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.
If you have any questions or would like more information about the project you can:
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
- call us on 1800 105 105, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- text PRESTON to 0428 581 917 for SMS construction alerts
Current works notices
Railway Reserve Bike Path, Preston – shared use path closure
The Railway Reserve Bike Path will be closed intermittently from Wednesday 30 September 2020 to late 2022.
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.
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 – car park closures
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.
Edith Street, Preston – car park closure
Car parks on the eastern side of Edith Street, Preston will be closed from Monday 16 November 2020 to late 2022.
Bell Station, Preston – car park closures
There will be car park closures at Bell Station from Tuesday 12 January 2021 to late 2022.
Bruce Street, Preston – pedestrian crossing closure
The Bruce Street, Preston pedestrian crossing is closed from Monday 18 January 2021 to late 2022.
Clinch Avenue, Preston – northbound road closure
Clinch Avenue will be closed to northbound traffic between Murray Road and Williams Street from Monday 3 May to late 2022.
Cramer Street, Preston – pedestrian crossing closure
The northern footpath at the Cramer Street pedestrian rail crossing will be closed from 7am Thursday 6 May 2021 to late 2022.
Preston Station – access and precinct changes
There will be access changes around Preston Station from Thursday 6 May 2021 to late 2022 to allow for level crossing removal works.
Bell Station, Preston – access and precinct changes
Bell Station passengers will use temporary station facilities on the west side of the rail line, near Isaacs Street until late 2022.
Railway Place East, Preston – northbound road closure
Railway Place will be closed to north-bound traffic between Esther Street and Oakover Road from Monday 31 May 2021 until late 2022.
Edith Street, Preston – southbound road closure
Edith Street will be closed to southbound traffic between Cramer Street and Bruce Street from Tuesday 1 June 2021 until late 2022.
Murray Road, Gilbert Road and Cramer Street, Preston – parking changes
Temporary overnight no standing zones will be put in place from Thursday 5 August to late 2021.
Croxton Station, Northcote – pedestrian crossing closure
The pedestrian rail crossing north of Croxton Station will be closed intermittently from Monday 20 August to mid October.
Donovan Street, Preston – traffic changes
Sections of Donovan Street will be closed at times from Monday 30 August to late September.
Mernda line – buses replace trains
Buses replace trains on sections of the Mernda line throughout September and October.
Cramer Street, Preston – on street parking changes
There will be no standing for vehicles on Cramer Street between Bond Street and St. Georges Road from Tuesday 14 September until late 2022.
Thornbury and Preston – pedestrian crossing closures
Multiple pedestrian rail crossings in Thornbury and Preston will be closed from 8pm Friday 1 October to 6am Monday 4 October and from 8pm Friday 8 October to 6am Monday 11 October.
Publications20 Sep 2021
The Preston Level Crossing Removal Project will be undertaking 24-hour works within the rail corridor between Rushall Station, Fitzroy North, and Regent Street, Preston.13 Sep 2021
On Saturday 18 September, we will be completing power pole removal work at the intersection of Railway Place East and Oakover Road. These works were originally planned to take place in July and August