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.


  • We intend to seek approval from the Minister for Planning allowing for use and development of land required to successfully deliver these improvements. The land is located within the road and rail corridor plus some additional land temporarily required for construction activities and access.

    To facilitate these works, we will seek planning approval under Clause 52.03 (Level Crossing Removal Projects) of the Darebin Planning Scheme. This new Victorian Planning Provision allows for level crossing projects be undertaken to the satisfaction of the Minister for Planning or other relevant authority.

    Consultation for the project was originally undertaken in December 2019. Since

    We intend to seek approval from the Minister for Planning allowing for use and development of land required to successfully deliver these improvements. The land is located within the road and rail corridor plus some additional land temporarily required for construction activities and access.

    To facilitate these works, we will seek planning approval under Clause 52.03 (Level Crossing Removal Projects) of the Darebin Planning Scheme. This new Victorian Planning Provision allows for level crossing projects be undertaken to the satisfaction of the Minister for Planning or other relevant authority.

    Consultation for the project was originally undertaken in December 2019. Since then, the project area has expanded north and south to reflect plans for additional rail improvements to the Mernda Line, generally comprising signal and electrical upgrades. The scope of core works has not changed.

    Make your submission by 5pm Sunday 12 April.

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    We’re removing the level crossings by raising the rail over Murray Road, Cramer Street, Bell Street and Oakover Road, Preston. Doing this will create new open spaces in Preston. 

    We want you to help shape your community space in Preston.

    The Preston Open Space Advisory Panel will comprise of community and stakeholders who represent the views and interests of:

    • Local residents
    • Special interest groups
    • Local traders

    Do you want to be part of this team? You could represent your community to help shape Preston’s newest open spaces

    We’re removing the level crossings by raising the rail over Murray Road, Cramer Street, Bell Street and Oakover Road, Preston. Doing this will create new open spaces in Preston. 

    We want you to help shape your community space in Preston.

    The Preston Open Space Advisory Panel will comprise of community and stakeholders who represent the views and interests of:

    • Local residents
    • Special interest groups
    • Local traders

    Do you want to be part of this team? You could represent your community to help shape Preston’s newest open spaces that can be used by everyone.

    Register your submission by 5pm Sunday 22 March.

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    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.

    As planning continues, we are seeking feedback from the community.

    We want to hear how you move around your neighbourhood, how you access and use public transport, and what you’d like to see in and

    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.

    As planning continues, we are seeking feedback from the community.

    We want to hear how you move around your neighbourhood, how you access and use public transport, and what you’d like to see in and around the new Bell and Preston station precincts.

    Your feedback will help shape the design.

    Feedback closes at 5:00pm Friday 13 December 2019.


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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Our early technical and engineering investigations have shown that raising the rail line over the road is the best solution for removing these level crossings. 

    Getting rid of these crossings will make it easier to get around the local area and improve east-west connections across busy arterial roads. 

    Raising the rail line over the road will also create new open and green spaces underneath the rail bridge and minimise disruption during construction. 

    To assist in facilitating the project, the Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) will request the Minister for Planning to make a change to the Darebin Planning Scheme. This

    Our early technical and engineering investigations have shown that raising the rail line over the road is the best solution for removing these level crossings. 

    Getting rid of these crossings will make it easier to get around the local area and improve east-west connections across busy arterial roads. 

    Raising the rail line over the road will also create new open and green spaces underneath the rail bridge and minimise disruption during construction. 

    To assist in facilitating the project, the Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) will request the Minister for Planning to make a change to the Darebin Planning Scheme. This is known as a Planning Scheme Amendment. 

    Your thoughts on the level crossing removals are important to us. We'll use your feedback to understand what the community's priorities are and what we need to consider as we develop the Planning Scheme Amendment documentation. 

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

    This includes design considerations, management or mitigation measures for any potential impacts, or any other matter relevant to the construction or operation of the project.

    Submissions close 5pm Friday 20 December 2019.

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