New station and rail bridge for north Melbourne

The boom gates down at Keon Parade
The boom gates down at Keon Parade. Image courtesy of the Victorian Government.

A brand-new station and elevated rail bridge will be built at Keon Parade, removing the dangerous and congested level crossing and boosting safety in Melbourne’s north.

Removing the Keon Parade level crossing will also cut travel time to the M80 Ring Road and pave the way for more trains services on the Mernda line.

Keon Parade’s boom gates are down for up to 41 minutes during the morning peak, causing significant traffic delays for the 18,000 vehicles that use the crossing each day. Since 2012 there have been 24 near misses and one crash recorded at the Keon Parade level crossing.

An early precinct plan has been released with a 750m elevated rail bridge to take trains over the road and a new Keon Park Station moved to the south side of Keon Parade, delivering safer connections to shops, public transport and local neighbourhoods.

The modern station will have a central elevated island platform accessible via lifts and stairs, with improved shelter, CCTV cameras and better lighting to bolster safety. The station will provide safer access for Reservoir and Thomastown residents with new local connections, including a new pedestrian crossing across High Street at Hughes Parade.

Over the coming months, crews will conduct site investigations ahead of early works, which will start at the end of the year. Major construction is scheduled to begin next year, with the station open and level crossing gone in 2025.

Reservoir and Thomastown residents are able to provide feedback on what they enjoy about the area, and how they move around the station precinct before Monday 25 April.

 

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