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We're removing 10 more level crossings by 2025, bringing the total to 85 level crossings gone for good.

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Level crossing removed

The level crossings at Oakover Road, Bell Street, Cramer Street and Murray Road in Preston are being removed.

The rail line will be raised over the roads on the Mernda line, delivering new open space underneath the 2km 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 4 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% 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) was formed to help shape 3 areas of open space. The project team identified these areas where POSAP could have the most influence on design to create spaces by locals for locals.

In September 2021, we released the updated designs for the Preston and Bell stations and the surrounding open space. These designs are the result of online community engagement conducted in April 2020 and a series of meetings with POSAP between May and November 2020.

On behalf of the Victorian Government, the Level Crossing Removal Project is removing 85 dangerous and congested level crossings across Melbourne by 2025.


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Current works notices

Works notice – Preston 24/7 works reminder

May 2022 works notices in اَلْعَرَبِيَّةُ (Arabic), ελληνικά (Greek), italiano (Italian), 汉语 (Mandarin), Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)

Works notice – Railway Place East and Showers Street, Preston closure

Works notice – Smith Street, Thornbury pedestrian crossing closure February to May 2022


Current disruptions

20 Oct 2020 1603112400 1671109140 to Dec 2022

Preston Oval, Preston – car park closure

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The car park between the rail line and oval pavilion will be closed from Tuesday 20 October 2020 to late 2022.

26 Oct 2020 1603630800 1669899540 to Dec 2022

Showers Street, Preston – pedestrian crossing closure

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MERNDA LINE

The Showers Street, Preston pedestrian crossing will be closed from Monday 26 October 2020 to late 2022. 

06 Nov 2020 1604581200 1669899540 to Dec 2022

Preston Station – car park closures

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MERNDA LINE

There will be car park closures around the Preston Station precinct, including the western and eastern station car parks from Friday 6 November 2020 to late 2022.

16 Nov 2020 1605445200 1669899540 to Dec 2022

Edith Street, Preston – car park closure

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MERNDA LINE

Car parks on the eastern side of Edith Street, Preston will be closed from Monday 16 November 2020 to late 2022.

12 Jan 2021 1610370000 1669899540 to Dec 2022

Bell Station, Preston – car park closures

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There will be car park closures at Bell Station from Tuesday 12 January 2021 to late 2022.

18 Jan 2021 1610888400 1671541140 to Dec 2022

Bruce Street, Preston – pedestrian crossing closure

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The Bruce Street, Preston pedestrian crossing is closed from Monday 18 January 2021 to late 2022.

03 May 2021 1619964000 1672491540 to Dec 2022

Clinch Avenue, Preston – northbound road closure

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MERNDA LINE

Clinch Avenue will be closed to northbound traffic between Murray Road and Williams Street from Monday 3 May to late 2022.

05 May 2021 1620136800 1669899540 to Dec 2022

Cramer Street, Preston – pedestrian crossing closure

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The northern footpath at the Cramer Street pedestrian rail crossing will be closed from 7am Thursday 6 May 2021 to late 2022.

06 May 2021 1620223200 1672491540 to Dec 2022

Preston Station – access and precinct changes

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There will be access changes around Preston Station from Thursday 6 May 2021 to late 2022 to allow for level crossing removal works.

06 May 2021 1620223200 1672491540 to Dec 2022

Bell Station, Preston – access and precinct changes

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Bell Station passengers will use temporary station facilities on the west side of the rail line, near Isaacs Street until late 2022.

31 May 2021 1622383200 1672491540 to Dec 2022

Railway Place East, Preston – northbound road closure

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Railway Place will be closed to north-bound traffic between Esther Street and Oakover Road from Monday 31 May 2021 until late 2022.

14 Sep 2021 1631541600 1672491540 to Dec 2022

Cramer Street, Preston – on street parking changes

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There will be no standing for vehicles on Cramer Street between Bond Street and St. Georges Road from Tuesday 14 September until late 2022.

07 Feb 2022 1644177600 1654005540 to May 2022

Smith Street, Thornbury – pedestrian crossing closure

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The Smith Street pedestrian crossing will be closed from Monday 7 February until late May 2022.

05 May 2022 1651672860 1652536740 to 14 May 2022

Railway Place East and Showers Street, Preston – road closure

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The road and footpath at the corner of Railway Place east and Showers Street will be closed from Monday 9 May to Saturday 14 May.

16 May 2022 1652623200 1653919140 to 30 May 2022

Railway Reserve, Preston – bike path closure

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The Railway Reserve bike path will be closed between Regent Street and Murray Road from Monday 16 May to Monday 30 May.

17 May 2022 1652709600 1653832740 to 29 May 2022

Mernda Line – buses replace trains

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Buses replacing trains between Parliament and Reservoir at times from 9pm Tuesday 17 May to last service Sunday 29 May.

17 May 2022 1652709600 1652817600 to 18 May 2022

Cramer Street, Preston – level crossing closure

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Cramer Street, Preston will be closed at the level crossing from 9pm Tuesday 17 May to 6am Wednesday 18 May.

17 May 2022 1652709600 1662040740 to Sep 2022

Clapham and Ethel streets, Thornbury – pedestrian crossing closure

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The pedestrian rail crossing just north of Thornbury Station will be closed from Tuesday 17 May to late September.

18 May 2022 1652796000 1652968740 to 19 May 2022

Bell Street, Preston – level crossing closure

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Bell Street, Preston will be closed at the level crossing from 9pm Wednesday 18 May to 5am Thursday 19 May.

18 May 2022 1652796000 1652796000

Oakover Road, Preston – level crossing closure

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Oakover Road, Preston will be closed at the level crossing from 12am to 9pm on Wednesday 18 May.

18 May 2022 1652796000 1654005540 to 31 May 2022

Murray Road, Preston – level crossing closure

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Murray Road, Preston will be closed at the level crossing at various times from Wednesday 18 May to Tuesday 31 May.

News

Getting the new Preston rail bridge ready for trains

Getting the new Preston rail bridge ready for trains

16 May 2022
4 level crossings to go in Preston next month

4 level crossings to go in Preston next month

14 Apr 2022

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Publications

Works notice – Upcoming 24 hour Preston works, May 2022

16 May 2022

Buses will replace trains on the Mernda line for Preston Level Crossing Removal works from 9pm Tuesday 17 May to last service Sunday 29 May 2022.

Works notice – Preston 24/7 works reminder

13 May 2022

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....

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