The rail line will be raised over the roads on the Mernda line, delivering new open space underneath the two-kilometre rail bridge.
A shared walking and cycling path from Oakover Road through to Murray Road will connect locals to the new stations and open spaces.
The project will also deliver new stations at Preston and Bell.
The four level crossings will be removed simultaneously to minimise disruption to the community.
Around 82,000 vehicles pass through these level crossings on the Mernda line each day, with the boom gates down for up to 40 per cent of the morning peak.
These level crossings will be removed by the end of 2022 and the open space ready for locals to enjoy in 2023.
The Preston Open Space Advisory Panel (POSAP) has now been formed. This is comprised of local community and council representatives to help shape Preston's newest open spaces.
On behalf of the Victorian Government, the Level Crossing Removal Project is overseeing the removal of 75 dangerous and congested level crossings across Melbourne by 2025.
Current works notices
Cramer Street, Preston – car park closures
Up to ten on-street car parks along Cramer Street, Preston will be closed from Tuesday 29 September to Tuesday 1 December, between 7am to 6pm weekdays and 7am to 3pm on Saturdays.
Cramer Street, Preston – median strip removal
The median strip on Cramer Street, Preston will be removed and the road will be repaved from Tuesday 20 October to early November 2020.
Preston Oval, Preston – car park closure
The car park between the rail line and oval pavilion will be closed from Tuesday 20 October 2020 to late 2022.
Railway Place East, Preston – lane closure
There will be one-way southbound vehicle access on Railway Place East, between Esther Street, Oakover Road and Miller Street from Monday 26 October 2020 to late 2022.
Showers Street, Preston – pedestrian crossing closure
The Showers Street, Preston pedestrian crossing will be closed from Monday 26 October 2020 to late 2022.
Preston Station precinct – car park closures
There will be car park closures around the Preston Station precinct from Friday 6 November 2020 to late 2022.
Edith Street, Preston – access changes and car park closure
There will be access changes and car park closures on Edith Street, Preston from Monday 16 November to late 2022.
Edith Street, Preston – road closure
Edith Street will be closed between Bruce Street and Cramer Street on Thursday 10 December between 7am and 6pm to allow for power poles to be installed and replaced.
Publications23 Nov 2020
On Thursday 10 December between 7am and 6pm Jemena will be installing power poles along Edith Street and replacing a pole on the corner of Edith and Bruce streets.19 Nov 2020
To make way for the new Preston Station and car park we need to demolish the former Girl Guides and Trugo Club buildings.
Cramer Street, Preston
Preston Open Space community drop-in sessions
Based on current health advice our upcoming Preston Open Space community info sessions have been cancelled. There are a number of ways you can still engage with us. Find out more here.