The level crossing at Oakover Road in Preston will be one of five removed along the Mernda line. Other sites for removal include Cramer Street, Murray Road and Bell Street in Preston, and High Street in Reservoir.
The removal of these level crossings will include the construction of a new Preston Station.
The boom gates in Preston can be down for up to 40 per cent of the 7:00am to 9:00am peak, when up to 32 trains run through the crossings. Current network plans involve increasing trains running on the Mernda line, meaning more boom gate downtime.
The Oakover Road, Preston level crossing was identified as a priority site for removal in the Victorian Government’s Site Prioritisation Framework.
Using the Site Prioritisation Framework, crossings at Cramer Street, Murray Road and Oakover Road in Preston have been identified as priority sites for future removal.
Prioritising level crossings for removal is a complex task, with no simple answer. This is because there are a range of different factors which may warrant removal of a level crossing.