Level Crossing Removals: Getting the best outcomes for our community!
The state government has nominated 3 level crossings for removal on the Upfield Line - Moreland Road (Brunswick/Coburg), Bell Street (Coburg) and Camp Road (Campbellfield). Though these are currently out to tender and unlikely to begin construction before late 2018, now is the time for the Moreland community to discuss what we want from these crossing removals. What are the likely options? How can we get better stations; improved public open spaces; better connections between buses and trains; better cycling and walking; easier travel from east to west across the Upfield line?.
Local Moreland residents and academics, Dr John Stone from Melbourne University and Dr Ian Woodcock from RMIT, have been researching better station design and integration of public transport since 2012. Their work includes the recent RailUP! report (that explored potential designs for the Upfield Line), The Benefits of Level Crossing Removals (a history of the last century of level crossing removals in Melbourne), and Transit for All (9 case studies for better stations in 2013-14 that included Moreland Station).
Ian and John will present their findings on the benefits of elevated rail and discuss good urban design principles for rebuilding stations and railways for the 21st century.
The purpose of the event is to provide a place for the Moreland community to start a conversation about what we want from this once-in-lifetime project. Let’s not leave it to the engineers to decide the future of the Upfield Line.
Numbers are limited however if we have signficant interest we will look to hold a similar event in the new year.