The dangerous and congested level crossings at Bell Street, Coburg and Moreland Road, Brunswick are set to be removed, with works starting in 2019 and the boom gates expected to be gone in 2020.
These two crossings, located on the Upfield line, will be removed together as part of one project to minimise disruption for road and rail users.
Our investigations have identified two feasible designs for the removal of the level crossings:
- raising the rail line over Bell Street and Moreland Road
- lowering the rail line under Bell Street and Moreland Road into an open trench.
These designs minimise disruption to the community, preserve the heritage listed stations and allow for the potential removal of other level crossings on the Upfield line in future.
Initial investigations and early planning led us to rule out other designs because they would:
- require significant compulsory property acquisition of up to 60 homes and businesses across both locations
- have permanent impacts to access for businesses along the shopping strips
- affect access for the tram depot on Moreland Road
- impact future transport upgrades in the area.
In addition to further technical investigations, community feedback will be an important consideration as we continue to develop the designs. The selected design is expected to be announced in late 2018.
Feedback for Bell Street, Coburg and Moreland Road, Brunswick
Online feedback is closing soon for the level crossing removals in Coburg and Brunswick.
Community consultation begins for Bell Street, Coburg and Moreland Road, Brunswick
The Bell Street, Coburg and Moreland Road, Brunswick level crossings are a step closer to being removed with community consultation kicking off in Melbourne’s north west.
Before works start on the level crossing removals at Bell Street, Coburg and Moreland Road, Brunswick, LXRA will make a request to the Minister for Planning to amend the Moreland Planning Scheme.
A Planning Scheme Amendment is a change to the relevant Planning Scheme (in this instance the Moreland Planning Scheme) to conduct works in the area.
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