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'.

  • Thanks for taking part and next steps

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    9 days ago

    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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    9 days ago

    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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    about 2 months ago

    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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    about 2 months ago

    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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    about 2 months ago

    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.