Four Preston level crossings to go
Early works to remove four dangerous and congested level crossings and build two new stations and a stretch of elevated rail in Preston will start next year.
Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed a new two-kilometre rail bridge will remove the level crossings at Bell Street, Cramer Street, Murray Road and Oakover Road.
“Another four level crossings are being removed so we can run more trains more often, with work to begin next year,” the Premier said.
“This project will deliver new stations, faster services and less congestion on local streets – as well as new, green open space for the community.”
Around 82,000 vehicles go through the level crossings each day. Bell Street is the busiest road with 52,000 vehicles each day and the boom gates down for up to 40 per cent of the morning peak.
Detailed planning and engineering have determined the best way to remove the crossing – given the constraints on this section of the Mernda line – is to elevate the line and use an innovative U-Trough design.
New stations will be built at Bell and Preston, and a section of the track will be straightened to deliver faster and more frequent services into the future.
The level crossings will be removed by the end of 2022 and the open space ready for locals to enjoy in 2023.