Brunswick LXR announced, Time for community to organise

The removal of 8 Level Crossings in Brunswick has been announced by the Andrews Government. It is time to start organising for what we want as a community from this project.

Meeting: Brunswick SkyRail – let’s get organised

When: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2022 AT 3 PM – 4:30 PM

Where: Location to be confirmed

Facebook event:

The Andrews Labor Government has committed to removing these level crossings on the Upfield Line by 2027.

  • Albert Street, Brunswick
  • Albion Street, Brunswick
  • Brunswick Road, Brunswick
  • Dawson Street, Brunswick
  • Hope Street, Brunswick
  • Union Street, Brunswick
  • Victoria Street, Brunswick
  • Park Street, Parkville

Experience at Camp Road at Campbellfield and the Bell to Moreland Level Crossing removal has highlighted that community needs to get organised to demand input into the design features of the level crossing removal.

We know LXRP use tick the box one on one comnsultancy and engagement with the local community which tries to minimise any organised community imput.

It is also likely designs are already prepared and LXRP will only adjust what they do in a minor way, around the edges.

What we do and say as a community will be important.

While level crossing removals can bring benefits, like improved public transport, new open space, walking and cycling paths, these are by no means guaranteed.

Merri-bek locals witnessed first-hand the unnecessary destruction the state government inflicted as part of the Coburg Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP), as they tore down heritage buildings and mature trees with impunity.

The community had simple, low-cost solutions to many of the design challenges, like saving the historic Gandolfo Gardens from destruction. We were completely ignored.

The state government will likely announce a series of ‘consultation’ processes soon. If the Coburg LXRP experience is anything to go by, these consultations will be a total sham, with designs stitched up well before the process even begins.

Level crossings that have gone through suburbs without organised community campaigns cop the cheap and nasty version of SkyRail, with zero real consultation. If we want the best outcomes for our community, we’ll need to get loud and organised.

Come along to this community meeting to share your concerns and ideas.

Further details, including venue, to be confirmed soon.

Topics to get the conversation started:

  • Retaining trees and heritage (esp around Jewell Station)
  • Upfield Line duplication
  • Accessibility
  • Noise and disruption to locals
  • Separated bike and walking paths

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