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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 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) was formed to help shape three 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.

The open space concept designs are the result of online community engagement activity 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 overseeing the removal of 75 dangerous and congested level crossings across Melbourne by 2025.


Current works notices

Works notice – temporary closure of Murray Road

Works notice – Preston piling works

Works notice – Preston Level Crossing Removal Project Clinch Avenue traffic changes


Current disruptions

30 Sep 2020 1601388000 1672318740 to Dec 2022

Railway Reserve Bike Path, Preston – shared use path closure

Pedestrian; Cycling

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MERNDA LINE

The Railway Reserve Bike Path will be closed intermittently from Wednesday 30 September 2020 to late 2022.

20 Oct 2020 1603112400 1671109140 to Dec 2022

Preston Oval, Preston – car park closure

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MERNDA LINE

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

Pedestrian; Cycling

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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

Road

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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

Road; Pedestrian

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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

Road

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MERNDA LINE

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

Pedestrian

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MERNDA LINE

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

Road; Pedestrian

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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

Road; Pedestrian

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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

Pedestrian; Train

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MERNDA LINE

Bell Station will be closed and passengers will use the temporary station facilities on the west side of the rail line, near Isaacs Street from Thursday 6 May to late 2022.

06 May 2021 1620223200 1672491540 to Dec 2022

Preston Station – access and precinct changes

Pedestrian; Train

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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

Road

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MERNDA LINE

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

Road

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MERNDA LINE

Edith Street will be closed to southbound traffic between Cramer Street and Bruce Street from Tuesday 1 June 2021 until late 2022.

09 Jun 2021 1623193200 1623193200

Murray Road, Preston – road and footpath closure

Road; Pedestrian

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MERNDA LINE

Murray Road will be closed between St Georges Road and Clinch Avenue between 9am and 3.30pm on Wednesday 9 June. The southern footpath on Murray Road will also be closed during this time.

News

Six day construction blitz wraps up in Preston

Six day construction blitz wraps up in Preston

14 May 2021
Preston Market Spend and Win competition winners announced

Preston Market Spend and Win competition winners announced

11 May 2021

Featured video

Image gallery

Publications

Works notice – temporary closure of Murray Road

04 Jun 2021

The Preston Level Crossing Removal Project will be undertaking utility relocations on the corner of Murray Road and Clinch Avenue, on Wednesday 9 June 2021.

Preston Project Area Designation

01 Jun 2021

On 7 May 2020, the Minister for Planning designated the Project Area under section 95 of the Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act 2009 (MTPF Act).

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Murray Road, Preston

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