Four level crossings along Victoria’s Upfield line will soon be removed and 2.5 kilometres of parkland and open space delivered as designs are released for the removal of level crossings between Coburg and Brunswick.
“We promised to slash congestion and make these communities safer by removing these level crossings - we’re doing that, and creating kilometres of new parklands and open space at the same time,” Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said.
The design for the removal of level crossings between Bell Street in Coburg and Moreland Road in Brunswick will feature a rail bridge that will, in addition to relieving congestion and improving safety, create a large green and open space almost twice the size of MCG for locals to enjoy.
The new Moreland Station precinct included in this project will feature barbeque facilities as well as a nature playground, extensive planting and landscaped gardens.
Along the 2.5-kilometres new green and open space, some ideas are being considered including a dog park, playgrounds and public art space.
This project will also have three times as many trees planted along with upgrades to the Upfield Bike Path that will have separate pedestrian and cycling paths on each side of the open space.
The rail bridge that will replace four level crossings will begin ascending near Tinning Street in Brunswick and will descend to ground level south of O’Hea Street in Coburg.
“These designs are the product of extensive community consultation and will not only remove these four dangerous level crossings - they’ll create new parks, paths and gardens in the heart of Coburg and Brunswick,” Ms Allan said.
Both existing stations at Coburg and Moreland have already been listen on the Victorian Heritage Register. The two station buildings will be retained at their current location and will be integrated into the new station precincts.
Construction on this project is anticipated to commence later this year, with all level crossing permanently gone by 2020 and the open spaces ready for public enjoyment by 2021.
“I thank everyone for their feedback and contribution to the project. The community said they wanted these level crossings gone, better walking and cycling connections, and more open space - that’s what we’re delivering,” Member for Pascoe Vale Lizzie Blandthorn said.
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