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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 Level Crossing Removal Project, January works

Works notice – Preston investigation works, January

Works notice –  Batman depot carpark construction

Works notice – demolition of former Girl Guides and Trugo Club buildings


Current disruptions

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 precinct – car park closures

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MERNDA LINE

There will be car park closures around the Preston Station precinct 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 1669899540 to Dec 2022

Bell Station, Preston – access changes and car park closures

Road; Pedestrian

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MERNDA LINE

There will be access changes and car park closures around Bell Station from Tuesday 12 January 2021 to late 2022.

18 Jan 2021 1610888400 1612184340 to 01 Feb 2021

Bruce Street, Preston – pedestrian crossing closure

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MERNDA LINE

The Bruce Street, Preston pedestrian crossing is closed from Monday 18 January to Monday 1 February.

21 Jan 2021 1611147600 1611925140 to 29 Jan 2021

Preston Market – overnight car park closure

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MERNDA LINE

Some car parks at Preston Market will be closed for overnight works from 6pm Thursday 21 January to 7am Friday 22 January and from 6pm Wednesday 27 January to 7am Friday 29 January.

News

More progress at Preston

More progress at Preston

07 Jan 2021
Preston’s newest open spaces

Preston’s newest open spaces

07 Dec 2020

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Publications

Works notice – Preston Level Crossing Removal Project, January works

21 Dec 2020

From Tuesday 12 January to late January 2021 we’ll be setting up site at Bell Station, which will include the installation of construction barriers, temporary fencing and site sheds.

Preston community update – December 2020

21 Dec 2020

Early works have started on the Preston level crossing removals in preparation for major construction scheduled to begin in 2021.

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Oakover Road, Preston

Current events

Preston Open Space community drop-in sessions

Based on current health advice our upcoming Preston Open Space community info sessions have been cancelled. There are a number of ways you can still engage with us. Find out more here.

28 Mar 2020

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