Buckley Street, Essendon

Project overview

Major construction to remove the level crossing at Buckley Street in Essendon is now complete.

The level crossing has been removed by building a road underpass beneath the railway line, and we've included new service roads to maintain local access.

Minor works, including landscaping, will continue until early 2019.

Buckley Street is one of the key arterial roads in Melbourne’s inner north west, connecting Keilor and Avondale Heights in the west with Mt Alexander Road in the east.

Before the level crossing was removed, the boom gates were down for about 78 minutes during the morning peak, impacting the 11,000 vehicles that used the road each day.

Project overview

Major construction to remove the level crossing at Buckley Street in Essendon is now complete.

The level crossing has been removed by building a road underpass beneath the railway line, and we've included new service roads to maintain local access.

Minor works, including landscaping, will continue until early 2019.

Buckley Street is one of the key arterial roads in Melbourne’s inner north west, connecting Keilor and Avondale Heights in the west with Mt Alexander Road in the east.

Before the level crossing was removed, the boom gates were down for about 78 minutes during the morning peak, impacting the 11,000 vehicles that used the road each day.

Have a question about the level crossing removal at Buckley Street in Essendon?

To provide you with accurate information we may need to confirm details with various experts working on the project. This may slightly delay our response. 

Ask us your question below and we'll get back to you with the information you need. If your question is urgent, give us a call on 1800 762 667 (24 hours, 7 days).


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  • A Terrible traffic increase in McPhail st street has occurred as a direct result of the Buckley St level crossing removal. The additional safety problems introduced to both McPhail st but also its’ intersection with Buckley street are a major concern to both pedestrians and road users in this area. What if anything is being done to address these problems? Please don’t reply with just a meaningless answer. I look forward with great interest to your reply as I am preparing an analysis of what has happened here. Cheers... Paul

    Paz asked 5 months ago

    Hi Paz, a post-project traffic assessment was carried out in the area around the new Buckley Street underpass earlier in the year. The results are currently being reviewed and they will determine if any additional measures are required. These measures may include speed humps, signage or turning bans. Also, VicRoads are currently looking into the installation of a pedestrian crossing near McPhail Street. Enquiries can be emailed directly to VicRoads using the following email: mnw.communications@roads.vic.gov.au

  • When will the Russell St pedestrian access to the station be complete?

    sunny asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Sunny, as we complete upgrade works to the central underpass, access will switch sides over the next two weeks. 

    Our disruptions page: https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/disruptions/essendon-station-underpass-closure has details on the exact dates, but come mid-November, the central underpass will be completely open on both sides.

  • Hi, Wondering if you have a detailed schematic diagram of the current state of Buckley St? In particular, I'm looking for the lane widths for the road east of the trench (both directions) to and from Mt Alexander Rd. Regards, Aaron Brooke

    Aaron B asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Aaron, a detailed aerial map and diagram of the Buckley Street level crossing removal project area is available on our website: https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/projects/buckley-street-essendon/image-gallery

  • What does not preferred mean? It is an underpass that would permit people on the south side of Buckley St to cross the rail line without having to cross Buckley St and go through one of the train station underpasses. Those who have mobility issues or a pram will now have to walk halfway up Essendon station, go through the middle underpass and then walk further away from Buckley St before walking all the way back again or take their chances with the steps at the southern underpass. This is significantly worse than what was there before the road under rail project. You should at least restore the pedestrian crossing that was on the south side of Buckley Street before this project if you are no longer going to do the underpass. I am not sure who you are consulting but they are making very poor decisions.

    MikeL asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Mike, feedback received from the local community and stakeholders was that the proposed new southern shared user path was not preferred. 

    Based on this feedback, the decision was made to upgrade the entrances to the central underpass, making them DDA compliant to benefit not just train commuters but people moving through the station precinct.

  • When will the pedestrian underpass on the south side of Buckley Street that is shown in your videos going to be installed? Without this underpass, even when the underpasses on the north side are functional, people with mobility issues will have to cross Buckley St, walk halfway up Essendon station, then come back again to cross the train line.

    MikeL asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Mike, thanks for your question.

    The underpass on the south side of Buckley Street was removed from the scope of this project earlier this year after community and stakeholder feedback suggested it was not preferred. Instead, the decision was made to improve the DDA access to the central underpass, closer to Essendon Station by including new DDA compliant entry ramps. 

    People using these improved ramps at the central underpass will not have to cross Buckley Street, as our project has built new pedestrian pathways either side of the train line, connecting the north and south sides of Russell and Rose streets.

  • Is Platform 1 being extended as part of this project? I'm led to believe it's too short for a full-length train and that the main issue with extending it has always been the crossing being there. With it gone, surely that's a good opportunity to do it?

    MooneePondsMan asked over 1 year ago

    Hi MooneePondsMan, thanks for your question. Any alterations to the heritage-listed Essendon Station platforms are outside the scope of our project. 

    Any works to change the existing platforms would be part of a future project, subject to funding and in conjunction with Heritage Victoria approvals.

  • Can I turn onto Rose street now from Buckley road as I am planning to go down there after school.

    Eleni asked over 1 year ago

    Hi there Eleni, the intersection of Rose and Buckley streets is open today, so you will be able access Rose Street from Buckley Street. Please take care on the roads and follow detours and traffic management.

  • And to have local MP out there with someone in a wheelchair- essendon station won’t be DDA compliant- so stop with the false advertising- my father is disabled- can’t use Essendon currently and won’t be able to after this crap- tell the truth.

    Krissi asked over 1 year ago

    Krissi, as part of our project we are undertaking works around the station precinct, including improvements to the entrance ramps on Rose and Russell Streets that lead to the central underpass at Essendon Station. 

    Both these new entrances will feature new, DDA-compliant ramps. Any changes to the central underpass ramps that lead to station platforms would be part of any future upgardes to Essendon Station.

  • To drive from Violet street across to Lorraine St will entail what after this debacle?????

    Krissi asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question. We understand our project will mean some changes to how traffic accesses the local area. 

    Separating through traffic from local traffic will ease congestion on Buckley Street and adjacent local roads. Under the design, both Violet and Lorraine will operate as a left turn in, left turn out arrangement. 

    Both will be accessible from the new service roads on either side of Buckley Street.

  • What r u going to do about residents getting disturbed, no sleep during works, house being destroyed because of movement due to digging- or no care as per usual from LXRA

    Krissi asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Krissi, we work closely with any potentially affected residents during our works to help minimise impacts as much as possible. 

    If you find yourself affected during our works, and haven't already, we encourage you to contact the project team on 1800 105 105 or you can visit our info hub in person at 20 Russell Street, Essondon, between 2pm and 5pm on Thursdays.

  • Why are you treating people at the 465 Rose street bus stop like second people compared to St Kilda Road metro project which rain protection shelters - tents & extra lighting etc. You treat western suburb people - like 2nd class to eastern projects We have a 500m walk to an "under tree" bus stop with NO RAIN shelter Old people & school kid exposed to rain with no protection - IT IS WINTER - hello You construction camp is 10 better Have spoken to local ALP member office - Danny Pearson - over 10 days ago NO action It is winter and heavy latter this week want shelter installed asap Do you have any comments before this email is past onto AGE & SUN newspapers in next 24 hours Western Suburbs people are not 2nd Class Doug Allen 0400 078 351

    Doug Allen asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Doug, thank you for your message. We work closely with Public Transport Victoria and Metro Trains who organise the replacement bus stop locations during our works. They are continually looking at how the passenger experience can be improved, and we've passed your feedback on to them.

  • Very happy with current works and replacement buses this week were excellent along with staff. New train time information screens have been installed on the station platform. While informative, these are very small and quite difficult to read. Can additional screens be installed at other places along the platform or bigger screens as those in the city loop. Many thanks

    Merril asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Merril, thank you very much, we're glad you had a good experience with the replacement buses. The new train info displays at the station are looked after by Metro Trains, who are responsible for all the station infrastructure. We've passed your message on to them.

  • Regarding the Buckley Street, Essendon upgrade. Can you tell me if the previous car parks at Essendon Station will be replaced?

    Donna Atkins asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Donna, thanks for your question. If you are referring to the parking spaces at Essendon Station that are being used for the construction site, then the answer is yes, these will return to original all-day parking when the project is completed later this year.

  • The last topic is quite disturbing. Violet St is quite a way down the hill. Surely it could have been designed so that underpass traffic could turn right into it. You said in answer to me below that traffic can turn left from Violet St into the underpass ("Vehicles turning onto Buckley Street to head east will be able to choose the road underpass or the new service road. ") It's inconsistent that left turn out of Violet St is possible but not right turn in. Seeing where they are up to with the work (very little on the underpass itself) I don't think it's too late to change it! Not only will McPhail St residents have to deal with inappropriate traffic, those who choose to avoid it because it's narrow will turn down the much wider Daisy St (my street) as the next option.

    TrainUser asked over 1 year ago

    Hi TrainUser, with our design, Violet Street will operate under a left turn in, left turn out arrangement. 

    You are correct that traffic will be able to turn left from Violet Street and chose to travel either through the road underpass or the new service road. Traffic travelling in the opposite direction, west down Buckley Street, will first be able to turn right at McPhail Street via a dedicated right turn lane. Traffic will also be permitted to make a U-turn at this location. 

    This will allow traffic to either access Violet Street, continue through the underpass or travel down the new service lane. These service lanes will allow access to local streets and will result in less short-cutting through streets such as McPhail and Daisy Streets. 

    The beginning and end points of the new underpass allow for traffic to travel at the appropriate gradient of 5% while still allowing the minimum 5.4 metres clearance underneath the train line. If the underpass were to start or end at different points, the road would become too steep or not allow enough clearance for high vehicles and trucks.

  • Hi, It has recently (and surprisingly) come to the attention of McPhail Street residents that amendments have been made so that McPhail Street will be the first street vehicles will be able to turn right into (rather than Violet St) from Buckley Street when travelling west. We are very concerned as McPhail street is the narrowest of all the streets that run in the north/south direction and therefore not practical or safe for increased two-way volumes. Over the past three weeks, there has been a significant amount of vehicles using McPhail street as a short cut, and excessive speeds observed. Our street is rapidly becoming a dangerous thoroughfare. As the housing density rapidly increases, the intended benefits of the railway crossing removal may be inconsequential, especially with underpass lanes to be three rather than four. It is difficult to envisage that the inappropriate use of McPhail street as a shortcut will be just temporary and the issue will disappear upon completion of the project.

    Deb asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Deb, thank you for your question.

    While our design has not changed, you are correct that McPhail Street represents the first opportunity for west-bound traffic to turn right from Buckley Street, from a dedicated right turn lane. Vehicles will also be able to complete a U-turn at this location.

    Currently, both local and through traffic have to use the same road or short cut through local streets to avoid congestion. With our design, through traffic will have an uninterrupted run via the new road underpass, and local traffic will be able to use the new service lanes to access roads such as McPhail, Rose and Violet streets.

    This will mean through traffic will no longer have to use local roads for short cutting, and vehicles wanting access to local roads can U-turn and use the dedicated service lanes to access Violet, Flower and Rose Streets instead of turning right into McPhail Street. 

    Traffic analysis shows that three lanes in the road underpass, combined with the two new services lanes is sufficient to accommodate existing and future traffic on Buckley Street. 

  • With making Sherbourne st 2 way at Buckley St this encourages buses and traffic to enter Sherbourne street which we know can not cater for two way or large vehicles. So traffic is expected to divert up Stanley and onto Lesley. Why send traffic up Sherbourne and Stanley if the aim is to direct traffic up Leslie Rd? Why not just allow traffic to exit Buckley at Leslie Rd at a wide street capable of accepting traffic and not diverting traffic into narrow congested streets. Cars are sure to continue up Sherbourne for direct access to Park st. We should not be allowing buses into minor st when we have major streets to provide their route. I don't want buses encouraged or even allowed to travel through Stanley St as it is added danger for no benefit.

    C asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Cat, thanks for your questions. You've raised quite a few issues, our project team will be in touch shortly with a response.

  • re Buckley St crossing. Could you tell me if the current walkway with steps which go under the railway line ( the most southern underpass currently ) is to be removed and the reason please???. I don't understand why you are removing access for pedestrians to go under the railway line there on Buckley St. How do I walk from Sherbourne st to Carlyle St? You need a pedestrian underpass on the southern side of Buckley to keep all the foot traffic coming from the south side of Buckley to stay south side of Buckley St. Many children walk to St Monica's primary school. you are forcing children into busy routes. You should design to keep them south of Buckley as a direct route. this is also relevant to less able pedestrians. You should be planing a direct route not sending them 100m into the station underpasses to have to walk 100 m back to Buckley. Please consider providing a direct route under the railway on Buckley st to enable pedestrians to stay on the south side of Buckley St and not send them into the mix under the Station.

    C asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Cat, thanks for your questions. You've raised quite a few issues, our project team will be in touch shortly with a response.

  • When will trains stop running through Essendon Station?

    Rachael asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Rachel, thanks for your question. We are yet to finalise the rail disruption dates for the Buckley Street level crossing removal project, but we'll advertise these disruptions well in advance of them occuring.

  • As long winded and detailed these answers may require to be, I request you go back and answer them. The more detail you can answer an enquiry I see as beneficial not too complicated. It is these too hard questions that we want answered not dismissed or referred.if one person is asking I'm sure many want the answer. That is your job of this avenue.

    C asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Cat, thanks for your questions. You've raised quite a few issues, our project team will be in touch shortly with a response.

  • Hi, Would you be able to please explain why there was car parks closed off in Rose Street on Friday & Saturday with no notification or warning? I feel that this is just the start of the obvious blatant disregard for the rose street traders and consumers #hurtingalready

    andelhomewares asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Andelhomewares, thanks for getting in touch. Notifications were distributed prior to the work and members of our project team have spoken with you about your concerns. We've passed this feedback on to the crew. Thank you.

  • Hello, I refer to the LXRA map at: https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/projects/buckley-street-essendon#gallery-225554-1 It shows that the underpass starts at about Violet St on the western side. Will vehicles be able to turn left from Violet St into the underpass? The map also shows what I assume is a barrier between the lanes leading to the underpass entrance. Will vehicles travelling west be able to do a right U-turn around it? For example, it appears that the barrier will prevent vehicles turning right from Lorraine St into the underpass, so they would have to turn left and then turn around somewhere.

    TrainUser asked over 1 year ago

    Hi TrainUser, 

    Thanks for your question. You’re correct, Violet Street will become left turn in, left turn out under our design. Vehicles turning onto Buckley Street to head east will be able to choose the road underpass or the new service road. Lorraine street will also become left turn in, left turn out. Vehicles will not be able turn right into the underpass from Lorraine Street due to the current median strip being extended towards McPhail Street. However traffic exiting Lorraine Street or travelling west will be able to use the right turn lane on Buckley Street to either enter McPhail Street or make a U-Turn to travel east.

  • Can you please advise who I need to complain to about the afternoon/evening buses which are running red lights at the Buckley/Mt Alexander Rd intersection in a bid to get to the new stops along Mt Alexander Rd? Every afternoon (app 5.30pm) I have witnessed buses going over the crossings when the pedestrian light is green. It's obvious that they can't be bothered stopping when they get an amber light and as a result find themselves stuck in the middle of the intersection, so travel forward regardless despite there being pedestrians about to cross. This is an incredibly dangerous situation which is occurring on a daily basis.

    Worried asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi, thanks for bringing this to our attention. We’ve passed your complaint onto PTV, who are responsible for operating the bus services, to investigate. If you witness any further incidents, we encourage you to contact PTV directly on 1800 800 007.

    Thank you again for bringing this to our attention. 

  • Cnr of Russell st and Buckley Street is closed of to traffic as of Monday 26th Feb 2018. I Travel from Avondale Heights to Essendon Station down Buckley street is the Essendon Carpark still open to commuters traveling on the trains to the city? How can this carpark be accessible now?

    Avondale Heights Cummuter asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi there, thanks for your question.

    While we complete underground service relocation works, the intersection of Buckley and Russell streets will be closed until 16 April 2018.

    The station car park is still open and operating as usual. Access to Russell St and the Essendon Station car park is possible from Mt. Alexander Road. Thanks for your patience while we work towards removing this dangerous and congested level crossing. 

  • In the revised design it states that sharrows will direct cyclists to VicRoads cycling routes. There is no mention as to where these cycling routes are. Are they safer? Who has made the recommendation for these routes? Have cyclists actually been involved in the decision making process to reroute them from the principal cycling route along Buckley St. As a cyclist why do I have to get off my bike to walk down steps under the station? (Car drivers aren't being asked to turn off their engines and push their vehicles through the tunnel!) This design again highlights discrimination against road users who choose not to drive a car. Why has it been heard in community consultation meetings (from LXRA staff) that it wouldn't be safe to ride in the underpass? Why would a road be built that makes it more unsafe for a legitimate road user and then hamper them with a more inconvenient method of traversing the rail line? The removal of the proposed underpass on the Southern end of the crossing was done without consultation with the community. Why did this happen? Why does the design lack adherence to road planning guidelines and recommendations? Can Kevin Devlin please respond as to the decision to discriminate against particular segments of the community? Can the Level Crossing Removal Authority please release to the community the entire decision making process or do we have to get that through FOI requests. Can the Level Crossing Removal Authority please explain how it can legitimately defend a civil action when a cyclist gets injured using either the road or pedestrian underpasses due to the lack of a safe design? The northern service road on Buckley St to the east of the station approaching Mount Alexander Road would appear to need separate signalling to allow vehicles in it to turn left, right or go straight ahead. Does this mean that the light sequence at the Buckley St, Mount Alexander road will get longer? This would appear to negate the effect of the tunnel and also mean that it takes longer for pedestrians to cross this intersection. Would this be a fair assumption to make? (given that there is a complete lack in the detail related to the final outcomes). Is there actually a completed design or is the Authority still working on the premise of concept and then design as you build?

    Mdent asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi there, thanks for your enquiry.

    Your enquiry raises a few questions and we would be happy to talk to you to answer them. Please get in contact with the project team by calling 1800 105 105 or visiting the Essendon Info Hub on Thursday between 2pm and 7pm at 20 Russell Street.

    Thanks for your patience.

  • Hi, Can you tell me where the divider wall will start & end on the Lincoln Road side of the crossing?

    Complete Balloon Decorating asked almost 2 years ago

    Thanks for your question. Our design extends along Buckley Street from the intersection of Mt Alexander Road to the east, to just before Lorraine Street to the west. The design of the Buckley Street level crossing removal project is available on our website, and can be seen here: levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/218456/NWP-007-D-NWA-SKT-00-ESD-CUT-0057.pdf

  • I’m told cyclists are to be banned from using the new Buckley Street underpass on the road, and that they are expected to get off the road bikes, walk in their cycling shoes down stairs, through the pedestrian pass and back up some stairs and then re-entering the road. This doesn’t sound right, can someone please confirm?

    Smith asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Smith, thanks for your question. Cyclists are permitted to travel on arterial and local roads, including Buckley Street. However, they'll be encouraged to ride on the new service roads on either side of Buckley Street. These roads are designed to be low-speed, making it safer.

  • HI! Thank god this is happening, however just curious as to whether this will affect the Craigieburn line going to and from the city from other stations (Pascoe Vale to be precise). Will trains be running during the works?

    Ellyse asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Ellyse, Thanks for your question. We are currently in the process of determining the exact details of our construction plan and any disruptions that may occur as a result. While we can’t provide exact details at this time, we will provide any updates well ahead of any disruptions so travellers can factor them into their travel plans. If you haven’t already, you can sign up to receive updates about the project at levelcrosssings.vic.gov.au/subscribe

  • G'day! I was searching for any mention of Gaffney St level crossings in Pascoe Vale but could not find the conversation thread. What I find interesting is the removal of Buckley St’s level crossing but there was no mention of Gaffney St. With Pascoe Vale’s population currently at 17,051, it has seen an increase of 14.55% since the 2011 ABS data was published and a 14.06% increase in private dwellings. Although, Essendon is at 20,596 and hence, a higher population, if you take the suburb area space into consideration, Pascoe Vale has a denser population amounting to 3,479 people per kms as oppose to Essendon of 3,321 per kms. With properties being more affordable in Pascoe Vale and significant growth in building since 2016, there is no doubt that Pascoe Vale’s population will only grow even more drastically. Being so close to the Citylink and the city, Gaffney St is one of the main artillery in this suburb that it’s a surprise Google Maps didn’t color it yellow. Buckley St goes from Essendon to Avondale Heights which is essentially 6.3 km or 3 suburbs. On the other hand, Gaffney St later on becomes Murray Rd which then becomes Southern Rd. It extends all the way to Heidelberg West which is a whopping 11.7 km or 4 suburbs! One would understand why Gaffney St is so popular. Having the railway crossing on this street has caused ridiculous congestions during peak hours when both cars and train schedules are at their highest. Now, in terms of getting people home safer and faster, as the population increase, so would the traffic. Unfortunately, Gaffney St railway crossing is very ‘strategically’ located at the bottom of a very steep hill. It looks pretty much like a valley and had caused numerous accidents and near miss as people tries to stop when the bar starts to come down. Or when they didn’t realise there were congestion at the other side of the hill and simply did not slow down for it. And lastly, I believe the noise pollution affects a wider radius for the Pascoe Vale residents. The reason is simply because Pascoe Vale’s station is located at the bottom of the “valley” and hence, both side of the hills are equally affected. There wasn’t anything to block the train’s honks! By no means am I saying that the Buckley St railway crossing is a bad decision. I think it is important to get that project going. My question is, if Buckley St is in the plan, shouldn't Gaffney St be there as well?

    IGAN asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Ivise, thanks for your message and your interest in the project.

    We’re glad you are happy about our plans to remove the Buckley St level crossing. There are around 170 level crossings in Melbourne and while we'd love to remove them all, we are currently focusing on the 50 nominated for removal by 2022 - unfortunately Gaffney St isn't included in this list.

    There are many factors to consider when determining which level crossings will be removed and the information you provided is part of what assists in deciding which ones will be removed in the future.If you haven’t already, you may like to sign up for email updates about the project at http://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/subscribe  

  • Both "Tayzer" and yourselves seem to have your easts and wests mixed up. Mount Alexander Road is _east_ of the crossing. You also have the two- and one-lane directions wrong. Either that or I've completely misunderstood the design up to now. (Not for publication, but you should fix that answer).

    TrainUser asked about 2 years ago

    Good pick up TrainUser, thanks for bringing that to our attention. We have amended the original answer.

  • Hello, i have just seen the video of the Buckley st removal. It looks like there is only 1 lane on Buckley st heading east towards Mount Alexander rd. There are currently 2 lanes now. Will this project remove 1 lane. Cheers Karlo

    Tayzer asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Tayzer, 

    Thanks for you question and your interest in the project. 

    You are correct. Once the level crossing is removed, the new Buckley Street Road underpass will have three lanes, two running west to east, and one running east to west. However, as shown in the video, the addition of new service lanes either side of Buckley Street will maintain traffic access to homes, schools and shops. This will mean that Buckley Street will primarily only be used for free-flowing through traffic without boom gates and traffic lights. 

    With this reduced congestion, our traffic modelling shows that a single lane travelling westbound on Buckley Street will have ample capacity to handle the through traffic on Buckley Street.

  • I don't have any problem in principle with the road-under-rail aspect of the design. My concerns are: 1. disability access to the station platforms. The existing central subway has ramps which are too steep to be DDA compliant, which makes the station entirely off limits to any disabled people who can't manage a steep ramp. This includes users of wheelchairs (manual or electric), because wheelchairs become unstable and tip over beyond a certain gradient. I don't have direct experience with mobility scooters but my understanding is they have the same problem. People using walking sticks find steep ramps impossible to manage as well. 2. disability access for pedestrians who wish to go from Russell St to Rose St and vice versa. The southernmost and middle subways are definitely not DDA compliant. The northernmost one is better, being level on the west side, but has a ramp on the east side that I think is too steep to be DDA compliant. Am I right in thinking that any changes to the station itself and to these three existing subways are outside the scope of this level crossing removal project? If so, then that fact, combined with the proposed rerouting of bus services, will aggravate the problems at a station which is already very poor in terms of DDA compliance. Currently, the majority of bus services are on the Russell St side, including the 903 Smartbus. And currently, the Altona-bound 903 travels south along Russell St and turns west over the level crossing. I think it's the only bus service that currently goes over the level crossing, although I could be mistaken. This route will now be completely blocked off. Looking at the map, I can't see how you will have any option but to reroute the 903 down Rose St. And if you do that, it will put the 903 on the opposite side of the railway line from the majority of bus services. For most passengers on the 903 who want to transfer to a Russell St bus, this is no big deal - they just use one of the three existing subways to cross under the railway line. But for disabled passengers, it's a huge inconvenience. If they can't manage a steep ramp, then they can't use those subways. If you're not going to replace those subways with DDA-compliant ones as part of this level crossing removal project, they will be forced to use the new underpass south of Buckley St. For a disabled person, that's a very long detour from the bus stop areas in Russell St and Rose St.

    DDA Karen asked about 2 years ago

    Thanks for your message and for your support as we get set to remove the level crossing at Buckley St. You are correct in your understanding that any changes to the Essendon Station and the three underpasses are outside the scope of this level crossing removal project.  

    Through our engagement with the local community, we are aware that access to Essendon Station is a problem. The project team is currently investigating what can be done in the area with respect to improving access and the local amenity. The station and the underpasses are heritage listed, so any works need to be approved by Heritage Victoria.

    As you note, the Route 903 currently has a stop on either side of Russell St. The project team are currently talking to transport agencies and local operators about the 903 stop location and we will be back out to the community with  more information soon. The design team are also working on improving the access between Rose and Russell St. Thanks for your feedback and interest in the project.

    Please subscribe for project updates at levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/subscribe to stay up-to-date on the project.

  • Could someone please call me? I've left phone messages and sent emails without response. Gavin Green

    Gavin Green asked about 2 years ago

    Hi there Ray, Good news! We've already completed investigative works to prepare for early works at the end of this year. Major works are due to begin next year with the boom gates scheduled to be gone by the end of 2018.

  • What are the plans for the safety of the students at the schools surrounding the immediate area during construction? The traffics along Leslie Road and Park Streets is already a challenge - during construction it will only be worse yet there are no lights to cross Park Street or Leslie Road. When the works are well underway many of the students are going to be forced to walk to Moonee Ponds station, at present the road crossings they will have to make will be extremely dangerous...rail replacement buses won't be adequate nor timely to cater for the students so walking will be the faster option.

    Edgee001 asked over 2 years ago

    Hi there, 

    Thanks for your questions and apologies for the delay in replying. 

    We're working closely with local schools and traders to best understand their needs and are committed to providing safe pathways for students and other pedestrians, both during construction and when the project is complete.

    We're currently working on the final designs for Buckley Street, and will know more about precise movements once that is complete.

    To receive regular updates about the project, you may wish to subscribe for e-updates at http://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/subscribe

  • 1. Why am I unable to find information from meeting held 19th August 2017? 2. Surveys are not even considering/interested in option of rail under road. Why? 3. When unable to attend meetings, there is never appropriate opportunity to put views/opinions on sites - can only respond to your preferred questions. Why are you preventing appropriate discussions? Why is the community not having unbiased opportunity to be "heard"? 4. I have kept old documentation from beginning of this venture. Original proposal, of rIl under road, from the Council, was definitely not as expensive as it is now claimed to be by LXRA. Plus, the plan had been prepared by engineers so was "doable". Why is this being ignored by LXRA? 5. I live very close to the Buckley Street boom gates. There is no way the boom gates are down for as long as LXRA is stating. What source are they getting their inaccurate numbers from? 6. Interestingly, survey does not have much room in comments area so very limited in what can say/add. Why? Was it done deliberately to minimise community opinions that may be contrary to what State Gov wants?

    Jennipenni asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Jenni,

    Thanks for getting in touch. Here are some answers to your questions! 

    1. The information and materials presented to the community at our drop-in session on the 19th August is all available online. You’ll find the artist’s impressions on the Online Hub here: https://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/buckley-street-essendon/photos The fact sheets on the road underpass, open spaces and local movements can be found on our website here: http://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/media-library/publications/buckley-st-publications 

     2. The Buckley Street level crossing will be removed by building a road underpass beneath the railway lines. The purpose of the survey is not about the method of removal, rather to gather community feedback on the open spaces which will result in the removal of the level crossing.

     3. There are several ways you can let us know your views and opinions, and ask us questions:

     - comment in the ‘Ask us’ section of the Online Hub  

    - email us at contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au 

     - give us a call on 1800 762 667 - contact us via social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - @levelcrossings 

     - in person at the Info Hub at 20 Russell Street, Essendon. We extended opening times last week to speak directly to the community following the drop-in session. 

    Opening times may vary so please check the opening hours of the Info Hub here on the Online Hub. 

     4. Building a road underpass beneath the railway tracks ensures we can: 

    - put safety first 

    - preserve the heritage listed Essendon Railway Station 

    - improve traffic flow and travel times 

    - avoid acquisition of properties

    - minimise disruption to commuters and the local community 

    - create better connections 

    - create more open space. 

     5. The Buckley Street boom gates are down for 78 minutes during the weekday morning peak. This figure derives from information provided to us by VicRoads and is measured from the moment the incoming train triggered the rail signals to flash red through to when the train has cleared the level crossing.

     6. There are three different sections which have a 250 character limit. These comment sections relate to directly to the survey. If you have further comments or questions for us, you can always contact us via the methods mentioned above. Jenni, please feel free to contact us with further questions using any of the methods outlined above. Another way of keeping up to date with the project is through subscribing to regular email updates http://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/subscribe

  • How will the buses in Russell St turn right onto Buckley St? Eg the 903 to Altona. Thanks

    A Giuretis asked over 2 years ago

    Hi there, Thanks for your question! We're still working on the final designs for Buckley Street, which includes local bus movements. We're working closely with PTV, and local transport operators in making any changes to bus routes. We will continue to keep the community updated as these plans are finalised. If you'd like to stay up to date with the Buckley St level crossing removal, please subscribe for project updates at levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/subscribe.

  • Is there a plan to update the Upfield line with dual track up to Craigieburn so that there is an alternative route for v-line trains (and some Craigieburn trains) to lessen the pressure on the line through Essendon?

    nemo asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Nemo, a duplication and connection of the Upfield line to the Craigieburn line is not within our particular scope of works, however we will ensure that our works make allowances for this.

    Any decision on future duplication would be subject to a separate design and consultation process.

  • Hi, I live on Carlyle street Moonee ponds. If I want to drive west along Buckley street from Carlyle street how would I be able to do that? The essendon/north mt Alexander road round abouts/pedestrian crossings/traffic lights all in one are a confusing mess of traffic obstacles even for experienced drivers. Please don't make more traffic hoola hoops for this level crossing.

    Jon asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Jon, thanks for getting in touch and for your question regarding local traffic movements. As with many major infrastructure projects, there will be some changes to local access. 

    We've checked the data, and based on the current traffic analysis and design (which is still being finalised), to travel westbound on Buckley St you will need to use either Pitches St, Ophir St or St James St to access Mt Alexander Road, before turning left onto Buckley St and taking the lane through the underpass.

    We hope this helps to clear up your query. If you'd like to stay up to date with the Buckley St level crossing removal, please subscribe for project updates at levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/subscribe.  

  • What is being done at the Shamrock St and Mt Alexander Rd intersection to cope with the expected increase in traffic at that already difficult interseection?

    Neil C asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Neil, thanks for your question.

    In our many conversations with the community, one thing we often hear is that the intersection of Shamrock and Mt Alexander Rd is a real issue.

    Whilst this intersection is outside the scope of our works, we are sharing our traffic data with the relevant authorities so that they can continue to work towards a solution in the future. 

  • I have lived in the Essendon area for 30+ years. Iwouldd tend to disagree that road under rail is the best option. I live near Mount Alexander Rd. and can say that this rail under road section completely divides the area. And now we get another one. But it looks like I am going to have to accept this second rate option. So my question is, with all the talk on bikes and pedestrians. Where are all the new bike and pedestrian lanes? I can't see one real addition of any of these in the whole plan.

    David 108 asked over 2 years ago

    Hi David, thanks for your comments.

    We're not sure if you had a chance to pop along to our community information session that we held over the weekend in Essendon. There was a wide range of information displayed at the session, which is also available online at levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/media-library/publications/buckley-st-publications.

    Please feel free to look through all of them, however the one that would be most to your interest is 'Getting around Essendon'. We're looking at how we can create a shared user path for both pedestrians and cyclists to safely pass under the line at all times, without being held up by the boom gates.

    Here on our 'Your Level Crossing' website, you'll find our online feedback form. We'd encourage you to fill it out and tell us how you may like to see this area look and work, particularly if you have a keen interest in cycling!  

  • How is it that LXRA can find money to improve the Currum Village and now even $50m for the beach promenade but will not take into consideration any improvement to the Essendon Village area as proposed by residents and the council. Is it one rule for marginal seats and another for safe ALP seats.

    JM61 asked over 2 years ago

    Hi there JM61, thanks for getting in touch.

    As part of the Buckley St level crossing removal, we're asking the community what improvements they would like to see in the area surrounding the Essendon Station precinct. This feedback is important and will help shape the final design.

    There have been a variety of methods used to remove these level crossings in both safe and marginal seats across Melbourne.Each of the 50 level crossings being removed across Melbourne undergo extensive technical investigation before a method of removal is selected.

    We're confident that the road underpass design is the best solution for the removal of the Buckley Street level crossing, and this decision has been made in consultation with key stakeholders, planners and key transport operators and takes into account community feedback received.

    A road underpass puts safety first, involves no property acquisition, preserves the heritage listed Essendon Station, significantly improves traffic flow along Buckley Street and is designed to allow for future improvements in the wider area. 

    Thank you for your comments. We encourage you to get online and get involved in what you would like to see the station area look like.  

  • I have asked the question on your web page and your facebook page regarding how the LXRA came up with the boom gates being down for 78minutes during the 120 minute peak period. As mentioned in my earlier email, we conducted our own train measurement times and both instances only had the boom gates down for 50 minutes. Please forward your findings and studies to justify your claim.

    Mary Lucy asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Mary – thanks for your questions and we’re glad to see your keen interest in the project!

    Extensive traffic studies were undertaken by VicRoads, including measuring how long the Buckley Street boom gates were down. Obviously traffic flow varies day-to-day, so the time of 78 minutes is the average based on the data provided to us.

    It’s important to note that the 78 minutes doesn’t include the traffic lights being red – it’s purely just for the boom gates being down. If we included traffic light wait times, the number would be significantly higher.

    The Buckley street underpass will bring many positive changes to the precinct, including the removal, relocation and changed timing of traffic lights. Obviously, the finer details of these changes are still being determined. But don’t worry! We’re going to continue to keep everyone in our community regularly updated as the project progresses.

    You’ll find regular updates, fact sheets and announcements on https://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/buckley-street-essendon 

  • Hi there, Myself as a local moonee valley resident, really like the idea preferred, that is the Buckley street going under the rail. I feel as though it will cause short term inconvenience to the area however the long term gains heavily outweigh these minor issues. The design is excellent and coming from an engineering background myself I guess I have a few questions on the project, who would I best to talk to regarding the drawings and designs for the planned works? Also, when exactly would the work be beginning? I know on your site it says late 2017, however we are fast approaching that, and I am curious about when exactly this will happen? Thankyou #roadunderrail

    mickso asked over 2 years ago

    Thanks for your support and comments.

    We would welcome your input and local knowledge. Feel free to come and visit us at our Info Hub at 20 Russell Street Essendon.

    Our hours vary a little, especially during school holidays. Opening hours can be found here on the online hub https://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/buckley-street-essendon or call 1800 762 667 to leave your details and someone from the team will call you back.  

  • Hello, Has consideration been given to the potential future impacts to homeowners and residents that live further along Buckley Street, once the tunnel is operational? - i.e. will Buckley Street be a busier road with increased traffic as a result of the level crossing removal? - And therefore will there be increased traffic noise potentially affecting the hundreds of residents that live on Buckley Street in Essendon and Aberfeldie etc.? - And if so, what measures will be taken to reduce these impacts to residents and homeowners?

    Simon, Aberfeldie asked over 2 years ago

    Hello and thanks for your query.  

    As with previous level crossing removal projects, LXRA anticipates a growth in traffic following the removal of a crossing, but this increase is only expected to be marginal.

    Our team is currently undertaking transport modelling to look a future traffic movements and traffic volumes following the removal of the crossing. The road configuration further along Buckley street is not changing, so it is unlikely to negatively impact residents on Buckley Street.

  • i just put in a question. I asked you if you could ask the community what they want. I didnt mean to put in the bit about "the same time frame" as this is not possible. what i meant to say was"in the level crossing removal project. you can add further facts like how many properties would need to be acquired, how long to do the project etc. I'm really asking you to ask the question. "would you wait for rail under road? Would you like this option fully evaluated and costed? Would you agree to wait if all three crossings were attended in the same project?

    ChrisDumaresq asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Chris, 

    It might be better if you had chat with us to discuss your questions either at our Info Hub at 20 Russell St (opening hours can be found here on the online hub https://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/buckley-street-essendon) or call 1800 762 667 to leave your details and someone from the team will call you back.

  • Now you are doing a phone survey, just like the planning scheme amendment submission form it is asking questions in relation only to road under. People are calling this push polling, I don't know what it is, but I'm sure you are doing it this way so you can have documentation of surveys in appropriate numbers. If you truly want a survey of what people think add this question. 1/How agreeable (1-10) would you be if the rail was to tunnel under Buckley street in the same time frame? This is what should be put to the community. Fully inform the community, find out what they want and then work it, not the other way around.

    ChrisDumaresq asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Chris,  

    You're right, we have been conducting community sentiment telephone surveys in the Essendon area. Such surveys are just one of the ways we consult with the community. 

    In Essendon, as in every other community where we are removing a level crossing, we are keen to hear from as many people as possible.  

    We have investigated all options for removing the Buckley Street level crossing, including lowering the rail line. We are confident that the road under solution is the best one for this area, as it puts safety first and allows traffic to flow freely along Buckley Street. It's the only solution that removes two sets of traffic lights, retains the heritage listed station, and creates new public open space. Perhaps most importantly, a road underpass solution means that there is no private property acquisition. All other methods of removal would mean compulsory acquisition of the homes of local families. 

    Work will get underway later this year. In the meantime, we'd like to continue to hear your views on how the new space should be used and the considerations that are most important to you. Thank you for submitting your PSA form - there will be further opportunities to get involved as the project progresses. 

    We encourage everyone to become fully informed about the project and have their say. 

  • It is unclear as to where the tunnel starts and ends and as to which cross streets are affected. The video is useless. There is no detailed map provided to show where traffic can flow across Buckley street or which streets are closed. I am assuming that all the school and cross traffic will flow through Flower Street adding further to the chaotic peak hour, with a high wall at the end of the street. How does traffic from Flower or Violet Street enter Buckley street to actually use the proposed tunnel? Pity the "show rooms" are not open on the weekends or later in the evening after work with a detailed street plan.

    Joe asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Joe,

    Thanks for your comments. We do understand that the changed traffic flow can be hard to visualise, which is why we have the video. This is just one part of our communications about traffic changes and we're sorry to hear you didn't find it helpful. Hopefully we can provide you with some additional information to help you form a better understanding of how the project could look in the future. We have a traffic fact sheet here on the engagement hub (look under documents on the right of the screen) and we will be providing more information as design progresses and is finalised.

    In a nutshell, through traffic will use the road underpass, while the service roads will maintain access to homes, schools and shops. We anticipate that rat running will be decreased, as motorists travelling through the area will use the underpass, which will be free-flowing (ie not traffic lights and no boom gates).

    If you'd like to drop into our Russell Street info hub check out https://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/buckley-street-essendon for opening hours. We'd be more than happy to talk you through the changed traffic conditions and further explain the project, so please pop in. 

  • This is a large and busy precinct and I would be interested to know why you think it deserves a second-rate solution? Is it because we are considered to be a "safe Labor seat"?

    janeta asked over 2 years ago

    We don't believe this is a second-rate solution, and in fact have put a lot of work into creating a unique solution for Essendon that will deliver many benefits. 

    Our award winning team of engineers, urban designers and architects are finalising the design and, just like you, want to see the best outcome for the local community. The road underpass solution for Buckley Street was decided after extensive technical investigations of all available options, including road under rail. Across Melbourne, a variety of removal solutions have been selected depending on the specifics of each site. 

  • How are parents to drop off children at school when coming from the west?

    janeta asked over 2 years ago

    It depends which school you are referring to Janeta. As St Columba's is the closest we will use it as an example. People can travel up Buckley St as usual, exit onto the service lane and follow the road around to Leslie Road.

    We are also looking into the possibility of having safe 'kiss and ride' drop off points near the schools to assist in reducing the existing congestion on local roads. 

  • What safety measures are to be taken to ensure graffiti artists are prevented from defacing the underpass wall?

    janeta asked over 2 years ago

    Our design team are looking into various anti-graffiti measures that could be used in the underpass to deter graffiti. It's also worth bearing in mind that there will not be any pedestrian access to the underpass. 

  • As there will be less access for cars at Rose Street, will you be increasing bus services?

    janeta asked over 2 years ago

    Access to Rose Street from both Buckley Street and Shamrock Street will be maintained and Rose Street itself will remain two-way, so while some motorists may need to take a slightly different route, access remains. 

  • What compensation will businesses receive when customers inevitably drop off with the inaccessibility of shops near the station?

    janeta asked over 2 years ago

    We're working with local businesses to ensure disruptions are kept to a minimum, and encourage both the community and our construction team to support local traders during works.

  • What provision has been made for bike lanes in the underpass?

    janeta asked over 2 years ago

    We understand that cycling is very important to a lot of people in this area. 

    Our Integrated Transport Working Group (ITWG) looks at a range of transport issues, including ideas for better and safer movements for cyclists. The ITWG includes a local Bicycle User Group representative to provide local knowledge and feedback. 

    Over the next few months our Alliance architects and engineers will finalise the road underpass design. When this stage is complete we will be able to provide further information regarding cycling movements.  

  • As residents of Lorraine Street we are concerned that all the school traffic headed for Leslie Rd will now be funneled down our street. Will it be possible for westbound traffic from the Buckley St underpass to turn left onto Leslie Rd? What about the traffic coming from the new service road - that will be trying to merge onto westbound Buckley St? Won't this cause a lot of traffic congestion - the very problem this project is supposed to be solving? It seems like most of the posts here are against the road underpass. Is any actual consultation occurring here or will we get the standard "the road underpass is the best solution for Buckley Street" response?

    LorraineStLocal asked over 2 years ago

    Hi there,

    Yes, there will be a left turn into/out of Leslie Road to/from the new service lane, which will service local roads,shops and schools. The underpass is intended for through traffic.

    We're happy to explain the traffic movements to you in detail and encourage you to visit our Info Hub at 20 Russell St, Essendon to chat with our team and get a clearer understanding of local access. Please check your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/buckley-street-essendon for up to date hours (we are open today until 6pm and Thursday 1-6pm).

    We held two community sessions late last year, where we outlined the preferred and non-preferred method of removing the Buckley Street level crossing. Our engineers thoroughly considered all the options for Buckley St, including a rail trench. After extensive investigation, the solution that best fit this area was the road underpass. Early works will start in late 2017.

    We're keen to hear your thoughts on project details, such as public open space, landscaping and how we can improve connections. If you haven't already, please fill in your planning scheme amendment form with your considerations for the area, which you can find here on the online hub.  

  • Has a detailed traffic survey been done? I feel that cars will continue to use back streets in order to escape the underpass bottleneck as there is only one westbound lane.

    janeta asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Janeta,

    We completed initial traffic studies in October 2016 to ensure that the road underpass solution would work for the area. We're now completing further traffic studies to provide our team of urban planners, engineers and architects with the most up-to-date information available as they work on the final design. 

    Our studies show that with the addition of one extra lane travelling east, service lanes for for local traffic and the removal of the boom gates, that three lanes for through traffic will cater for increased capacity and mean improved travel times on Buckley Street. 

  • Hi, I live on Carlyle Street. I am wondering how do I drive to Rose Street from Carlyle Street?

    Jon asked over 2 years ago

    Hi there Jon,

    We're currently working on the final designs, and when they're complete we'll know a lot more about exactly how traffic will move around the area.

    Based on the current design though, if you wished to drive from Carlyle St, you will turn left out of Carlyle St, onto Russell St, left on Mount Alexander Road and then into Rose St from Shamrock St. If you're walking or cycling you will be able to use the new pedestrian underpass, or any of the three existing passes under Essendon Station.  

  • Hi, Can you please tell me how many more all day parking spaces will be created and included in the Buckley Street development? Thanks

    Jos asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Jos,

    Thanks for your question. We're currently in the final design development stage so we don't quite have that information yet!

    We'd encourage you to sign up for email updates if you haven't already, at levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/subscribe, so you can stay in the loop. 

  • why are the number of lanes in Buckley Street being decreased under the rail? I can see elsewhere that you have answered a similar question though that is now what about taking the opportunity for the future and if it must go under now make it suitable for the long term. where do cars go when exiting the Mt Road Uniting Church? We are missing out on a once in a lifetime opportunity or redoing/realigning etc. of the Craigieburn line and lowering down below ground from Ascot Vale Road thru to Glenbervie including Mt Road returning to not having to go below the train line. The area above ground above the line could be used for open parks etc. or sold off to be developed for more parking, businesses and/or residential. This would help with the funding. The Russel/Rose St precincts would be greatly enhanced and the "past its use by station" could be refurbished and repurposed. Long term visions are important.

    Iian asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Lian,

    We agree, long term visions are important which is why we've put a lot of thought and work into delivering an improved Essendon Station precinct for the local community.

    We have been tasked with removing the Buckley Street level crossing, as one of 50 across Melbourne. Our intention is to improve access and safety in and around the station precinct, and the general look and feel of the area.

    You mention the number of lanes being decreased. Our studies show that with the addition of one extra lane travelling east, service lanes for local traffic and the removal of the boom gates, that three lanes for through traffic will cater for increased capacity and mean improved travel times on Buckley Street.

    Design work is still ongoing and we'll know more about exactly how this project will look in the coming months. We encourage you to sign up for updates at levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/subscribe, or pop into our Info Hub at 20 Russell St, Essendon to chat with the project team. Opening hours can be found at your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/buckley-street-essendon. 

  • I've just watched your stupid video! It gives absolutely no indication of how buses will operate through this new system. How can the 903 the 510 & the other buses arrive & depart without the connection to Mt Alexander Rd?

    JIScutt asked over 2 years ago

    Hi JlScutt,

    Thank you for your feedback.

    We have established an Integrated Transport Working Group(ITWG) to provide technical transport advice and recommendations to us throughout the project. This group includes representatives from Public Transport Victoria, VicRoads, local bus operators and Moonee Valley City Council.

    The ITWG is investigating impacts and mitigation measures to ensure that the project leaves a smoother interchange between bus and train services at the station precinct. We're still working on the final designs and we'll know a lot more about bus movements once they're complete, so please stay tuned.  

  • Can you please explain how you came up with the LXRA preferred solution when LXRA project director Michael Caink confirmed on 21-06-2017 a traffic study was yet to be completed?

    Freddy asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Freddy, the road underpass solution for Buckley St was decided after extensive technical investigations of all available options, which included local traffic studies.

    The transport planning works currently being conducted are an extension on these initial studies and are designed to provide LXRA with the most up-to-date information whilst we work on the final design. 

  • How are emergency services going to get to St Columbas and Lawther Hall in a full blown emergency? They most certainly can use the ditch but how will they get to the schools when the pass St Columbas in the ditch? This is of great concern when we have some 2200 students between these 2 schools.

    Concerned about community asked over 2 years ago

    Access to St Columba's and Lowther Hall will depend on which direction the emergency services are coming from.

    St Columba's will be accessible via the service lane along Buckley St. As part of the design refinement process, LXRA will also work with the emergency services to ensure the final solution meets their requirements. 

    Reliability of access to any of these local schools is likely to improve with the removal of the boomgates and traffic lights at the crossing.  

  • Can you please tell me if the residents in Lorraine Street will be able to turn right into Buckley St 1) to go to Rose Street and 2) to get to Mt Alexander Road once this 'preferred' option is put in? Will these residents, in Lorraine Street, be able to cross over to Violet Street? If I am travelling west in the ditch, will I be able to turn left into Lorraine Street when I come out of it? If I am turning left from Russell St and want to turn right onto Mt Alexander Road, how am I to do this when I have to compete with the traffic coming out of the ditch? Yes/No answers for my first 3 questions is all I need. I don't need fluff. I have had enough of the fluff.

    Concerned about community asked over 2 years ago

    Hi, as you may know, we are currently refining the concept design for the road underpass and detailed plans are being worked upon by our  team of engineers and architects.

    We'll know a lot more about how exactly these areas are going to work once the plans are finalised in the coming months, but based on the current concept design, from Lorraine St you will:
    - be able to turn right across Buckley St to access Rose St.
    - be able to cross over to Violet St - turn left into Lorraine St after coming through the road underpass
    - not be able to access Mt Alexander Rd if turning left out of Russell St. Vehicles will need to perform a safe u-turn and exit via the northern end of Russell St.

    As we mentioned, these answers are based on our current concept design, and the final result may look a little different. We would encourage you to stay up to date on the project by registering for email updates. Head to levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/subscribe to subscribe.

  • Why is the Russell Street Info Hub only open on Tue, Thur and Sat? And for onlu a few short hours on a Saturday. Should it not be open all days, especially in this initial period when it is first open as that is when most people will come in to ask questions.

    Concerned about community asked over 2 years ago

    Hi there, thanks for your feedback.

    For the first two weeks of operation the Essendon Info Hub was open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday to cater for initial community demand.

    As we have now been open for a few weeks, and the number of people visiting the Hub has steadied we'll be open two weekdays both in and out of standard business hours, along with one Saturday per month. We're always contactable via phone (1800 762 667) or email (contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au) and we'd encourage you to pop in and have a chat with our team at the Hub. 

  • Hi, I read in one of your previous answers that there will most likely be a pedestrian crossing near Violet/Lorraine St. Is this crossing going to be in form of a pedestrian bridge or will there be traffic lights installed? Considering 11,000 cars travel on Buckley St at 60 km/hr LXRA would be moving the risk of a pedestrian being run over from the station precinct to Violet/Lorraine St.

    Annoyed Local asked over 2 years ago

    Hi there,

    As mentioned in the answer to the question you referenced, the detailed plans are still very much underway, and we'll know a lot more about how exactly these areas are going to work once the plans are finalised.

    We'd like to hear what you think could be a part of this space. If you have received a Planning Scheme Amendment form please detail your thoughts as one the considerations. If you have not, you can find the PSA survey at your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/buckley-street-essendon.

    Submissions close at 5pm on Friday 23 June, so be sure to fill it in before then! 

  • hi - question from me. with the rail under option which was not approved, can you please advise: 1. the number of properties that needed to be acquired? 2. specifically which properties? 3. were they permanent acquisitions or temporary?

    Freddy asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Freddy, 

    When our investigations showed that property acquisitions were required for the rail trench, this was one of the factors that contributed to this option being set aside. 

    Acquisition would have meant loss of properties in either Rose Street or Russell Street, depending on the trench alignment, and elsewhere along the rail line in the nearby area. The number of properties varied according to the trench alignment. 

    As you are aware, we are not proceeding with this option and are confident that the road underpass is the best solution for Buckley Street.

  • Thanks for your earlier response. I am concerned about the traffic report not being released ahead of residents responding to the Planning Scheme Amendment. Given the purpose of the amendment is the improvement of traffic flow, it is essential that residents have the necessary information available to respond in an informed and meaningful way. Additionally, given the degree of debate surrounding this project, and the lack of design information currently available, the amendment should really go to a panel hearing. Can the LXRA please release the traffic report, and confirm they will support a panel hearing for the planning scheme amendment?

    Roseiser asked over 2 years ago

    Hi again Rose, 

    The planning scheme amendment is broader than traffic flow. It is a formal process that we have followed for every level crossing removal project and is required to enable the project to proceed in a co-ordinated, consistent and timely manner under a single planning control. This is formally set out in what is known as a draft Incorporated Document, which includes conditions that are proportionate and relevant to the permission granted. 

    We are continuing to work closely with VicRoads as the project progresses, on a range of elements, including traffic flow. As noted above, the planning scheme amendment process being used for this project is the same as all the other LXRA projects approved to date, none of which required a panel hearing. We are currently developing the detailed design and will  have further information to share with the community shortly. We are continuing to consult, including on project negotiables such as landscaping and public open space. 

    Keep an eye out here on the online hub for how to get involved.

  • Just a thought, with all the talk about how good the road under rail option will be (not) is it possible for LXRA to undertake a road feasibilty study before earth moving equipment is brought in? Why don't we close off the roads that are impacted by the tunnel in the way they will be affected under the LXRA for one week to raise awareness of what 4 lanes to three will look like, how traffic will be diverted to streets not designed for high numbers, how traffic in Park Street will be increased and how not being able to turn either left or right for some streets will impact drivers time. Put car traffic counters on the roads for a period of 2 weeks to be able to make the comparisons. I will take a week off work to 'man' a street and inform drivers who may not live in the area that this is what is going to happen. Right now, it appears it is mainly residents/shop/business owners who can understand the full impact of this unrealistic proposal. You need to be transparent in your actions

    Ann Sparkes asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Ann, thanks for your question. 

    We've done a lot of work to understand the existing and the new traffic flows.

    We will have traffic fact sheets available soon to explain to the local community what the changes will be. Around 11,000 vehicles a day use Buckley Street and our aim is to create a safer precinct for everyone. The road underpass solution is the only one that does not involve property acquisition, creates new pedestrian open space and  a safe crossing point at Buckley Street, removes two sets of traffic lights and allows through traffic to pass quickly through the area, while maintaining access to local streets.

    Put simply, we are increasing the number of lanes from four to five - three in the road underpass, plus dedicated new service lanes either side of the underpass to serve local roads. 

    Currently there is one lane each way to the west of the level crossing, which only widens at the level crossing and for a short distance through to Mt Alexander Road. Our traffic modelling shows that with the addition of one extra lane travelling east, service lanes for for local traffic and the removal of the boom gates, that three lanes for through traffic will cater for increased capacity and mean improved travel times on Buckley Street. 

    We're committed to delivering the best outcome for the Essendon community as a whole and we'd love you to be a part of it. Have your say as part of our Planning Scheme Amendment process here on the online hub or pop in to see us at our Info Hub in Russell Street - the opening times are also here on the online hub. We'd love you to share your thoughts and ideas on how you'd like the space to work in the future.  

  • Hello just wanted to give you my thoughts on the crossing removal at Buckley Street as a resident of the area for over 35 years and business owner in both Buckley Street and Rose Street I think that the proposal of putting traffic under ground instead of the train is the most Ludicrous idea I have ever heard. I am guess the people making these decision do not live in the area, nor do they shop or have children going to school in the area. By putting the cars underground in a tunnel you are forcing commuters to use all the smaller side streets which are already congested enough. this would disrupt not only local traffic going through, but the impact it would have on traders in Buckley Street and Rose Street as well as the schools in Lesley Road and Park Street. while I agree that the boom gates are down longer than they should be and it is very annoying when you get caught there for ages, I (as many others) would prefer to sit and wait rather than have the proposed tunnel underground. We can patiently wait till the council/government come to their sensors and put the train underground as it should be! this will have less disruption to the entire community as a whole !!

    Hemsie asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Hemsie, 

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. We appreciate you taking the time to do so. It sounds as if you've lived in Essendon for a long time, and have a great understanding of what you'd like to see happen in the area. 

    The road underpass was recommended after extensive investigations ruled out a rail bridge or rail trench. The road solution requires no private property acquisition, has the shortest construction time, minimal disruption to the community, and does not impact the heritage listed Essendon Station. The recommendation has been made in consultation with planners and key transport operators. 

    Our Alliance partners (a crack team of engineers, architects and urban designers to name a few!) are currently working on the final design for Buckley St, and we're looking forward to being able to share the result towards the end of this year. The final design of the level crossing removal will consider a range of factors, such as community feedback, engineering, technical and safety considerations, traffic flow (11,000 vehicles a day use Buckley Street), heritage, connectivity and urban design. 

    Currently the boom gates are down for up to 78 minutes in the morning peak - and that doesn't include the time the pedestrians lights are red. 

    The road underpass will deliver a huge number of benefits to the local area. We're creating a separate, free flowing space for the high level of through traffic, a dedicated service lane either side of the underpass which will cater for local traffic and a car free pedestrian plaza for people to safely cross Buckley Street.

    Rose St will continue to be a two way street, and will have on-street parking for convenient access to the shops. 

    This is absolutely a once-in-a-lifetime project for Essendon Station, and we're committed to delivering the best result for the community as a whole. We'd love your input and would encourage you to head over to your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/buckley-street-essendon to complete the Planning Scheme Amendment survey to share your thoughts on what you'd like to see, and how you'd like to use the area. 

  • I dont believe you answered Adams question below adequately. He was clearly asking what landscaping would actually be around the tunnel - not the open spaces near the station. Also, if you live on Buckley Street, what will be the view from your property when this tunnel is constructed - what will be on the other side of the service road (on both sides of Buckley Street - North looking South and South looking North?????

    cw asked over 2 years ago

    Hi again CW, 

    Our team of Alliance partners (which includes engineers, architects and urban designers) are currently working on the final design for the Buckley Street level crossing removal. We expect that process to be finalised towards the end of this year and won't know exactly what the finished project will look like until then. 

    We do know that the view will change for someone living near the level crossing on Buckley Street. A service lane will run along both sides of Buckley St, servicing local traffic. and the three lanes for the underpass will begin to decline and head under the rail line. The safety barriers surrounding the Buckley St underpass will be in line with VicRoads standards, and are likely to be approximately 1.3m high. 

    We've heard some great ideas in the community already about how they'd like the underpass and the station precinct to look and fit in with the community, and we'd like to hear yours too so make sure you include them on your PSA form. 

  • As a resident of one of the streets off Buckley Street we have just received the notice in regard to the planning scheme amendment. Can someone tell me what the amendments are and what areas it will affect and how it will change?

    CW asked over 2 years ago

    Hi CW, Apologies for the delay in getting back to you.

    For any development to occur at Essendon Station, the Level Crossing Removal Authority must first ask the Minister for Planning to consider a planning scheme amendment (PSA) to the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme. A planning scheme is a document that outlines the future direction of land use and development for a municipality. Changing or updating a planning scheme to reflect new circumstances or achieve new objectives is known as a PSA.

    The majority of works being undertaken at Buckley St are taking place in the current road and rail corridor and will be consistent with the land's current zoning. 

    We would love to hear your thoughts on what is important to you, and we encourage you to complete the form with your top three considerations for the area. Some suggestions for you to think about: provisions for road users, how you'd like to use the area, shared use paths, and the new pedestrian precinct. 

    If you don't have enough space on the form you received, an online copy is available here on the online hub. We're opening our Russell St Info Hub today at 3pm (Tuesday), so feel free to come down and have a chat with our engineers if you still have questions.

  • Hi - Looking at your diagram / schematic it appears you are proposing a total of 3 car lanes running down Buckley St under train? Is this correct or are there 4? Can you also advise how will bicycle's be catered for in navigating to cross/go under the train line? I look forward to your reply. Regards Ash

    Ash asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Ash, you're correct! 

    There will be three lanes in the underpass - 2 travelling east and 1 travelling west. These will be in addition to the service lane either side of the road underpass, which will cater to local traffic. 

    Currently there is one lane each way to the west of the level crossing, which only widens at the level crossing and for a short distance through to Mt Alexander Road. Our traffic modelling shows that with the addition of one extra lane travelling east, service lanes for for local traffic and the removal of the boom gates, that three lanes for through traffic will cater for increased capacity and mean improved travel times on Buckley Street. 

    Over the next few months Alliance architects and engineers will refine the road underpass design. When this stage is complete we will be able to provide further information regarding cycling movements. We're committed to delivering the best outcome for the Essendon community as a whole and we'd love you to be a part of it. 

    Head over to the Buckley Street Online Hub your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/buckley-street-essendon to complete the Planning Scheme Amendment survey, and share your thoughts and ideas on how you'd like the space to work in the future.

  • Let me try again. Can you put a plan on the website showing where the trench will begin and end, the service roads, and how the pedestrians can cross safely from Rose St to the south side of Buckley St. I understand it will not be a finished plan, merely guide, but it would be helpful to allay fears of the folk who live and work around the station. There is a lot of division being stirred up, and fobbing off a perfectly reasonable request (as above) is not helping. It looks like you are hiding something. Try a different answer, with a map.

    mopsa asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Mopsa, 

    The functional design shows that the road underpass will begin at Lorraine Street and end near Mt Alexander Road. The underpass will be approximately 500 metres long. We'll be announcing the opening date of our Info Hub in Russell Street soon and will have plans there for you to come and look at and talk to our engineers about. 

  • Just wondering why a tunnel adjacent the existing alignment has not been provided as an option. There seems to be enough room to go through the railway car park and to use the russell street road reserve. It looks like only a couple of shops would need to be compulsory acquired. This approach was used at the Furlong and StAlbans crossing removal locations and worked well - minimising disruption to rail services.

    Aldo asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Aldo, 

    Furlong Road and Main Road level crossings were removed by lowering the tracks into a trench underneath the road. We investigated lowering the tracks into a trench underneath Buckley Street along a number of alignments however these options were ruled out because of the significant private property acquisition involved. Also, Essendon Station is heritage listed, which we need to respect. We have commited to retaining the station, while also exploring opportunties for improvements. 

    The recommended road underpass design is the best solution for the removal of the Buckley Street level crossing. It puts safety first, involves no property acquisition, maintains current connections, significantly improves traffic flow along Buckley Street and is designed to allow for future improvements in the wider area. It will also involve the least disruption to rail and road users. 

    This design was recommended following extensive technical investigation of all available level crossing removal options. The recommendation has been made in consultation with planners and key transport operators.    

  • When do you estimate the traffic report will be publicly available? Does the report show increased traffic volumes for Lorraine, Violet, Levien and Miller Streets? What are the current traffic numbers on cars from Leslie, Flower Russell and Carlyle Sts crossing over Buckley street or making turns into Buckley St that will no longer be possible after the works are completed? Where will the next crossing point for pedestrians wanting to cross Buckley St be westwards from the rail crossing? Does the 78 minute calculation for current impasse include the times when the pedestrian lights are red, but the boom gates are open?

    rose mary asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Rose mary,

    You raise some great questions and we'll do our best to answer! Our team of engineers and architects are working hard on the final designs for Buckley Street, so we'll have the answers to some of your questions a little further down the track.

    We are working on a number of ways to best explain the changed traffic conditions once the road underpass is complete. This will include a fact sheet, with a range of important traffic details, which will be available online and at our Info Hub in the coming weeks. We are not releasing the traffic report at this time.

    Traffic volumes around the wider Essendon street network will certainly change as a result of the road underpass. Vehicles will be able to to travel more efficiently as they will not have to stop for trains or pedestrian lights, while traffic currently using local streets to avoid the boom gates will be drawn back to Buckley Street as a more attractive route. The Buckley Street underpass will have three lanes, two running west to east and one running east to west. Our travel models indicate that this will significantly reduce congestion on Buckley Street. It's important to note that there will be no loss of lanes - Buckley Street through traffic will have three lanes, with a further two dedicated lanes for local motorists.

    You've asked about the traffic numbers for cars travelling from the south to north of Buckley Street and the simple answer is: it varies! The number of cars using these streets can go from tens per hour, to hundreds during the morning and afternoon peak periods. As we've mentioned above, local access will be maintained via service roads.

    Now, final designs are yet to be done, so it's a bit tricky to answer exactly where the pedestrian crossing points will be. The main crossing point will be via a pedestrian only plaza near Rose Street/Sherbourne Street. The second pedestrian crossing is likely to be at Violet Street/Lorraine Street. The detail will be determined in the coming months.

    Finally, the 78 minute calculation only takes in the time that the boom gates are down - if we included the traffic light times as well the wait time would be significantly higher.

    We'd encourage you to stay up to date with the project by signing up at levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/subscribe, and check in on our website levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/crossings/buckley-st-essendon 

  • What consideration will be given to landscaping on the new Buckley Street? From my understanding, the road reserve isn't wide enough to accommodate any vegetation once you remove the median, lower the road, and construct the access to Rose and Russell streets. Without much in the way of vegetation, Buckley Street could become a concrete hellhole of an urban heat island. Your emphasis on improving the public realm and connectivity atop the decked Buckley Street seems to fall short, as it would struggle to support any vegetation and landscaping. For the lowered Buckley Street, could you please explore minimising number of lanes and lane width to save as much space for green landscaping? For the eastbound access to Rose Street, is this really required? (especially as buses already turn a block earlier). Could this space be dedicated to tree plantings and pedestrian spaces? Where there will be extensive concrete exposure, could you explore options for green walls or climber vegetation? And minimise the number of trees you cut down. Losing the Buckley St median trees is a real blow, with its beautiful​ viewlines. Thanks

    AdamWoj asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Adam, 

    Thanks for your thoughtful feedback, which we will pass on to the team developing the detailed design. We are currently investigating how the public realm around Essendon Station can be improved. 

    It seems like you have seen our artist impression, which shows landscaping/gardens around the station. The community will soon have an opportunity to have input on elements of the final design, including the public open space. Keep an eye on our website for information on how to get involved. 

    We are also opening our Info Hub in early June. Once we're open, come along to 20 Russell Street to chat with the team and discuss your ideas. 

  • The following response has been made to other queries which is fine if heading east on Buckley St. "Leslie Road will be accessible via the new service road on Buckley Street. Vehicles will travel east on Buckley Street on the new service road, and turn right towards Sherbourne Street before making a left-hand turn into Leslie Road" What if you’re travelling west on Buckley St how do you get to St Columbus, Lowther Hall or PEGS? The only options are: 1. Proceed down Buckley St complete a U-turn (which will probably be made illegal or at least difficult), head east back up Buckley St, go into the east bound service road, turn right towards Sherbourne Street before making a left-hand turn into Leslie Road. Surely, this cannot be considered good traffic management 2. Turn left into currently quiet residential streets and cut through these to get to the schools. Many will do this and this will affect the local residents. Again, this cannot be considered good traffic management?? 3. Go down Mount Alexander Rd, try and cross into Park St, wait even longer at the level crossing (when a 3rd line is added) and turn into southern end of Leslie Rd. Delays at Buckley St crossing disappear but are increased at Park St and then how do you get out of Leslie Rd? Back to Point 1 above! Pretty much every response to a traffic questions is answered with: “Traffic on local streets will be reduced, as motorists will no longer need to avoid the level crossing” Not all traffic on local streets is trying to avoid the level crossing. A lot of this traffic needs to access the side streets (NOT to avoid congestion!) but to enable life to go on for school drop offs and to reach homes in currently quiet residential streets. There are 3 large schools in the area St Columbus, Lowther Hall and PEGS with somewhere around 2000 students. It is great that the Minister for Public Transport has endorsed the so called best solution but has he ever seen how much traffic turns off Buckley St (in both east and west directions) for the school drop offs and pick ups of these ~2000 students This traffic is NOT avoiding congestion on Buckley St. If there is a traffic management plan it is flawed as it does not understand the real reasons why a lot of vehicles use the locals roads (Leslie Rd in particular). Please take the time to truly understand how and why the traffic flows in the streets around the area.

    ThinkLocal asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Think Local,

    Assuming a person is travelling west along Buckley Street, the following route is available: Turn left into Lorraine Street, right into Levien Street, right into Stanley Street and left or right onto Leslie Road, depending on whether you are going to St Columba's College or Lowther Hall.

    We will however be investigating further route options as we develop the detailed design. This stage also includes looking at school traffic flow after our project is complete.

    What we know already is that there are advantages for the schools:
    - Increased safety for students walking between Essendon Station and their respective school via dedicated footpaths across the road underpass, rather than contending with long and congested traffic queues currently experienced along Buckley Street.
    - More reliable travel times with the variable boom gate downtimes and queue lengths removed from Buckley Street.
    - Increased local amenity during the peak periods with the major traffic movements along Buckley Street separated from local trips.
     
    School traffic congestion is an existing issue and we will continue to work with Council to look at what measures can be taken to reduce it. Some of the many opportunities include:
    - Transport mode shifts such as cycling to school. We are investigating how cycling infrastructure can be improved around Essendon Station to encourage students to ride to school.
     - Staged school pick up and drop off times.
     - Revised parking restrictions (i.e. no parking on local streets during school pick up and drop off times).  

  • When construction starts how will this effect trains to craigeburn will they start Essendon to Craigeburn and city travellers need a replacement bus to moonee ponds?

    Ryan asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Ryan, we don't quite have the answer for this yet. Our initial programming shows us that disruptions will be mostly confined to weekends or extended weekend closures. We will have more information on bus replacements as we finalise design and better understand the construction details.  

  • will the buses still turn left into flower st

    mario asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Mario, we are working with PTV and local bus operators to determine how bus movements will work following construction. We will have more information on this once the detailed design has been completed. At this stage it is still likely buses will run via Flower Street. 

  • can you turn left into leslie rd heading towards Lincoln rd or is leslie rd going to be one way only

    mario asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Mario, Leslie Road will remain two way. You will be able to turn left into Leslie Road from the service road. 

  • There are a number of areas where this proposal seems to create safety hazards above the proposed underpass. I have submitted questions previously, but I have not received a reply. The barriers are a big concern for the community. The only drawings that are available, shows them at 2.4m high. Is this correct? These barriers will make it impossible for people to see the area clearly and to feel safe moving about in the area. How will you prevent motorists from being hit by a vehicle doing a u-turn from the single lane east-bound service lane around the barriers to the single lane west bound land heading to Leslie Road, around these barriers? How will you protect the people sitting outside at the cafe at St Martha's from any vehicle that is turning a little too fast on that corner, given that they are u turns? How do you separate all those pedestrians walking from the station as they cross the same area? How do you stop kids with headphones from cutting that corner on the way to catch a bus or train in a hurry from being hit by a car they didn't see because of the barriers? It's well and good to blame the pedestrians and motorists, for being in the wrong spot, but aren't you just setting up a situation where these things will happen by obscuring the whole area with these barriers? How wide are the single service lanes? Your picture shows them to be as wide as four cars? Is this correct? If your barriers become lower, how do you stop trouble makers in the middle of the night throwing objects onto cars below in the underpass? There are other safety weak points in the design, how will you deal with them? How will you stop graffiti on the barriers?

    Charlie asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Charlie,

    We will be working with VicRoads to determine the height of the barriers. Based on the design and vehicle speed the barriers are likely to be about 1.3 metres high. This will allow motorists to safely navigate the area as it won't affect sight-lines and visibility.

    We will continue to work with VicRoads to confirm how best to design the barriers and further study vehicle movements to ensure the safety of cyclists and pedestrians.

    Our design creates a car-free open space area (pretty much where the level crossing is currently) that will be used by pedestrians and cyclists to cross Buckley Street. This will be much safer for local students moving between school and the station than the existing conditions.

    There will be no footpaths alongside the safety barriers as these will be in the middle of the road. The service lanes will be one way and therefore cater for one lane of traffic (with the exception of the service road on the north side of Buckley Street and the east side of Russell Street, which is likely to be two-way).

    When we have completed the detailed design stage we will have more information to share with the local community. Once our Info Hub in Russell Street opens (coming soon!) we encourage you to drop in and have a conversation with us if you still have questions.

  • Hi What exactly are the engineering differences that mean Ormond station can be rail-under but Essendon has to be road-under? A lot of the LXRA rhetoric with Buckley St seems to suggest rail-under is extremely expensive and that it's unacceptable to close train lines for that length of time. However rail-under has clearly been implemented successfully in the eastern suburbs. In comparison to other rail-under projects, can you specify why you seem to think it's impossible for Buckley St?

    Gregory asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Gregory,

    At each level crossing site we do a range of investigations and there are multiple factors that contribute to the design solution for each level crossing removal. Each site is different and a solution that works in one place may not work in another. These factors include: available land (rail corridor and road reserve); property acquisition, which we avoid where possible; the road network adjacent to the crossing; nearby level crossings and how these may be removed in the future; and the topography of each area.

    We conduct studies into the land and existing services and these also contribute to the design decision. In the case of the Buckley Street level crossing removal we also needed to consider the heritage listed Essendon station and future network improvements. We also investigate how the level crossing removal can transform the area and what opportunities exist for public open space.

     When we evaluated all options against the Victorian Government's Level Crossing Removal Program benefits and did both a Key Impact Assessment and a Preliminary Assessment, the road underpass was the best solution. This is how the confirmed solution for removing the Buckley Street level crossing.  

  • Hi. Despite the ill-informed comments from some members of the community here, I think this is a much needed and extremely important project. One thing I do not understand is that there is absolutely no mention of Devon Rd or Gaffney St level crossings. Both these intersections are heavily congested and Gaffney Street backs right up to Pascoe Vale Rd causing congestion there in the afternoon peak. It seems like a no-brainer, as the station is nothing but a 1960s plain platform (in much need of an update) and the surrounding area is completely open to rail over road. What, if any, plans are afoot for these two level crossings??

    Mike J asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Mike, Thanks for your question.

    Unfortunately at this stage we aren't removing the Devon Road or Gaffney Street level crossings. There are around 170 level crossings in Melbourne, and while we'd love to remove them all we need to focus on the 50 nominated for removal by 2022. Neither of the crossings you mention are included on the list. We do appreciate your feedback though as it helps us understand the level crossings that are causing particular frustrations so that they can be considered for future removal.

  • what date is the next meeting in Russell st essendon

    mario asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Mario, we're looking forward to opening an Info Hub at Essendon shortly for community members to drop in and ask questions, and give feedback. Keep an eye on our website for dates and times. In the meantime if you have specific questions please email us at contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au or call us on 1800 762 667.

  • Can you put on the website a plan of Buckley St showing where the trench will begin and end, the service roads, and how the pedestrians can cross safely from Rose St to the south side of Buckley St.

    mopsa asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Mopsa, we've recently awarded the contract for this project and it won’t be long until Buckley Street level crossing is a thing of the past! 

    Our next step at Buckley Street is refining the design. We are about to begin work on this with our project alliance. Once we have more details, we'll share them with the community. What we do know is that access will be retained local streets and that there will be a new public open space in the station precinct that will include a safe car-free walkway across Buckley Street for pedestrians, including local students. Pedestrians will no longer have to wait for the lights. 

    We will shortly be seeking community input on aspects of the project such as landscaping, lighting, car parking and pedestrian and cycle access. Stay tuned for how to get involved.

  • I received a flyer in the mail from you stating your progress with the Buckley St crossing. Obviously the local residence are concerned and want further discussion on the options. I only have only one question, Why (even stated on your flyer ) are you rushing it through? Dictionary: To Rush "dash towards in an attempt to attack or capture." If you feel you are in need to attack or capture the moment it tell's me this is not a decision with good future prospects. Why are you rushing it through? and I don't want the answer Essendon community has waited long enough, that is not the reason,every crossing feels that. I want a fact. ie. When is the latest date to proceed with this current funding. Chris

    Chrissy asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Chrissy, we are removing the Buckley Street level crossing as the boom gate down time during the two hour morning peak is up to 78 minutes. The congestion this causes in the area, both during and after the morning peak, is disruptive and drivers take risks to beat the boom gates, putting themselves and others in danger. 

    In addition, the Melbourne Metro Rail project will increase the number of trains on the Craigieburn line, which will further increase boom gate down times and therefore add to congestion and safety issues. The recommended road underpass design is the best solution for the removal of the Buckley Street level crossing. It puts safety first, involves no property acquisition, maintains current connections, significantly improves traffic flow along Buckley Street and is designed to allow for future improvements in the wider area. This design was recommended following extensive technical investigation of all available options, including lowering the rail line under the road. The recommendation has been made in consultation with planners and key transport operators. 

    The road underpass is fully funded. Early works are set to begin later this year with major works to occur in 2018. The project will be completed in 2019. There are still plenty of opportunities to get involved The next stage of our consultation will be seeking feedback on project elements such as open space, lighting, landscaping, and pedestrian and cycle access. If you haven't already, sign up for email updates to stay informed. Go to http://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/subscribe

  • Could you please inform me what future improvements in the local area you envisage after the road under rail is finished. Is there anything planned for 1.Mt Alexander Rd, Grice Cres and Shamrock St intersections 2. the rail bridge over Mt Rd 3. the roundabout 4. tram alignment and DDA complient stop. If LXRA has no answers, can you forward them to Vicroad and Yarra Trams that are on your committee and ask to report on this site

    clappr asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Clappr - our apologies for the delayed response.

    We have been tasked with removing 50 dangerous and congested level crossings around Melbourne. The intersections you mention are outside the scope of our project but as part of upgrading the precinct and wider area, we are working with a range of organisations to investigate what opportunities exist for these intersections.

    We are in discussion with Council, PTV, VicRoads and Yarra Trams to identify what opportunities may exist for the wider local area, including the intersections you have mentioned. VicRoads and Yarra Trams are aware of the issues at the roundabout, the tram alignment and the need for a DDA compliant stop.

    Plans to fix some of these issues pre-date and are separate to our level crossing removal project. As noted above, we are in regular conversation with the relevant organisations about our respective projects. 

  • Why isn't Glenroy Rd crossing being removed at the same time as the Essendon crossing? Surely if they were done in conjunction it would mean less closures to the line.

    HC asked over 2 years ago

    Hi HC, Glenroy is in the early planning stages and we still have a lot of work to do. This includes engineering and technical work to find out what is feasible at this location, community consultation and then details of timeframes, design and construction.

    Buckley Street, Essendon is more advanced and work will get underway there later this year. The road-underpass solution at Buckley Street means there will be minimal rail disruption on the Craigieburn line. The Glenroy level crossing is locked in for removal, though, so stay tuned on project details.

  • Option 1 is fine. Please put it out for tender ( design & construct) so it can go ahead

    integrity asked over 2 years ago

    Hi there, 

    We've got great news for you - our construction partner, an alliance of John Holland and KBR, was announced late last week. Detailed design is now underway. Early works will start later this year. Major works will begin in 2018 and the level crossing will be gone in 2019.

  • if road under rail - what will happen to the 475 turning left , travelling to moonee ponds ??

    par asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Par, 

    We're working with PTV's Bus Operations Group to understand the potential new routes the 475 will take, post-project. The 475 will no longer turn left onto Buckley Street, but will take a new route that will be confirmed by PTV as we work through the final design. 

    We suggest you sign up for email updates so you can stay up to date with what's happening: http://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/subscribe

  • 1. You have not answered the earlier question about school traffic. The point that neither you nor Danny Pearson comprehend is that the traffic in the streets between Waverley Rd and Leslie Rd is not only traffic avoiding the level crossing. Many of these cars are delivering students to the local schools. Under your proposal it will not be possible for cars coming from the west or north to use Leslie Road and these will be forced into the streets from Lorraine down to Waverley. How can we have confidence that you understand this or have taken it into account when none of your answers so far acknowledge this and the traffic impact study was only delivered to the City Council last Wednesday. Please release the traffic impact study immediately. 2. You maintain that it is a benefit that no properties will be acquired. Why won't you acknowledge that this proposal will reduce the value of hundreds of local houses over which the owners have no right of recompense? 3. You keep citing consultation as the justification for your processes. How can you use this term we only found out about the stakeholder liaison group on Saturday after we were told by Danny Pearson that this proposal is going ahead whether we like it or not. Given that I had registered my interest on your website a month ago, I would have expected to be one of the people who knew that such a group existed. By what process was this group constituted and what principles were used to ensure that it is representative? What are its terms of reference? What arrangements are there for finding out what the community thinks? What mechanisms will be put in place to make this group accountable for the result?

    angela asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Angela, 

    We understand that access to local schools is of great importance to the community. Leslie Road will be accessible via the new service road on Buckley Street. Vehicles will travel east on Buckley Streeton the new service road, and turn right towards Sherbourne Street before making a left-hand turn into Leslie Road. 

    Significant investment from the State Government to improve transport services around the Essendon Station and the public realm will leave the precinct improved for the community and commuters alike. These investments into local communities usually make them more attractive to prospective buyers. 

    The SLG comprises a dozen local people, with membership formulated to represent a broad cross section of community membership and interests. It includes local resident, trader, schools, council officers and public transport representatives. Some members had indicated to LXRA during formal and informal meetings with us that they were interested in being involved, while others were nominated by Danny Pearson MP, Member for Essendon, who chairs the SLG, as well as and Ben Carroll MP, Member for Niddrie. 

    As the SLG only held its inaugural meeting in late April and the members are still getting to know each other and what is involved in their membership, we are not currently publicly naming them. At the next meeting, later this month, this will be an agenda item for discussion. Rest assured, that a key purpose of the group is for members to share project information. If there is something you would like the group to consider please contact us at contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au and we will add your question to the next agenda and report back to you.

  • At the information session last year, I was advised that Park st and Puckle St, road and rail could be separated in the future and it is achievable if the road or rail went under Buckley St. Could you inform me how these separations would be achieved (trench, road under etc) if your preferred option at Buckley St goes ahead

    clappr asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Clappr, 

    The road underpass at Buckley Street makes allowances for any future rail-related work in the wider Essendon area, including the removal of the Park Street and Puckle Street level crossings or upgrades to the Mt Alexander Road tram route. 

    We have not done major investigations at these sites as they are not currently scheduled for removal, however, we do know that both rail and road-based options are possible at Park Street and Puckle Street, and would not affect or be affected by the work at Buckley Street. 

  • How much community consultation actually occurred in making this decision? I know there have been meetings and I have attended many, but I know of nobody who thinks digging a hole in the heart of Essendon is a good idea. Will you hold back and let us collectively re-think the solutions?

    Prof Jo Grimwade asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Jo - in late 2016 we hosted two community information sessions where community members had the opportunity to view the removal options for the Buckley Street level crossing and participate in discussions about future plans for the precinct.

    We have subsequently held a series of meetings with traders, residents, schools and local community groups to further discuss our project. We are also opening an information hub at 22 Russell Street later this month and encourage all community members to come to talk to us there. We have said consistently since November 2016 that a road underpass is the only option for removing the Buckley Street level crossing. It has been endorsed by the Minister for Public Transport and is fully funded. This solution was recommended only after thorough technical investigation of all options, including rail over and rail under the road. We are confident that the road underpass design is the best solution for the local area. It puts safety first, involves no property acquisition, retains the history and character of the precinct and is designed to allow for future improvements in the wider area.

     Our construction partner has now been announced and our next step is detailed design. There will be many opportunities for the community to provide input  at this next  design stage to help refine the 'look and feel' of many aspects of this level crossing removal project, including public open space, landscaping and the underpass.  

    Early works will begin towards the end of this year.  

  • Show me what you are really going to give us in Essendon. What height will all the barriers be? Why is Essendon getting Road under Rail when everywhere else is Rail under it over the Road?

    Joan asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Joan - an integrated Essendon community and transport hub is a key priority for us. The recommended design will be a unique solution designed especially for the local area and we are confident this is the best solution for the removal of the Buckley Street level crossing. Our construction partner has now been announced and our next step is detailed design. There will be many opportunities for the community  to provide input  at this next  design stage to help refine the 'look and feel' of many aspects of this level crossing removal project, including public open space, landscaping and the underpass. Early works will begin towards the end of 2017 and the project will be complete in 2019.

  • I am a resident that lives in one of the streets off Buckley Street and am very concerned about the thousands of students and elderly residents trying to cross Buckley Street. will residents only be able to cross at Lincoln Rd and Russell St? I believe this proposal is being rushed through without any thought to long term ramifications. Your statement about the boom gates being down for 78 minutes between 7-9am also applies to Park Street and Holmes Road/ Puckle Street but you are doing nothing to address the problems with these boom gates and the increase in traffic to these areas between 7 am and 9am when you block Lesley Road. These three sets of boo gates should be considered as one project. The rail under road proposal is the best option and all three sets of boom gates and two train stations should be considered as one big project.

    Georgia Pitliangas asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Georgia,

    We have put lot of time and thought into this level crossing removal and only recommended the road underpass solution after thoroughly investigating all options, including rail under the road. We are confident that the underpass is the best solution at this location. It puts safety first, involves no property acquisition, maintains current road connections, significantly improves traffic flow along Buckley Street and is designed to allow for future improvements in the wider area.

    The project will create new public open space between Rose Street and Sherbourne Street, including a safe space for pedestrians and cyclists to cross Buckley Street. This will be particularly well used by students from the nearby schools. All local streets - including Leslie Road - and public places will be connected by this new open space and dedicated service roads.

    The new Buckley Street road underpass will allow traffic to flow more efficiently due to vehicles not having to stop for trains or pedestrian lights. Traffic currently using local streets to avoid the boom gates will be drawn back to Buckley Street as a more attractive route. The Buckley Street underpass will have three lanes, two running west to east and one running east to west. We have conducted traffic studies in the area in consultation with Moonee Valley City Council, which show that the recommended design will result in less congestion.

    We have been tasked with removing 50 of Melbourne's dangerous and congested level crossings. Park and Puckle Streets are not on the list of 50. Our project allows for any future removal of these two crossings or upgrades to the Mt Alexander Road tram route. We have not done major investigations at these sites as they are not currently scheduled for removal, however, we do know that both rail and road-based options are possible at Park Street and Puckle Street.

  • HI, I am a local resident and strongly support the investment in the future of our community and support the more future focused, innovative rail going underground. However, at the meeting today it was clear the decision has already been made as you announced tenders for the rail under road go out next week. So I found that this meeting being labelled as part of a consultative process insulting. I can see how the rail under road is the cheapest and simplest option for the Vic Govt, and so its clear why this decision is the one that has been made. You'll get in and out for the cheapest price, and then we will be left to deal with this eye sore and this sub par option - and by we, I mean the MVCC council, most local residents and local business owners who ALL oppose your cheap option, and will all suffer for it down the track, for years to come. Embarrassingly, the Vic Government reps at the meeting today could not even answer the most simplest questions, even those regarding traffic management as formal surveys have not been done, and their quotations of the price of both options were embarrassingly vague and clearly manipulated to make their decision appear smart. Even when asked about who the members of the Consultation Committee are, we were told that their names are confidential. So much for consultation!??! You wouldn't see such a cheap, shortsighted option being made in the leafy Eastern suburbs, there's no cheap 'road under rail' options set for Armadale, and the like... because this is a short sighted, financially motivated political decision made by people who will not be around to suffer the consequences.

    Georgia asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Georgia, 

    Thanks for your feedback.

    We are committed to continuing to consult with the community about our project. We are opening an Info Hub in Russell Street later this month and will have ongoing opportunities for you to speak with us about the level crossing removal. This will include opportunities to have your say about public open space and landscaping. 

    The meeting on 29 April was organised and run by the Moonee Valley City Council, and was not part of our consultation process.  

    The Stakeholder Liaison Group comprises a dozen local people, with membership formulated to represent a broad spectrum of community memberships and interests. It includes local resident, trader, school, council and public transport representatives. As the meeting only held its inaugural meeting in late April and the members are still getting to know each other and what is involved in their membership, we are not currently publicly naming them. At the next meeting, later this month, this will be an agenda item for discussion. Rest assured, that a key purpose of the group is for members to share project information. If there is something you would like the group to consider please contact us at contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au and we will add your question to the next agenda and report back to you. 

    The road underpass solution has been endorsed by the Minister for Public Transport and is fully funded, with the project to be completed by 2019. This solution was recommended only after thorough technical investigation of all options, including rail over and rail under the road. We are confident that the road underpass design is the best solution for the local area. It puts safety first, involves no property acquisition, retains the history and character of the precinct and is designed to allow for future improvements in the wider area. 

    The recommendation has been made in consultation with planners and key transport operators. It was first presented to the local community in November 2016 and we have been continuing with technical and environmental investigations. 

    An integrated Essendon community and transport hub is a key priority for LXRA. The Essendon Station and shopping precinct will be improved with new public plazas and we are keen to hear what the community would like to see in these new open spaces. The existing local streets, homes, schools and the shopping precincts will be connected by dedicated service roads. 

    The new Buckley Street road underpass will allow traffic to flow more efficiently as it will not be held up by trains or traffic lights. Traffic currently using local streets to avoid the boom gates will be drawn back to Buckley Street as a more attractive route. 

    Pedestrian safety too will be vastly improved. Pedestrians, cyclists and especially students from local schools will use the new walkway to access the enhanced Essendon station precinct and will no longer have to cross busy Buckley Street or be held up at the lights. 

    After the level crossing has been removed we are looking to improve bus connections including the potential alteration of bus routes and stop locations. Further consideration of bussing arrangements is still required as part of the next design phase. To assist with this, we have established an Integrated Transport Working Group which includes representatives from Public Transport Victoria, VicRoads, local bus operators and Moonee Valley City Council officers and provides technical transport advice to LXRA. 

    We will be announcing our construction partner in coming weeks and moving into the next stage of the project, which is detailed design. 

  • What is going to happen to Lorraine street Essendon

    Jeanette wright asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Jeanette, 

    Thanks for your question. Lorraine Street, Essendon will remain a two way street, with continued access to homes via a service road at the current Buckley Street level. 

    We will have further information about the project as we go into the detailed design stage after the forthcoming announcement of our construction partner. Sign up for email updates at levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/subscribe to stay updated.

  • I am a local resident and I strongly support the preferred option of road under rail. This seems the safest and most efficient option that will preserve a beautiful & historical station, close the line for the minimal time and remove the crossing. It will also reduce cars in local streets racing to avoid Buckley Street. May I suggest that when the road is lowerered the station platform could be extended over Buckley Street - this could then allow school students and the community to get to the station without even having to cross Buckley Street.

    essendonresident asked over 2 years ago

    Hi there - great suggestion and you are spot on. Our design incorporates a new, safe area that is separate from traffic and is just for for pedestrians, including local school students, and cyclists to get to and from the station.

  • You could raise Mt Alexander Road up to the rail bridge & lower the rail under both roads.

    Masina Taule'alo asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Masina, 

    Thanks for your comment. We looked at all options, including lowering the rail line under the road, before recommending the road solution. The road under rail solution to remove the level crossing at Buckley St was chosen after extensive engineering and technical investigations. We believe this to be the best solution for the local community, putting safety first, requiring no property acquisition and retaining the history and character of the precinct. The design also allows for future improvements in the wider area.

  • Dear Sir/Madam, I am a local resident lives next to the railway between Moonee Ponds and Essendon Stations. The noise pollution is tremendous especially those heavy duty commercial trains passing by every late night. Even worse is the extension operating hours of night Metro trains. With Park and BUCKLEY streets level crossing removal and rail way upgrade. Would be the noise pollution reduction is a part of plan? The local residents would love to seeing such as great improvement benefit for our local community. Please advise what should I do to put this suggestion on the agenda? Thanks Regards

    Paulwho asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Paul, we have been tasked with removing 50 dangerous and congested level crossings throughout Melbourne, including at Buckley Street, Essendon, which will be gone in 2019. There are currently no plans to remove the Park Street level crossing. Our project will reduce noise as the level crossing bells will be removed and trains will no longer need to sound their horns at the crossing, which will be removed.

    If you have concerns about train noise at night we recommend you speak with Metro Trains Melbourne on 1800 800 007 or go to metrotrains.com.au/customer-feedback/

  • The announced option does not consider the local community, traffic management, traders and driven purely by the cheapest option. The school precinct of Leslie Road and all surrounding streets will be severely impacted, no right turn out of Leslie Road will be a major disaster and bottleneck / gridlock for all roads each side of Buckley street for local roads on both sides of the rail line between Mt Alexander Road and Waverley / Lincoln Roads. The schools of St Columba's, Lowther Hall and PEGs will cause the local roads to be gridlocked for 2 hours plus per day and make Park street crossing the only alternative which will be a worst solution than what currently exists. These roads will not function. This has not been thought through, considered local residents, schools and the community. Where is the traffic study. Disaster!!!!

    Andrew McCleave asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Andrew, we have done extensive engineering and technical investigation work to arrive at our recommended road underpass solution for removing the Buckley Street level crossing.

    This is the best solution for the local community. It puts safety first, involves no property acquisition, retains the history and character of the precinct and is designed to allow for future improvements in the wider area. We looked at all options, including lowering the rail line under the road, before recommending the road solution. The new Buckley Street road underpass will allow traffic to flow more efficiently as vehicles won't have to stop at the boomgates and drivers who currently use local streets to avoid the level crossing - which is down for 78 minutes in the morning peak - will be drawn back to Buckley Street as a more direct route.

    Pedestrian safety will be vastly improved as we will create a car-free walkway for people and cyclists. We expect this to particularly benefit students from  St Columba’s and Lowther Hall, who will use the new walkway to get to and from the enhanced Essendon station precinct and will no longer have to cross busy Buckley Street or wait at the lights. The service roads will maintain access to all local streets, including those around the schools. We are meeting regularly with Moonee Valley City Council officers, transport providers, traders, school representatives and local traders as we progress our project.

    Our Stakeholder Liaison Group has a broad cross-section of community representation and allows for open communication between LXRA, residents, local businesses and special interest groups. We will be announcing our construction partner shortly and progressing to the detailed design phase. We are keen to continue to hear from the local community, particularly around open space opportunities, as we refine this design. 

  • If the heritage listing and preservation Essendon Station is so crucial in justifying road under rail at Buckley St, why doesn't the same apply the the similarly heritage-listed Moonee Ponds station? The LXRA says that Puckle St can go rail under road, so why can't Essendon station be moved, if the LXRA is prepared to demolish Moonee Ponds, which has the same "protection "?

    Long Time Resident asked over 2 years ago

    Our road underpass solution at Buckley Street does not preclude any future removal of the Park Street and Puckle Street level crossings. These are not on the list of 50 level crossings to be removed throughout Melbourne, and therefore we have done no investigation at these sites into what would be the best solutions at these locations. 

  • Hi. Other than cost and the time taken to complete the project, can you name one single outcome of the cheap and nasty road under rail option that is actually superior to lowering the tracks under the road? The ugly and dangerous 600 metre trench, the inability to cross from one side of Buckley St to the other, the severe disruption to businesses in Rose St, the removal of the tree-lined median strips, the inability to access and egress Buckley St from about eight side streets and resultant increased traffic in residential streets, and increased safety hazards for pedestrians crossing Buckley St, all the way down to Washington St - all these disastrous outcomes will be avoided if the track goes under the road. Why not think for the long-term benefit of the area?

    Long Time Resident asked over 2 years ago

    Thanks for your comments. 

    Our recommended solution of lowering Buckley Street under the rail line has many positives, including reducing congestion and improving pedestrian safety in and around the Essendon station precinct. 

    The new underpass will allow traffic to travel freely along Buckley Street, without being held up by boom gates or traffic lights. Traffic on local streets will be reduced, as motorists will no longer need to avoid the level crossing. 

    This option also means no private property acquisition and we are able to maintain the heritage-listed station. Engineering experts have looked at all options for removing this level crossing and lowering the road is the best solution at this location. 

    Pedestrian safety will also be vastly improved. Pedestrians, cyclists and especially students from St Columba’s, P.E.G.S. and Lowther Hall will use the new walkway to access the enhanced Essendon station precinct and will no longer have to cross busy Buckley Street or be held up at the traffic lights. An integrated Essendon community and transport hub is a key priority for us. 

    We're keen to hear what the community would like to see in the new open spaces around the station. Please keep an eye on the hub for opportunities to get involved.

  • With your preferred option, what consideration will be given to landscaping on the new Buckley Street? From my understanding, the road reserve isn't wide enough to accommodate any vegetation once you remove the median, lower the road, and construct the access to Rose and Russell streets. Without much in the way of vegetation, Buckley Street could become a concrete hellhole of an urban heat island. Your emphasis on improving the public realm and connectivity atop the decked Buckley Street seems to fall short, as it would struggle to support any vegetation and landscaping. For the lowered Buckley Street, could you please explore minimising number of lanes and lane width to save as much space for green landscaping? For the eastbound access to Rose Street, is this really required? (especially as buses already turn a block earlier). Could this space be dedicated to tree plantings and pedestrian spaces? Where there will be extensive concrete exposure, could you explore options for green walls or climber vegetation? And minimise the number of trees you cut down. Losing the Buckley St median trees is a real blow, with its beautiful​ viewlines. Thanks

    AdamWoj asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Adam, 

    Thanks for your thoughtful and considered suggestions about maintaining landscaping around Buckley Street. We don't yet have a detailed design, however this will be the next stage of our project once we have a construction partner on board. 

    We'll be back out talking to the local community about how to maintain and improve green spaces and what the community would like to see. Keep an eye on our hub for more opportunities to participate.

  • Assume that the preferred option was to be acceptable to residents. If there is no intention to assume private property, how are you going to fit the service lanes for streets like Rose and Russell, without reducing the number of lanes currently available to drivers of through traffic vehicles? Is there any provision for bicycles? If so, where and how?

    Don't have one asked over 2 years ago

    Hi there, 

    Thanks for your questions, and we're sorry for the late response. 

    Buckley Street will be lowered under the rail line, allowing traffic to flow freely through the area without being held up by boom gates, which are down for 78 minutes in the morning peak, and traffic lights. 

    Our investigations have shown that Buckley Street is wide enough to implement the road underpass solution, comprising two lanes running west to east and one running east to west.

    There will be service roads at the existing road level for vehicles to access local streets, including Rose and Russell Streets, and schools. 

     We have established a transport working group which includes council officers from Moonee Valley City Council. This group also includes epresentation from the bus operators and bicycle user groups. Through this group we are working to establish smoother bus connections and to better enable safe movements for cyclists in the area. 

    Once we have a construction partner on board we will have more detail about parking outcomes and cyclist movements.

  • From your proposal I can see that there will be increased traffic in the surrounding streets especially Violet street as this will be where cars can get on to on off the Buckley street underpasss. What are your plans not to increase detrimentally to the residents especially for Violet Street. If there is the current train line cutting this area in half Russel/Rose st and then a trench for Buckley Street how can the LXRA say that the area is going to improve. The amount of buses going to and from the station is incredible and this also affects residental streets around the station. There should be a dedicated area of buses and also for cars to drop off and pick up. At present I have seen cars in bus areas to drop off (as there is no other choice) and buses parked in car spaces. Another issue that I was recently advised of is the amount of incidents of trucks hitting bridges and this can only increase with having an underpass on Buckley street as well as the current underpass on Mount Alexander road. It would seen that putting rail underneath would remove this risk. Also currently although the station is heritage protected the building and ramps to enter the station are decrepit and I for one cannot understand why the island platform is worth keeping as there is very little or no upkeep of this area and no easy access for those elderly or disabled (and this includes actually getting onto the train). Surely the money and effort to improve this station would be better spent on a new more modern station like (but not only) the MVCC option.

    Worried asked over 2 years ago

    Hi there, 

    Thanks for your detailed question, and we apologise for the delayed response. 

    You raise several points here. The road underpass solution will reduce traffic on local streets as motorists will no longer need to avoid the level crossing, which is down for 78 minutes during the morning peak. 

    The new underpass will allow traffic to travel efficiently along Buckley Street without being held up by boom gates or traffic lights. The height of the underpass will meet modern standards (5.4m) as set by VicRoads. The height of the Mt Alexander Road bridge is 4m. 

    We have established a working group that meets regularly with a range of transport stakeholders, including bus operators, and council officers to discuss ways to improve the station precinct and explore how we can improve the efficiency of bus and train connections. The working group has also met with Heritage Victoria to discuss and explore where improvements could be made to improve DDA compliance at the heritage listed Essendon station. 

    Feel free to contact us at any time if you have further questions. 

  • I have lived in Essendon all my life. I am a frequent train traveller and not a motorist, and I would like Essendon station to stay as it is. The council says it wants a new underground station "to meet the needs of the 21st century", but I don't know what that means. I would be very surprised if access to the below-ground platforms would be as convenient as it is at present, since the vertical distance between ground level and the platforms would be much greater. People just want to get in and out of the station quickly and easily. The new below-ground stations at Ormond and McKinnon have long flights of stairs now. Would that make access at Essendon station better? I don't think so. Lifts are slow and escalators (if there are to be any; do we know?) break down too often. Please leave Essendon station it as it is. At the Saturday meeting at Ukrainian House a few weeks ago some people complained about the LXRA's proposed single out-bound lane on Buckley St (among other things). However, in the afternoon peak I would think that the lights at Waverley St would be the bottleneck to that traffic rather than the single lane. At the same meeting the council said (and their posters also said) that people on the Frankston line campaigned loudly for rail-under-road and got what they wanted, so Essendon should get that as well. Well, that is misleading because people on the Frankston line were mainly protesting _against_ sky rail. Sky rail isn't the preferred option at Essendon so the situations are not comparable.

    TrainUser asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Trainuser, 

    Thanks for getting in touch. We'll be retaining the heritage-listed Essendon Station, and are looking to make some improvements to access, working closely with Moonee Valley City Council officers and Heritage Victoria. 

    Our recommended design to lower Buckley Street under the rail line includes two lanes running west to east, and one lane running east to west in the underpass. These three lanes of traffic will have enough capacity for more than double the existing traffic flow. Our design also includes service lanes at the existing Buckley Street level to allow local traffic to access the area. 

    We are continuing to consult with the community, as we work towards a detailed design for removing the Buckley Street level crossing.

  • With your preferred option, how do I get from Leslie St across to Flower St? Should you not extend the road under rail further down Buckley St and cover over so that traffic may flow in cross roads of which there is high traffic volume. I live in Richardson St and daughter attends Lowther Hall school on Leslie Road. Why not still have the level crossing for those coming out or Rose St, turning left towards Mt Alexander Road and for those turning right out of Russell st wanting to head down toward Lincoln Road. You have further created density of traffic on side streets. What about turning left out of Russell St heading towards Mt Alexander Road. Your preferred option does not stack up, only does for a cheap easy option for those who do not live in the area.

    Texan asked over 2 years ago

    Hi there,

    Thanks for your questions. Our recommended solution of lowering the road under Buckley Street will allow traffic to flow freely through the area without being held up by boom gates or traffic lights. It will also take traffic off local streets as motorists will no longer need to avoid the level crossing. 

    The service roads at the current Buckley Street level will provide access to local streets on either side of Buckley Street. There will be some changes in traffic movements for local residents, and we're happy to meet with you to talk through your specific concerns and outline the changes. Please call us on 1800 762 667, we hope to hear from you soon.

  • Why is the government choosing to go with the cheapest and least effective option? Would it not be better to leave things as they are and undertake the task at a later date when funds and expertise are available?

    Ane asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Ane, 

    Thanks for your questions, and apologies for the late response. 

    The removal of the Buckley Street level crossing is fully funded through the long-term lease of the Port of Melbourne. Our recommended solution of lowering Buckley Street under the rail line has many positives, including reducing congestion and improving pedestrian safety in and around the Essendon station precinct. 

    The new underpass will allow traffic to travel freely along Buckley Street, without being held up by boom gates or traffic lights. Traffic on local streets will be reduced, as motorists will no longer need to avoid the level crossing. This option also means no private property acquisition and we are able to maintain the heritage-listed station. 

    Engineering experts have looked at all options for removing this level crossing and lowering the road is the best solution at this location. 

    We are consulting regularly with the local community and stakeholders including Moonee Valley City Council officers, Public Transport Victoria, Transport for Victoria, Metro Trains Melbourne, Yarra Trams, VicRoads and bus operators to deliver the best possible project for the area.

  • Will there be extra car parks provided for the station. There are not enough car parks for commuters.

    Wayne1 asked over 2 years ago

    Thanks for your question, Wayne. 

    Once we have a construction partner on board, we will have more information on parking, but we just don't have that level of detail yet. 

    We're working with the Moonee Valley City Council officers as part of the Precinct and Development Working Group to determine how the area will look and function following the removal of the Buckley Street level crossing. 

    If you haven't already, we'd encourage you to sign up for email updates to stay up to date - levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/subscribe 

  • Is there more car park spaces in this new development the existing one is not enough

    Dmakte asked over 2 years ago

    Hi there,

    Thanks for your question. Once we have a construction partner on board, we will have more information on parking, but we just don't have that level of detail yet.  

    We are working with Moonee Valley City Council officers as part of the Precinct and Development Working Group to determine how the area will look and function following the removal of the Buckley Street level crossing. 

    If you haven't already, we'd encourage you to sign up for email updates - levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/subscribe - this is a good way to stay up to date.

  • Hi, I don't find the following statement on your website very assuring "Lowering Buckley Street under the rail line allows for both the Park and Puckle Street level crossings to be removed in the future." How is this so? Logically it will rule out 'rail under road' for Park and Puckle Streets and I haven't seen a feasibility study on how 'rail over road' will work with such a steep gradient from Essendon station to Park Street. Also, is it true that you haven't disclosed that Buckley Street will be losing one lane of road? Thanks!

    LesMooneePonds asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Les, 

    You've heard right - removing the boom gates at Buckley Street doesn't stop us removing the level crossings at Park Street and Puckle Street in future. If these two level crossings are removed at some point, all grade separations, including rail under or rail over are possible. None of these options would have an impact on Buckley Street. 

    Our recommended design to lower Buckley Street includes two lanes running west to east and one lane running east to west in the underpass. These three lanes of traffic will have enough capacity for more than double the existing traffic flow. Our design also includes service lanes at the existing Buckley Street level to allow local traffic to access the area.

  • I note your design preference but I don't see any additional parking that is desperately needed if you want the public to utilise the public transport system. I see a lot of vacant land along the rail line that could be used for parking & also to provide bike paths that would take the bikes off the roads which would be a much safer option but would also provide better traffic flow.

    Leanne asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Leanne, 

    Thanks for your question. We've established a transport working group which includes officers from the Moonee Valley City Council, and also includes representation from the bus operators and bicycle user groups. They're working to establish smoother bus connections, and to better enable safe movements for cyclists in the area. 

    Once we have a construction partner on board we will have more detail about parking outcomes and cyclist movements. Removing the Buckley Street level crossing will bring safety improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and local residents.

  • Hundreds of school children and other pedestrians cross Buckley Street to get to and from Essendon Station every day. The tunnel will make traffic visibility more difficult and will enable and encourage cars to travel at higher speeds in an area where school children cross at high volumes. It seems to me that this proposed tunnel will be dangerous for pedestrians. Rose Street is also a meeting place for many students, with vibrant cafes and local services, and is much loved by it's locals. Putting a 5 metre drop at the end of the street where teens congregate is asking for trouble. How long will it be before this tunnel results in a fatality?

    Charlie asked over 2 years ago

    Thanks for your question, Charlie. 

    The preferred solution creates a safer walk from Essendon Station to school for students, by separating traffic and pedestrians. Students from surrounding schools will no longer have to cross busy Buckley Street, or be held up at the lights to get to school. 

    There will be no direct access between the pedestrian walkway and the Buckley Street underpass. The preferred solution will create a safer environment with more open community space at Rose Street and Sherbourne Street by separating traffic and pedestrians.

    We're keen to hear what the community would like to see in the new open space. Keep up to date on the project by signing up here: levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/subscribe

  • I'm a local business owner on 101 buckey st Essendon. I have few questions if I may ask as follows 1. With your current preferred option of road under the Rail, how much will it effect it supply of electricity , water and Gas and phone lines, considering most of us do operate on weekends. 2. How much consideration was given to businesses that will be affected during construction work time . 3 surely parking spaces will be gone during work times, what are the alternatives considered. 4. When will be the next meeting in Essendon area of your repersantives and where ? 5. Please consider how much it will effect businesses and do give us indication of your planned work if we will be out of business during work times. Because around melbourne many People gone Broke due to level crossing works. Kind regards Sewak gill

    Sewak asked over 2 years ago

    Hi there,

    Thanks for your questions. Minimising effects for local businesses is a key focus for us. We commenced with trader workshops last year prior to broader community engagement. In January we were out talking to local traders and will be meeting with more traders over the coming weeks. 

    We're committed to engaging with traders early and often about any planned works. Maintaining the continuity of services such as electricity, gas, water and phone during the construction phase is a priority. 

    Our project team are already working closely with all utility providers and have started investigation works to map all services which might be affected. Once our construction partner is on board mid-year, we will confirm exact timings on the construction works and discuss how we avoid any potential impacts. 

    Yes, there may be changes to parking during construction. Some parking spaces may be relocated or others closed for short periods of time. Closures for minimum periods will only happen when we need to install the new infrastructure safely. After the level crossing is removed there will be new open spaces at Rose Street and Sherbourne Street to further enhance the Essendon Station precinct.

    We're keen to hear ideas from local traders on how we can support you. Keep up to date on the project by signing up here: levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/subscribe

  • If the problem in taking traffic from Rose Street across Buckley beside the trains (as mooted in my last question) is that the road cutting would need to be longer, could the road-bridge part be made higher than the railway line, to give head-room clearance with the original cutting?

    Sambarman asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Sambarman,

    Thanks for your questions. 

    Your idea is spot on. Our plan is to install service roads at the current level of Buckley Street, maintaining access for local traffic and pedestrians, while through traffic travels freely along the new underpass, without being held up by boom gates of traffic lights. To exit Rose Street, vehicles will turn right at the current level then drive along the new service lane travelling west. To enter Rose Street from the west, vehicles will turn left from the new service road. This can be achieved without acquiring any properties. 

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