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Level crossing removals in Moreland

On behalf of the Victorian Government, the Level Crossing Removal Project is removing 75 level crossings across Melbourne by 2025.

As part of the State Government’s Level Crossing Removal Project, five level crossings in the City of Moreland on the Upfield and Craigieburn lines are targeted for removal.

Level Crossing removals are funded and delivered by the State Government and its agency the Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP). See below for further information.

  • Bell to Moreland questions and answers: Bell to Moreland - Level Crossing Removal Project website

    Any of the following issues relating to the Level Crossing Removal works should be reported directly to the LXRP on 1800 105 105 or email contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au

    • Noise and disruptions
    • Landscaping and dying trees
    • Swale drainage, inundation of water and other drainage issues
    • Dog Park
    • Bicycle paths, foorpaths and playgrounds
    • Active spaces including basketball courts and skate park
    • Graffiti
    • Moreland Heritage Station public toilets
    • Art installations.

    Moreland City Council are undertaking waste collection within the rail corridor. Any waste issues should be reported to our Customer Service team. Call us on 9240 1111 or contact us online.

    Glenroy Road questions and answers: Glenroy Road - Level Crossing Removal Project website

    • Noise and disruptions

    For more information use the following contact details.

  • Any noise or disruptions issues relating to the Level Crossing Removal works should be reported directly to the LXRP on 1800 105 105 or email contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au

    For service disruption updates visit the Level Crossings disruptions page.

    Plan your travel on public transport using the PTV Journey Planner.

  • The following level crossings are being removed on the Upfield line.

    Bell to Moreland:

    The Bell to Moreland level crossings will be replaced by a rail over road design.

    The following level crossings are being removed on the Craigieburn line.

    Glenroy:

    Level crossing at Glenroy Road will be removed by lowering the rail line under the road into an open trench.

  • As a key stakeholder, but not the project owner, we are not responsible for the planning or delivery of the level crossing removals.

    We continue to advocate to the Level Crossing Removal Project for the best outcomes for our community and city.

    We welcome the removal of level crossings in Moreland and wants to the projects to be well-planned, delivered to the highest quality, and constructed with the minimum amount of disruption.

  • On behalf of the Victorian Government, the Level Crossing Removal Project have removed the level crossings at Bell Street, Munro Street and Reynard Street in Coburg, and Moreland Road in Brunswick by raising the rail line over the road.

    The rail over road design will deliver new community open spaces, improved east–west connections and improvements to the Upfield Bike Path.  The four level crossings were removed all at the same time to minimise disruption to the community.

    Two new stations were built at Coburg and Moreland in 2020, while retaining and repurposing the existing heritage-listed station buildings.

    Removing these level crossings will improve congestion for vehicles that pass through the crossing’s each day as well as significantly improving safety for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. 

    Construction for this project commenced in 2019, the boom gates were removed in 2020 and the project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2021.

    Bell to Moreland Project Timeline

    2018

    • Site investigations

    Mid 2018

    • Community information sessions

    Late 2018

    • Announcement of Reynard and Munro Street removal

    Mid 2019

    • Community Information Sessions to gather ideas on what the community want to see in the open space underneath the new elevated rail line along the corridor
    • New Moreland and Coburg station designs revealed
    • Design development on the rail under road solution

    2019

    • Open Space designs released
    • Community Information Sessions, as well as the collection of more feedback via online and in person
    • Contract signed for Bell to Moreland level crossing removal

    Mid 2020

    • Construction taking place on the Bell to Moreland project

    Late 2020

    • Boom gates removed

    2021

    • Construction completes
  • On behalf of the Victorian Government, the Level Crossing Removal Project is removing the level crossing at Glenroy Road, Glenroy by lowering the rail line under the road. The project will also deliver a new Glenroy Station. 

    Removing this level crossing will improve congestion for vehicles that pass through the crossing each day as well as significantly improving safety for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.

    Glenroy Project Timeline

    2018

    • Site investigations

    2019

    • Community engagement on what's important to the Glenroy community
    • Design development on the rail under road solution

    Mid 2020

    • Further community engagement on key defined elements of the design

    Late 2020

    • Further community consultation
    • Finalise design
    • Works proposed to start

    2022

    • Level crossing removed 
  • Key Council advocacy requests

    • Ongoing consultation with the Moreland community and Council
    • Provide adequate funding, thought and focus to the newly created ‘left under’ spaces (for example, trees and landscaping, active and passive public spaces, management and maintenance)
    • Transform the Upfield shared path (width and landscape), including separation of bike and pedestrian paths
    • Incorporate extended pedestrian plazas at Coburg and Moreland Stations
    • Include 5 vehicle, bike and pedestrian crossings at Bell Street, Victoria Street, Munro Street, Reynard Street and Moreland Road
    • Transform existing Victoria Street underpass into a shared street for pedestrians, bikes and vehicles
    • Provide high quality rail channel viaducts, higher off ground (up to 7 metres high), allowing greater light penetration below and mitigating overlooking concerns
    • Retain the Munro Street, Coburg signal box, which has local heritage significance
    • Community consultation on the future of Gandolfo Gardens, including retention of as many trees as possible
    • Retain the Canoe Tree Memorial in Gandolfo Gardens

    Gandolfo Gardens

    • We advocated to the LXRP to actively engage with community and incorporate their ideas into future designs of the VicTrack owned Gandolfo Gardens, including preservation of vegetation and overall use of the space.
    • We advocated to LXRP to retain as many trees as possible in the VicTrack owned Gandolfo Gardens, and for it to stand by its commitment that no trees will be removed to create space for storage materials, and that trees will only be removed to enable the construction of the elevated rail structure.
    • We successfully advocated for the preservation of the Canoe Tree memorial in the VicTrack owned Gandolfo Gardens.

    Designs

    • Successful advocacy for elements of the long awaited Bell to Moreland project designs including:
      • Pedestrian plazas at Coburg and Moreland Stations
      • A separated bike and pedestrian path
      • Five vehicle, bike and pedestrian crossings
      • Nature-play community space
      • Preservation of heritage buildings at Coburg and Moreland stations.
    • Continued advocacy for improvements to the Bell to Moreland project designs including:
      • Inclusion of escalators at Coburg station or consideration to future proof for this important growth area
      • Separated bike and pedestrian paths around the stations to improve safety and commuter access and;
      • Further extensions to the Upfield shared path.

    Council Advocacy

    2020 February/March

    • Council investigated LXRP proposed cycling routes in response to community concerns regarding the closure of the Upfield Shared Path by the LXRP during the grade separation works between O'Hea and Tinning Streets.
    • Council thanked the Upfield Corridor Coalition for the considerable work they have done into the investigation of alternate cycling routes.
    • Council's investigation into the tree removal at Gandolfo Gardens by the LXRP has now concluded. Three trees have been removed in addition to those shown on plans submitted to Heritage Victoria. Further legal advice obtained by Council holds that the tree removal did not constitute an illegal act. Council is further exploring alternative compensative outcomes following the removal of the additional trees at Gandolfo Gardens.

    2019 December

    2019 October

    • Advocacy to Minister for Planning regarding concerns about change to submission process for proposed changes to the registration of the Upfield Railway Line Precinct in the Victorian Heritage Register. Media release issued.

    2019 August

    • Special Council meeting held on 22 August regarding LXRP’s permit application to Heritage Victoria to demolish the Munro Street signal box. Resolution to submit application to Heritage Victoria to oppose the demolition. Media release issued.
    • Advocacy regarding LXRP community consultation on Vic Track owned Gandolfo Gardens. Media release issued.

    2019 July/August

    • Formation of the LXRP Community Advocacy Group (CARG), comprising members of the community, local groups, the Mayor, Councillors and officers. The group meet regularly to progress advocacy effort focusing on enhanced project outcomes.
    • Council commits $30,000 for community advocacy actions.
    • Council helps facilitate a public meeting, which is set up and run by the Upfield Corridor Coalition community group.

    2019 July

    • Council writes to Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan and LXRP CEO Kevin Devlin expressing concern regarding the lack of consultation and seeking assurances regarding future community engagement.

    2019 June

      • Council expresses its disappointment at the lack of consultation by the LXRP on the station designs. Media release issued.

    2018 November

    • Council supports removal of four level crossings on the Upfield line.
    • Council requests LXRP conduct further community consultation on proposed designs.
    • Council advocates for a final design that incorporates best practice technologies to minimise noise and visual impact, creates new open spaces and improves links and pathways for pedestrians and cyclists.

    2018 July

    • Council advocates for Reynard and Munro Street crossings to be removed as part of the Bell and Moreland project.
    • Council’s advocacy position widely publicised including presence at the LXRP’s community consultation.

    2018 April

    • Advocacy position tailored to each design option (elevated or trench) that maximises place and community benefit no matter which option LXRP use.
    • Council seeks meeting with the Minister for Transport to present Council’s advocacy case and seek confirmation about LXRP’s community engagement program timing.
    • Council participates in LXRP’s community engagement to ensure Council’s position on both design options is made known to the community.

    2017 June

    • Council seeks independent technical feasibility assessment of elevated and trench design solutions.

    2017 February

    • Council endorsed a set of principles and place specific outcomes to guide Council's negotiations with the LXRP and State Government agencies, to achieve optimal outcomes for the community.

    2016/2017

    • Council advocates to LXRP for grade separation at Glenroy, Moreland and Coburg crossings.

    2015

    • Council advocates to LXRP for grade separation at Glenroy, Moreland and Coburg crossings
  • Learn more

    Level Crossing Removal Authority – learn more about the Victorian State Government level crossing removal project.

    Council meeting minutes

    See the Council meeting minutes.

Any noise or disruptions issues relating to the Level Crossing Removal works should be reported directly to the LXRP on 1800 105 105 or email contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au

You can learn more about the Victorian State Government level crossing removal project on the State Government's level crossing removal website.

Reynard Street, Pascoe Vale Substation 

Department of Transport (DoT) previously called Public Transport Victoria (PTV) are in the planning stages of building a new tram power substation in Pascoe Vale.

The substation will be designed to ensure it meets all relevant operating standards and guidelines, operates safely and has minimal impacts on the local community.

The substation is classified as a minor utility under the Victorian Planning Scheme and it does not require planning approval from council. We have advocated to protect the safety of its community in regards to PTV’s project.

  • In February 2019, we wrote to PTV to express community concern over the substation, and requested further details be provided to respond to these concerns.

    We requested further information on the following:

    • The likely output of electromagnetic fields (EMF) and further details of the substation transformer
    • Design features that would contain the possible EMF levels within formally recognised safe limits
    • Concept drawings of the proposed substation, including height, setback, boundaries, construction materials, external lighting, external air conditioning units, signage and points of access
    • A report prepared by an appropriately qualified practitioner that demonstrates the substation will not result in dangerous level of EMF in neighbouring dwellings and detail the appropriate legislation and regulations that guide EMF assessments and control measures
    • An undertaking to carry out EMF monitoring in and around nearby dwellings prior to construction following the commissioning of the submission
    • Details of likely noise to be created by air-conditioning and measures to mitigate noise impacts on neighbouring properties.

    In May 2019, we commissioned an independent, accredited expert to peer review the EMF reports prepared for DoT. We also wrote to the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) seeking guidance about safe buffer zones of substations from houses.

    In October/November 2019 over a 2 week period, DoT engaged with the local community to gain feedback via an online survey and a letter distribution. 84% of respondents supported 320 Reynard St, Pascoe Vale for the best location for the new substation.

    In January 2020, as a result of the community feedback and support DoT received, 320 Reynard Street is considered the preferred location for the new substation by DoT.

    In early 2020 DoT will start designing plans for the new substation, engaging the community during the process.

    Construction of the new building will be similar to small-scale residential building developments in the area.

  • This project is delivered and coordinated by the State Government Department of Transport (DoT) previously called Public Transport Victoria (PTV). We have advocated to protect the safety of its community in regards to DoT’s project. 

    If you have a question or would like further information about this project, you can contact Department of Transport via their website.

Advocacy letters

The purpose of advocacy is to promote or reinforce a change in policy, programme or legislation. Advocacy aims at winning support from others to promote and create a supportive environment.

We made a decision to make this information transparent to the public in the August 2020 Council meeting. 

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