Inner Armadale Line Level Crossing Removals

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The ding, ding, ding of level crossings along the Armadale Line is the sound of a safety risk and congestion point on the local road network.

As more trains start running in the future, boom gates will be down more often, increasing congestion around the crossing, and sharpening our focus on community safety and ease of movement.

To address these concerns, the METRONET Level Crossing Removal project will remove up to six vehicle level crossings on the Inner Armadale Line.

Removing the Mint Street, Oats Street, Welshpool Road, Hamilton Street, Wharf Street and William Street level crossings is an opportunity to improve road safety, ease movements in the area, modernise stations and create versatile public spaces for the community.


Following extensive early planning and seeing the success of similar projects in the eastern states, the current preferred solution is to elevate the rail for up to five of these crossings, except at Hamilton Street, where land on either side of the railway has been reserved.

The elevated solutions preferred for this project will result in Carlisle, Oats Street, Beckenham and potentially Queens Park stations being rebuilt. Due to low patronage, Welshpool Station will close, and the new Oats Street Station will service the Welshpool area. Two options for removing the Wharf Street level crossing were initially put forward, elevating the rail or closing the crossing.

Based on initial stakeholder feedback on the Wharf Street options, an additional option is now being considered which would see elevated rail at both Hamilton Street and Wharf Street, including rebuilding Queens Park Station. The option to close the Wharf Street level crossing is not preferred.

To help inform project planning as it continues, we want to know what you think we should consider. Your valuable feedback will be provided to the design team and the two Community Reference Groups.

For more information on the project visit our website.

The survey and community reference group nominations has now closed. We will announce details of the survey and Community Reference Group members by the end of August. The team is also holding community drop-in sessions on August 15 and 22, more details can be found in 'Key Dates'.

The ding, ding, ding of level crossings along the Armadale Line is the sound of a safety risk and congestion point on the local road network.

As more trains start running in the future, boom gates will be down more often, increasing congestion around the crossing, and sharpening our focus on community safety and ease of movement.

To address these concerns, the METRONET Level Crossing Removal project will remove up to six vehicle level crossings on the Inner Armadale Line.

Removing the Mint Street, Oats Street, Welshpool Road, Hamilton Street, Wharf Street and William Street level crossings is an opportunity to improve road safety, ease movements in the area, modernise stations and create versatile public spaces for the community.


Following extensive early planning and seeing the success of similar projects in the eastern states, the current preferred solution is to elevate the rail for up to five of these crossings, except at Hamilton Street, where land on either side of the railway has been reserved.

The elevated solutions preferred for this project will result in Carlisle, Oats Street, Beckenham and potentially Queens Park stations being rebuilt. Due to low patronage, Welshpool Station will close, and the new Oats Street Station will service the Welshpool area. Two options for removing the Wharf Street level crossing were initially put forward, elevating the rail or closing the crossing.

Based on initial stakeholder feedback on the Wharf Street options, an additional option is now being considered which would see elevated rail at both Hamilton Street and Wharf Street, including rebuilding Queens Park Station. The option to close the Wharf Street level crossing is not preferred.

To help inform project planning as it continues, we want to know what you think we should consider. Your valuable feedback will be provided to the design team and the two Community Reference Groups.

For more information on the project visit our website.

The survey and community reference group nominations has now closed. We will announce details of the survey and Community Reference Group members by the end of August. The team is also holding community drop-in sessions on August 15 and 22, more details can be found in 'Key Dates'.

  • Survey captures community sentiment

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    The easing of congestion, saving time and increased safety are what excites the community most when it comes to the removal of up to six level crossings on the Inner Armadale Line.

    Those level crossings are Mint Street, Oats Street, Welshpool Road, Hamilton Street, Wharf Street and William Street.

    Almost 500 people took the opportunity to complete our survey that aimed to find out how the community uses the crossings and stations within the project area and what they thought we should consider for the new stations and public spaces.

    The addition of retail spaces near the stations, the provision of food and beverage outlet, the inclusion of open station plazas and bicycle parking connections to the local path network also ranked highly when it came to what the community considered to be the most important things that needed to be considered for the station upgrades.

    Oats Street level crossing and Oats Street Station emerged as the most used over the last 12 months by our survey participants.

    When it came to opportunities the project could provide, the community suggested:

    • increasing safety
    • improving station accessibility
    • increasing shelter at stations

    Noise levels was one of the community’s main concerns raised in the survey. Early noise modelling suggests noise levels from train operations will reduce simply by elevating the rail, with no other reduction measures put in place. More modelling will be completed as the design progresses, with the project team expecting to share more information in the community on this important issue in the coming months.

    In addition to the survey, the project team has engaged with over 250 local residents at two online information sessions and two community drop-in sessions.

    Two Community Reference Groups (CRGs) have also recently been formed. A total of 96 applications were received with 20 members, that represented a broad cross-section of the community including residents, business owners and community group representatives, chosen.

    Going forward the CRGs will represent the interests and views of the community and will help the project team identify local opportunities, issues and concerns. As the project progresses the team will continue to engage with the wider community via online information sessions, community drop-in sessions, surveys and community events.

    A summary of the results is available to read in our fact sheet.

  • Community Reference Group members chosen

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    01 Sep 2020
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    Two Community Reference Groups (CRGs) have been established to help inform the concept design for up to six level crossing removals as part of the Inner Armadale Level Crossing Removal project.

    Removing the level crossings at Mint Street, Oats Street, Welshpool Road, Hamilton Street, Wharf Street and William Street will improve safety, create more connections, ease movements in the area, revitalise the corridor, modernise stations and create versatile public spaces for the community.

    The ‘North’ group will cover Oats Street, Mint Street and Welshpool Road and the ‘South’ group will cover Wharf, Hamilton and William Streets. The CRGs will represent the interests and views of the community and will help the project team identify local opportunities, issues and concerns and share project information with the wider community

    Nearly 100 people applied to be a part of the CRGs with 20 being chosen – 10 for each group – that represented a broad cross-section of the community including residents, business owners and community group representatives.

    The North CRG members are:

    Philippe Cloatre, Celene Bridge, Toby Hawes, Heather Johnstone, Elizabeth Kane, Sjaan Ketting, Michael Mulholland, Michelle Olaithe, Dino Ronchi and Lynne Wajon.

    The South CRG members are:

    Ryan Baker, Annette Bryant, Ashlee Campbell, Scott Caporn, Simon Harvey, Penny Haynes, Zel Iscel, James McElvaney, Francis Smith and Carolyn Wall.

    Meetings will start in early September and minutes will be published on the Inner Armadale Line Level Crossing Removals project page.

  • Community drop-in sessions

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    01 Sep 2020
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    Now that we can get out into the community, we are holding two community drop-in sessions for the Inner Armadale Line Level Crossing Removals. This will give you a chance to speak face-to-face to the project team to find out more about the project and ask any questions you may have.

    The project will remove up to six vehicle level crossings on the Armadale Line, at Mint Street, Oats Street, Welshpool Road, Hamilton Street, Wharf Street and William Street.

    Elevated rail is the preferred option for removing these crossings, except at Hamilton Street where there is also an option for a road over rail solution.

    Registration for these sessions is essential and there are three 45-minute time slots to choose from on each day. See 'Key Dates' for event information and links to register.


  • Thanks for taking part and next steps

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    03 Aug 2020
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    Thanks to the 486 community members who completed our survey about how they use the level crossings and any opportunities/challenges they may see. This survey is now closed and details will be shared by the end of August.

    In July 2020, two online information sessions were held and attended by 148 people with 150 questions submitted across the sessions. All question and answers can be downloaded below:

  • Stakeholder feedback informs a new option for Wharf Street Level Crossing Removal

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    03 Aug 2020
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    In June it was announced elevated rail is the preferred option for removing level crossings along the Inner Armadale Line.

    The program of works will remove up to six level crossings between Carlisle and Beckenham and improve safety, create more connections, ease movements in the area, revitalise the corridor, modernise stations and create versatile public spaces for the community.

    Two options were initially put forward for the Wharf Street level crossing removal, elevating the rail or closing the crossing.

    Based on initial stakeholder feedback on these options, a third option is now being considered for removing the Wharf Street crossing which would see elevated rail at both Hamilton Street and Wharf Street, including rebuilding Queens Park Station. The option to close Wharf Street level crossing is not preferred.


    In all three options, elevated rail is preferred for the William Street level crossing removal including rebuilding Beckenham Station.

    Significant elements of this project are yet to be confirmed, such as additional connections, potential uses for the spaces under the rail and overall project design, including landscaping and public art and we encourage you to let us know what you think we should consider and help inform project planning as it continues.



  • About the project

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    16 Jun 2020
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    The METRONET Level Crossing Removal Project will remove up to seven level crossings on the Armadale Line.

    Works are underway on the Denny Avenue level crossing, and planning has commenced for the removal of the crossings at Mint Street, Oats Street, Welshpool Road, Hamilton Street, Wharf Street and William Street.

    Removing these level crossings brings several community benefits, including improving road safety, modernising stations and facilities, creating versatile public spaces and easing movements through the area.

    Early planning and success of similar projects in the eastern states has led to the preferred solution to elevate the rail for up to five of these crossings, with a road over rail solution at Hamilton Street.

    Find out more about the project by watching our short video.

  • Examples from the east

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    16 Jun 2020
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    Level crossing removal projects in the eastern states have resulted in successful outcomes for local communities, such as a new linear park created as part of Melbourne’s Caulfield to Dandenong elevated rail project.

    Amongst other benefits, these projects have created new public spaces for the community and improved pedestrian and vehicle access.

    Below are some examples of what has been achieved in Melbourne as part of their Level Crossing Removal Project.

    Images are courtesy of the Level Crossing Removal Project.


  • Hear from the project team

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    16 Jun 2020
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    As part of our planning, we want to hear your thoughts and feedback on the level crossing removals.

    Along with the online survey, we’re also holding two online community sessions where you can find out more about the project and ask questions directly to our project team.

    1. Oats Street, Mint Street and Welshpool Road
      Thursday 2 July 2020
      6.30pm-8pm
      Register at: level-crossing-oats.eventbrite.com.au
    2. Wharf, Hamilton and William Streets
      Thursday 9 July 2020
      6.30pm-8pm
      Register at: level-crossing-wharf.eventbrite.com.au

    Registrations for the sessions are essential, more information on the session and the link to join will be provided after registration.