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Following the recent proposed design of the new Bell Station by the State Government as part of the Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP), Council is considering changes to the traffic movement in the Bell Station Precinct.

Council is now seeking community views on options for changes to the local traffic arrangements to prioritise safety for children, pedestrians and cyclists.

What is the Bell Station Precinct project about?

In October 2020, the State Government under the Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) released a factsheet for the new Bell station area showing that the commuter carpark would be accessed via local roads to the east of the Station.

The proposed State Government designs that were released are not the one Council has been advocating for as the proposed designs of the Bell Station precinct would change the current traffic movements towards the station carpark and negatively impact the local streets, including Railway Place East, Adeline, Esther, Gertrude and Garnet Streets.

Many community members have contacted Council to ask if there is anything Council can do to maintain the local character of the precinct.

What’s happened so far?

Officers have assessed the State Government’s station designs and new open space concepts that have been publicly released. Council has assessed how well they achieve Council’s objectives outlined in ‘Preston Reconnected’. There are several proposed design elements that do not meet Council’s objectives.

The most significant of these is the location of the commuter car park at Bell Station and the proposed access location.

Council continues to call for the Bell Station car park to be relocated to the west of the train line entirely and the space that it is currently proposed for be used as open space. Moving the access to the car park to the west, rather than the car park itself, would also be a significant improvement compared to the current design.

This area of the corridor is affected by intersections with major roads, tram routes and train lines, and has high levels of local walking and cycling activity by a range of people of all ages and abilities moving between homes, public transport, local business and schools.

What’s happening now?

We are seeking community feedback about changing the way the local roads operate, including closing local roads for the area bounded by Bell Street and Oakover Road (North/South) and Railway Place East and High Street (West/East).

We want to understand needs, views and ideas from residents and local businesses.

Three options have been proposed by Council’s transport specialists to help you imagine what changes might be like. Three options have been provided so community can tell us about pros and cons. They are all designed to retain the local feel and function of the streets. We also welcome other ideas about how to create safe, quiet local streets in this area.

Find out more about the three options and tell us what you think by:

Your time and feedback will help us really understand the best solution considering how locals move and connect in the area.

Please provide your feedback by 12 February 2021.

If you have any queries about this project, you can email major.projects@darebin.vic.gov.au or call 8470 8888 and ask to speak to Quentin Mercier, Coordinator Major Projects.

If you would like to speak to someone in your preferred language about the Bell Station Precinct, please contact us or call 8470 8470 to be connected to a Language Aide or an interpreter.

How can I register for a drop-in session?

Our team will run 6 sessions of 30 minutes each split across two different days:

  • 27 January 2021: sessions at 6:30pm, 7:00pm and 7:30pm.
  • 04 February 2021: sessions at 10:30am, 11:00am and 11:30am.

Please note that due to COVID19 restrictions, each session allows for 5 people only. If you wish to join us in one of the sessions, please contact us by email major.projects@darebin.vic.gov.au with your contact details and preferred date of attendance.

Our team will then contact you to confirm the details closer to the day of the session.

What will happen after community feedback?

The State Government via the LXRP will make the decision about the location of access to Bell station, therefore Council will compile community feedback and concerns and share it with LXRP and the State Government.

Council’s urban design and transport experts will consider the community feedback and assess the site constraints. They will need to do some investigation to check feasibility. Community feedback and technical advice will be reported to a meeting of Councilors, who will consider a decision about local road closures.

If Council decides to progress with any local road closures, next steps may include detailed technical investigations or a trial. Detailed investigation will still be necessary, and it is possible that some things are found not to be feasible.


Following the recent proposed design of the new Bell Station by the State Government as part of the Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP), Council is considering changes to the traffic movement in the Bell Station Precinct.

Council is now seeking community views on options for changes to the local traffic arrangements to prioritise safety for children, pedestrians and cyclists.

What is the Bell Station Precinct project about?

In October 2020, the State Government under the Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) released a factsheet for the new Bell station area showing that the commuter carpark would be accessed via local roads to the east of the Station.

The proposed State Government designs that were released are not the one Council has been advocating for as the proposed designs of the Bell Station precinct would change the current traffic movements towards the station carpark and negatively impact the local streets, including Railway Place East, Adeline, Esther, Gertrude and Garnet Streets.

Many community members have contacted Council to ask if there is anything Council can do to maintain the local character of the precinct.

What’s happened so far?

Officers have assessed the State Government’s station designs and new open space concepts that have been publicly released. Council has assessed how well they achieve Council’s objectives outlined in ‘Preston Reconnected’. There are several proposed design elements that do not meet Council’s objectives.

The most significant of these is the location of the commuter car park at Bell Station and the proposed access location.

Council continues to call for the Bell Station car park to be relocated to the west of the train line entirely and the space that it is currently proposed for be used as open space. Moving the access to the car park to the west, rather than the car park itself, would also be a significant improvement compared to the current design.

This area of the corridor is affected by intersections with major roads, tram routes and train lines, and has high levels of local walking and cycling activity by a range of people of all ages and abilities moving between homes, public transport, local business and schools.

What’s happening now?

We are seeking community feedback about changing the way the local roads operate, including closing local roads for the area bounded by Bell Street and Oakover Road (North/South) and Railway Place East and High Street (West/East).

We want to understand needs, views and ideas from residents and local businesses.

Three options have been proposed by Council’s transport specialists to help you imagine what changes might be like. Three options have been provided so community can tell us about pros and cons. They are all designed to retain the local feel and function of the streets. We also welcome other ideas about how to create safe, quiet local streets in this area.

Find out more about the three options and tell us what you think by:

Your time and feedback will help us really understand the best solution considering how locals move and connect in the area.

Please provide your feedback by 12 February 2021.

If you have any queries about this project, you can email major.projects@darebin.vic.gov.au or call 8470 8888 and ask to speak to Quentin Mercier, Coordinator Major Projects.

If you would like to speak to someone in your preferred language about the Bell Station Precinct, please contact us or call 8470 8470 to be connected to a Language Aide or an interpreter.

How can I register for a drop-in session?

Our team will run 6 sessions of 30 minutes each split across two different days:

  • 27 January 2021: sessions at 6:30pm, 7:00pm and 7:30pm.
  • 04 February 2021: sessions at 10:30am, 11:00am and 11:30am.

Please note that due to COVID19 restrictions, each session allows for 5 people only. If you wish to join us in one of the sessions, please contact us by email major.projects@darebin.vic.gov.au with your contact details and preferred date of attendance.

Our team will then contact you to confirm the details closer to the day of the session.

What will happen after community feedback?

The State Government via the LXRP will make the decision about the location of access to Bell station, therefore Council will compile community feedback and concerns and share it with LXRP and the State Government.

Council’s urban design and transport experts will consider the community feedback and assess the site constraints. They will need to do some investigation to check feasibility. Community feedback and technical advice will be reported to a meeting of Councilors, who will consider a decision about local road closures.

If Council decides to progress with any local road closures, next steps may include detailed technical investigations or a trial. Detailed investigation will still be necessary, and it is possible that some things are found not to be feasible.