Cherry Street is a local road that is used by 20,000 vehicles daily as a key crossing point in Melbourne’s west connecting the large residential area north of the Werribee line with the major activity centre and Princes Freeway south of the line.
The level crossing is a significant safety hazard and a source of delay and congestion for the local community. Vehicles are often at a standstill with boom gates down for up to 27 minutes during the morning peak.
A contract to remove six level crossings, including Cherry Street, 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 Cherry Street, Werribee 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 Cherry Street, Werribee 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:
- Provide better connections between communities north and south of the Werribee line
- Help to reduce congestion in the Werribee area by improving traffic flow
- Provide a safer crossing point for pedestrian, cyclists and drivers travelling across the Werribee line
- Create jobs during construction.
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 Werribee Street level crossing removal is currently scheduled to be removed between 2018 and 2022. Specific delivery timeframes will be confirmed once consultation has been completed and the final option has been chosen.