In September 2022, the Victorian Government announced plans to remove 8 level crossings on the Upfield Rail Line between Park Street, Parkville and Albion Street, Brunswick by 2027.

An elevated train line, with new train stations, will replace the existing train line. This new elevated section of the Upfield Rail Line will connect with the Coburg-to-Moreland elevated section that was completed in 2021. Together they create over 4 kilometres of continuous elevated rail through the heart of the City of Merri-bek.

Level Crossing removals are funded and delivered by the State Government and its agency the Level Crossing Removal Project.

Five level crossings in the City of Merri-bek on the Upfield line and Craigieburn line have already been removed.

The further 8 level crossings to be removed on the Upfield Line – including a new elevated rail bridge from Moreland Road to Park St - include:

  • Park Street, Parkville
  • Brunswick Road, Brunswick
  • Union Street, Brunswick
  • Dawson Street, Brunswick
  • Albert Street, Brunswick
  • Victoria Street, Brunswick
  • Hope Street, Brunswick
  • Albion Street, Brunswick

What is Council's role?

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 (LXRP) for the best outcomes for our community and city.

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


What's happening at the moment?

At this stage, Council Officers are preparing a detailed discussion paper to guide and encourage community feedback.

Engagement activities around the issues and opportunities outlined in the discussion papers will help us to understand our communities’ needs and aspirations and allow us to prepare a strong case for what we want to see from this project.

We will be consulting with the community soon for input and ideas about the elevated rail through Brunswick and presenting an advocacy case to the LXRP to get the best outcomes for Council and the community. Community input will help paint a full picture of what we should be advocating for, and we strongly encourage you to get involved.

Council Officers expect to provide a further update to Merri-bek Council and the community in early December 2022.

Wider community consultation to further project designs will be conducted by the LXRP in early 2023, via Engage Victoria. This will include information on how to get involved, project timelines and what early investigations will be happening in your area.

Before then, the LXRP team will be talking to community groups about the project, this is planned to begin in December 2022.


Questions?

The best way to stay updated on the Upfield Line Level Crossing Removal Project is by subscribing to receive email updates about the Brunswick Level Crossings Removal.

We encourage you to contact the LXRP directly on 1800 105 105 or at contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au if you have any further queries.