Aviation Road is a highly used local road that connects Laverton and Point Cook to the Princes Freeway and provides access to the nearby train stations.
The Aviation Road level crossing is used by 7000 vehicles daily and is a key point for local traffic to cross the Werribee line. The boom gates create a significant source of delay and congestion for commuter traffic in the Laverton area, bringing traffic to a standstill for up to 43 minutes during the morning peak.
A contract to remove six level crossings, including Aviation Road, has been awarded.
Activate, a consortium including McConnell Dowell, Arup, and Mott MacDonald, will initially deliver the Kororoit Creek level crossing removal project and duplication of the Altona Loop. They will then have the opportunity to deliver the Ferguson Street level crossing removal project and four more across Melbourne.
Removal of the Aviation Road, Laverton level crossing is in the early planning stage. Community consultation is a critical part of the Level Crossing Removal Project's process for selecting a design and there will be numerous opportunities to get involved as the Aviation Road, Laverton project progresses.
The western package of works will start at Kororoit Creek Road in Williamstown North with the opportunity to deliver further works including Abbotts Road in Dandenong South, Aviation Road in Laverton, Ferguson Street in Williamstown, and Cherry and Werribee Streets in Werribee.
The level crossing removals will be delivered progressively to help industry build and maintain skilled workforces, with successful bidders required to meet strict performance measures in order to remove the other crossings in their packages of works.
We are calling for anyone interested in the removal of this level crossing to register their interest to receive project updates and notifications of upcoming events.
Community consultation will commence in 2017. There will be a number of opportunities to get involved and provide feedback as the project progresses.
Local residents, businesses and other stakeholders will be kept up to date through community updates via letterbox drops, information sessions, local newspaper advertising, information at train stations, social media, email updates and website updates.
What benefits will there be from removing the level crossing?
Removing the level crossing will:
- Help to reduce congestion on Aviation and Point Cook roads by improving traffic flow
- Provide a safer crossing point for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers travelling across the Werribee line
- Create jobs during construction
- Allow for increased train services to run on the Werribee line in the future.
How do we decide on a design option?
The selection of a design option to remove a level crossing depends on the unique characteristics of each site, the benefits and impacts to the local community of the various options and input from the local community and stakeholders, such as local council, residents and businesses.
When will the community get a say?
Community consultation is a critical part of the Level Crossing Removal Project and will help inform the development of the design options.
We are in the early planning stage of the project and there will be numerous opportunities to get involved and provide feedback as the project progresses.
When will the crossing be removed?
The Aviation Road level crossing removal is currently scheduled to be removed between 2019 and 2022. Specific delivery time frames will be confirmed once consultation has been completed and the final option has been chosen.
What impact will site investigation work have on the local area?
All of the early site investigations work will be carried out during the day and is unlikely to be disruptive to the local community, though some work may require minor disruptions to traffic on Point Cook Road, Triholm Avenue, Aviation Road, Maher Road and surrounding streets. Access to local residences and businesses will be maintained at all times.