Preston


The Victorian Government is getting rid of the dangerous and congested level crossings at Murray Road, Cramer Street, Bell Street and Oakover Road, Preston, and building two new stations.

The four level crossings will be removed by raising the rail line over the road onto a rail bridge. The project will deliver new community open spaces, new Bell and Preston stations, and safer local connections.

The first round of consultation was held in November and December 2019, including face-to-face meetings with key stakeholders and an online engagement hub. You can read about the findings here.

Further technical investigations are being carried out to arrive at a design that’s right for Preston and there will be further opportunities for the community to get involved.

If you would like more information please visit our website or sign up to receive project updates.



The Victorian Government is getting rid of the dangerous and congested level crossings at Murray Road, Cramer Street, Bell Street and Oakover Road, Preston, and building two new stations.

The four level crossings will be removed by raising the rail line over the road onto a rail bridge. The project will deliver new community open spaces, new Bell and Preston stations, and safer local connections.

The first round of consultation was held in November and December 2019, including face-to-face meetings with key stakeholders and an online engagement hub. You can read about the findings here.

Further technical investigations are being carried out to arrive at a design that’s right for Preston and there will be further opportunities for the community to get involved.

If you would like more information please visit our website or sign up to receive project updates.


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  • I live in the apts on 388 murray rd.how high are the bridges going to be and is the track going to be in the same place and how wide is it going to be.will my apt de value

    Gregrocky56 asked 15 days ago

    Hi Greg, thanks for getting in touch.

    Our project team are still working through the designs of the Preston Level Crossing Removal Project, with the exact details such as height and width of rail bridge still being determined.

    We’re looking to improve the local area by removing the congested level crossings and creating new open spaces for the community to enjoy.

  • I've been wondering about the tram hump. Is the railway going be elevated to the Thornbury Railway station side of the hump? This would make sense as the trams could then travel between StGeorges rd and Plenty rd High st junction far more efficiently and possibly become a new passenger link. I read below the hump is heritage listed? Really ? It's a blight ! Impractical due to gradient doesn't allow for a passenger connection. The trams running under the rail would allow for not only tram services but also a pedestrian and cycling path to connect to services for residents west of st George's rd shops schools Latrobe university etc. At the present it is useless on a bike ,due to stairs on east side ,which set you down on the road in that tight corner to the north of the hump. This forces bikes and pedestrians onto the tram tracks. Please take this into consideration. I'm sure tramdrivers would feel the same way about the hump. Aesthetically it has nothing to offer .it is an ugly leftover from a quick fix from the 1920's, is of no cultural or relevant significance to anyone. Just a poorly designed hump. Geoff Lambourn Resident Thornbury

    Geoff asked 21 days ago

    Hi Geoff, thanks for your questions.

    The removal of the four level crossings in Preston is currently in the planning stages.

    We're raising the rail line over Murray Road, Cramer Street, Bell Street and Oakover Road and building two new stations at Bell and Preston. 

    The Miller Street pedestrian and tramway bridge along with the Preston Tram Depot are on the Victorian Heritage Register. We work closely with Heritage Victoria and other stakeholders to ensure the significance of heritage items are preserved.

    At this stage, a design has not yet been finalised and there will be further opportunities for the community to provide feedback about the project.

    In the meantime, we are currently accepting applications for the Preston Open Space Advisory Panel (POSAP), who will represent the interests and views of the community as we develop Preston's newest open spaces.

    Visit your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/preston to submit your application for POSAP, closing 5pm 22 March.

  • I'm finding it very hard to keep updated with information regarding the work on the level crossing and the community engagement. I only found out about this current survey that ends tomorrow through a local neighbor letter box drop. I have not seen anyone at the stations, trams stops, Preston market etc engaging with the community about this project. I am signed up to updates through levelcrossing.vic.gov.au and check it regularly — but havn't seen any additional information on there. It wasn't until just recently I found out that this website https://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/ is where the information is. This is not where I am taken when I google preston level crossing removal. If I am actively trying to keep up to date and missing out on information — I can only assume almost everyone else will also be completely unaware. Could you please let me know how you are going to convey the information going forward to keep the community informed and make sure you get their input? Thanks

    morgjon asked 4 months ago

    Hi Morgjon, thanks for getting in touch.

    We’re sorry to hear that you didn’t hear about the survey earlier, we wanted to assure you that the info was communicated in a number of different ways.

     • Email update - We’ve checked our records and can confirm that an email was sent to your inbox on 12 November under the subject ‘Four level crossings going and two new stations on the way in Preston.’ It may have gone to another folder in your inbox such as spam as it doesn’t appear to have been opened.

    • Community update – This was letterboxed in the local area between 8 and 11 November and contained info about the project and feedback opportunities. We are following up with our distribution team to investigate why you may not have received this community update.

     • Pop ups – we had info pop ups at Bell and Preston stations during the morning and afternoon peak between 26 and 27 November. We were also at the Preston Market on 6 December.

    We can see that you are signed up for future Preston email updates -we’d advise you check your junk mail folder and adjust the settings so future email updates don’t get ‘stuck’.

    And please keep your eye on your letterbox for regular community updates and popups in the area.

    We look forward to your involvement with the project going forward.

  • Will there be a lot of extra traffic expected through Oakover Road upon completion? What is the expected height of the Oakover Road overpass? What are the plans for the Intersection at Oakover and High Street Preston? What are the plans for the Intersection at Oakover and St Georges Road Preston? What is the expected height of the Bell Street overpass? I note that the Carnegie area overpass is about 10m high and looks very open and airy now that it is complete - whereas the Reservoir overpass is about 5m and looks dark and dingy and generally of a poorer construction - is this Preston overpass going to be more like the ones found in Carnegie or Reservoir? Will you be able to walk from Oakover Road overpass directly to the Bell Street Station? Will the Miller Street Tram Overpass be retained? Will the Road at Oakover Road be lowered - given the rail is actually higher than the Roads?

    OakoverFD asked 4 months ago

    Hi OakoverFD,

    Thanks for contacting us regarding the Preston Level Crossing Removal Project.

    We're in the planning phase of the Preston project and are still developing several aspects of the design such as the dimensions of the rail bridge.

    It’s worth noting that each level crossing presents its own unique factors to consider when determining the final design, including technical, engineering and community impacts as well as cost.

    While we cannot predict exactly how the project will impact traffic on Oakover Road, by removing the level crossings we will enhance safety and improve traffic flow in the area for all road users. By raising the rail, we will create new open space underneath the 2km rail bridge for the community to enjoy, creating stronger walking connections in all directions, including between Oakover Road and Bell Station.

    There will be a range of opportunities for locals to provide feedback on how this open space is used, including through a community advisory panel. While the nearby intersections you have mentioned are outside the scope of our project, we will continue to work closely with stakeholders such as Darebin City Council and Vic Roads to ensure our works don’t preclude other improvements to the local area.

    We also recognise that the Miller Street pedestrian and tramway bridge are heritage listed and this will be considered as the design is progressed. More information will be available as the design and construction details are finalised next year.

    Thank you again for taking the time to write us. If you haven’t already, you can sign up for regular project updates via email at www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au

  • Hello. I would like to ask why Regent Street is not included in the scope of the project? It seems wasteful to go up for Oakover, Bell, Kramer and Murray roads, down for Regent St, and then up again for Reservoir.

    rossveenstra asked 4 months ago

    Hi Ross, thanks for getting in touch.

    Although Regent Street has not been nominated for the list of 75 level crossings set by the prioritisation framework, works to remove the level crossings in Preston and Reservoir will not preclude Regent Street from being removed in future.

  • We live around the middle of William Street approximately in line with Olver Street. Our backyard backs on to the railway reserve. Where exactly will the rail come back down to ground level, will the existing pedestrian level crossing for the Northern Pipe Trail be retained between Preston and Regent? Or will it be removed given the new open space under overhead rail?

    Cliff asked 4 months ago

    Hi Cliff, thanks for getting in touch.

    We are in the planning phase of the Preston project and are still developing several aspects of the design, including dimensions and exact location of the rail bridge returning to ground level. Improvements to open space and pedestrian connections will be considered as part of the project. 

    You can leave your feedback and suggestions through the online PSA form available on your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/preston which closes this Friday, 20 December 2019.

    Next year there will also be a range of opportunities for locals to provide feedback on how this open space is used, including through a community advisory panel. More information will be available as the design and construction details are finalised.

  • Why was Skyrail not specifically addressed when community consultations were held when Bell st Level crossing removals were first revealed ? Why was it only via the media (with no feedback available) that residents learnt about the decision for Skyrail being implemented? There is something very suspicious going on! The only reason you won't tell us about future plans is because you have nefarious plans ! Will the Miller St tram overpass be removed? Why not ? With Skyrail, it is not needed ! Why not move Thornbury station to Normanby Ave for better bus connections? We residents are being kept in the dark and only fed carefully managed dribs and drabs so that we can't know the full picture. Why is the council (at least all the Labor members) entirely aware of the all the plans for the Skyrail and have their own plans based on this ready to go. Why won't you come out and admit that there will be NO substantial open space, cycling/walking paths our anything beneficial to residents. You are simply creating more land for car parking to benefit the private redevelopment of the Preston market into private residences and as such will lose a significant number of public car parking spaces. You are liars and cheats and frauds. You are stealing our amenity by pretending there are no other options. You are conducting sham consultation processes to give lip service to the term. You don't want us to know the truth until it's too late. Admit it !

    AroundPreston asked 4 months ago

    Hi AroundPreston, thank you for contacting us. 

    In late 2016, the community was invited to consult on various design options for removing the level crossing at Bell Street, all within the constraints of the project. During this consultation, the community highlighted the need for improved station precincts, better and safer connections, and more community open spaces. 

    In October 2018, the government announced plans to prioritise the removal of the level crossings at Oakover Road, Murray Road and Cramer Street in Preston as part of the additional 25 level crossings. The addition of three more level crossings significantly changed the scope of our project, requiring us to develop new plans and carry out more engagement, all of which lengthened our planning phase for the project. 

    In May 2019, it was announced that these level crossings would be removed at the same time as the Bell Street level crossing by raising the rail over the road. This announcement was published on our website and closely followed by extensive letterbox drops to properties in the local area. 

    The Miller Street pedestrian and tramway bridge is heritage listed and will be carefully considered as the project progresses. Thornbury Station and bus connections on Normanby Avenue are outside the scope of the project. However, our works to the north of Thornbury Station will not preclude improvements being made to this section of the rail corridor in the future. 

    Members of our project team have recently been out in the Preston community at train stations and in local shops, listening to local views about the project. You can also share your ideas for the local area until Friday 13 December on our online engagement hub.

    Next year there will be further opportunities for the community to provide feedback on aspects of the design. Additionally, we will open nominations for a community advisory panel, providing locals with the opportunity to directly contribute to the design of the open space areas under the 2km rail bridge which may be used for more parkland or new walking cycling paths. 

    Thank you again for taking the time to write us. If you haven’t already, you can sign up for regular project updates via email at https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/contact/subscribe

  • I am on the committee of the Preston Cricket Club who occupy Preston city Oval during the summer. We would like to know how we will be impacted, in particular, what will be happening to the Preston City Oval, it's car park area and practice facilities during construction. Is it possible to chat with someone personally if we miss the roaming officials seeking community feedback? In addition to being directly impacted, we have also spent extensive time in Preston and will have good opinions on the way forward. Cheers Stephen Wilson

    Stephen Wilson asked 4 months ago

    Hi Stephen, thank you for contacting us. 

    We are still in the planning phase for the Preston project and the construction details for the project are yet to be finalised. We recognise the Preston City Oval may be directly impacted by the project and the team will be in touch in the new year to organise a meeting to better understand your needs and provide more information about the project. More information will be available as the design and construction details are finalised next year. 

    Thank you again for taking the time to write to us. If you haven’t already, you can sign up for project updates via email on our website.

  • Did I miss something: where is the PSA? And I was only able to comment on Bell St, what about specific comments on Oakover and Cramer?

    Ken Thornton asked 4 months ago

    Hi Ken, thanks for getting in touch. 

    The Preston PSA for the level crossings at Murray Road, Cramer Street, Bell Street and Oakover Road is available here: https://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/preston 

    There are multiple opportunities available on the PSA and feedback form to leave your feedback on the level crossings at Oakover Road, Bell Street, Cramer Street and Murray Road in Preston, as well as the new Bell Station and Preston Station precincts. 

    Submissions may relate to any aspect of the Preston Level Crossing Removal Project.

    We hope this helps.