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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 – Overnight works, road closures and driveway access changes, Clinch Avenue and Murray Road

Works notice – Night works at Preston Station in early 2022

Works notice – Hardstand and L-Beam works at Donovan Street, Preston

Construction update – Preston January 2022 works

Works notice – We're halfway there – thank you Preston

Works notice – Traffic and driveway access changes on Edith Street

Works notice – Traffic and driveway access changes on Clinch Avenue and Murray Road

Works notice – Plenty Road, Preston temporary on-street parking closure


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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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 1654091940 to Jun 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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MERNDA LINE

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

Bell Station, Preston – access and precinct changes

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MERNDA LINE

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

06 May 2021 1620223200 1672491540 to Dec 2022

Preston Station – access and precinct changes

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MERNDA LINE

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

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.

01 Jun 2021 1622469600 1672491540 to Dec 2022

Edith Street, Preston – southbound road closure

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Edith Street will be closed to southbound traffic between Cramer Street and Bruce Street from Tuesday 1 June 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.

20 Jan 2022 1642597200 1643201940 to Jan 2022

Donovan Street, Preston – night road closures

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Donovan Street will be closed and driveways will be blocked overnight for up to a week from Thursday 20 January, between 9pm and 5am.

07 Feb 2022 1644152400 1644929940 to 15 Feb 2022

Edith Street, Preston – road closure

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Edith Street will be closed to traffic from 7pm Monday 7 February to 7am Tuesday 15 February.

08 Feb 2022 1644238800 1644929940 to 15 Feb 2022

Clinch Avenue, Preston – overnight road closure

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Clinch Avenue will be closed to traffic from William Street to Murray Road from 8pm to 8am on Monday 8 February to Friday 11 February and 8pm to 8am on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 February.

14 Feb 2022 1644757200 1645016340 to 16 Feb 2022

Murray Road, Preston – level crossing closure

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Murray Road, Preston will be closed at the level crossing from 7pm Monday 14 February to 6am on Wednesday 16 February.

News

Shop and win in Preston this Christmas

Shop and win in Preston this Christmas

12 Dec 2021
Project presence at Preston Market

Project presence at Preston Market

24 Nov 2021

Featured video

Image gallery

Publications

Works notice – overnight works, road closures and driveway access changes, Clinch Avenue and Murray Road

21 Jan 2022

From Tuesday 8 to Tuesday 15 February 2022, the Preston Level Crossing Removal Project will be installing L-beams over Murray Road and at Clinch Avenue.

Works notice – Night works at Preston Station in early 2022

17 Jan 2022

Major construction on the Preston Level Crossing Removal Project continues with our elevated rail bridges and stations taking shape.

Map

Murray Road, Preston

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