via William Stret.

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