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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 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 – reminder of temporary closure of Oakover Road and Railway Place East

Works notice – Preston sewer pipe relocation works

Works notice – overnight deliveries at Preston Station in August

Works notice  –  Preston acquired property removal

Works notice – Thornbury Station rail communication upgrades


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

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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

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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

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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 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

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

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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

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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.

13 Jul 2021 1626098400 1628344740 to 07 Aug 2021

Oakover Road, Preston – intermittent lane closures

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MERNDA LINE

There be intermittent westbound lane closures on Oakover Road, Preston from Tuesday 13 July to Saturday 7 August.

13 Jul 2021 1626098400 1628344740 to 07 Aug 2021

Railway Place East, Preston – intermittent lane closures

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MERNDA LINE

There will be intermittent lane closures on Railway Place East (northbound) between Miller Street and Oakover Road from Tuesday 13 July to Saturday 7 August.

17 Jul 2021 1626444000 1627739940 to Jul 2021

Bell Street and Donovan Street, Preston – intersection closure

Road; Pedestrian

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MERNDA LINE

The Bell Street and Donovan Street intersection will be closed to traffic from Saturday 17 July to end of July.

29 Jul 2021 1627480800 1630418340 to Aug 2021

Bell Street and Donovan Street, Preston – pedestrian crossing closure

Pedestrian

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MERNDA LINE

The pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Bell Street and Donovan Street will also be closed intermittently from Thursday 29 July to end of August.

29 Jul 2021 1627480800 1630418340 to Aug 2021

Donovan Street, Preston – traffic changes

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MERNDA LINE

The width of Donovan Street will be reduced from Thursday 29 July to end of August.

04 Aug 2021 1628035200 1628344740 to 07 Aug 2021

Oakover Road and Railway Place East, Preston – intersection closure

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MERNDA LINE

The intersection of Oakover Road and Railway Place East will be closed to traffic on Wednesday 4 August and Saturday 7 August.

05 Aug 2021 1628085600 1639573140 to Dec 2021

Murray Road, Gilbert Road and Cramer Street, Preston – parking changes

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MERNDA LINE

Temporary overnight no standing zones will be put in place from Thursday 5 August to late 2021.

09 Aug 2021 1628431200 1629813540 to 24 Aug 2021

Mernda line – buses replace trains

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MERNDA LINE

Buses replace trains between Clifton Hill and Mernda from 9pm to the last service on selective weeknights throughout August.

News

Piling begins at Preston

Piling begins at Preston

15 Jun 2021
Six day construction blitz wraps up in Preston

Six day construction blitz wraps up in Preston

14 May 2021

Featured video

Image gallery

Publications

Works notice – Preston sewer pipe relocation works

02 Aug 2021

From Thursday 5 August until mid- September the Preston Level Crossing Removal Team will be relocating a section of the sewer pipe to make way for the rail bridge.

Preston Level Crossing Removal Project – How we'll build the rail bridge

27 Jul 2021

Read our fact sheet for more information on how we’ll build the new elevated rail in Preston and what to expect.

Map

Oakover Road, Preston

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