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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 – Preston night works

Works notice – site establishment and traffic changes on Edith Street, Preston

Works notice – site establishment and traffic changes on Railway Place West, Preston

Works notice – temporary closure of Railway Place East, Preston

Works notice – Preston Level Crossing Removal Project, service investigation works

Works notice – Preston Level Crossing Removal Project, rail communications upgrades

Works notice – Parker Street, Preston - changes to parking


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.

16 Feb 2021 1613394000 1615813140 to Mar 2021

Parker Street, Preston – car parking changes

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MERNDA LINE

The northern side of Parker Street and the eastern side of Taunton Avenue will be made a No Parking Zone from Tuesday 16 February to mid March.

07 Apr 2021 1617717600 1619791140 to 30 Apr 2021

Cramer Street, Preston – lane and footpath closures

Road; Pedestrian

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MERNDA LINE

The slow lane on Cramer Street, Preston will be closed between St Georges Road and the level crossing from 7am Wednesday 7 April to 6pm Friday 30 April. The northern pedestrian footpath will also be closed.

11 Apr 2021 1618063200 1618408740 to 14 Apr 2021

Coulson Reserve, Clifton Hill – pedestrian detours

Pedestrian

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MERNDA LINE

Minor pedestrian detours will be in place within Coulson Reserve from Sunday 11 April until Wednesday 14 April 2021.

05 May 2021 1620136800 1620482340 to 08 May 2021

Cramer Street, Preston – level crossing closure

Road

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MERNDA LINE

Cramer Street, Preston is closed to traffic at the level crossing from 8pm Wednesday 5 May to 6am Friday 7 May and from 7am Friday 7 May to 6am Saturday 8 May.

05 May 2021 1620136800 1620741540 to 11 May 2021

Mernda line – buses replace trains

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MERNDA LINE

Buses replace trains on the Mernda line between Clifton Hill and Reservoir from 8.15pm Wednesday 5 May to last service Tuesday 11 May.

06 May 2021 1620223200 1620568740 to 09 May 2021

Oakover Road, Preston – level crossing closure

Road

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MERNDA LINE

Oakover Road, Preston will be closed to traffic at the level crossing from 7am Thursday 6 May to 7pm Sunday 9 May.

07 May 2021 1620309600 1620568740 to 09 May 2021

Murray Road, Preston – level crossing closure

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MERNDA LINE

Murray Road, Preston will be closed to traffic at the level crossing from 7am Friday 7 May to 6am Saturday 8 May (intermittent closure) and 6am Saturday 8 May to 7pm Sunday 9 May (full closure).

News

Preston open space feedback report now released

Preston open space feedback report now released

06 Apr 2021
Get involved in our Preston project

Get involved in our Preston project

15 Mar 2021

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Publications

Works notice – Coulson Reserve, Clifton Hill, signalling and communications works

01 Apr 2021

The Preston Level Crossing Removal Project will be carrying out signalling and communications works within Coulson Reserve, Clifton Hill, from Sunday 11 April until Wednesday 14 April 2021.

Bell Station overview and FAQs

01 Apr 2021

The Level Crossing Removal Project is removing four level crossings and building two new stations in Preston. These are some of our frequently asked questions.

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Oakover Road, Preston

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