The Ferguson Street level crossing is used by 22,000 vehicles daily and is a major safety hazard for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers in the area. This level crossing has been the site of tragedy, with two pedestrian fatalities and one serious incident involving a cyclist.
Removing the crossing at this site will enable safer travel for the many pedestrians, cyclists and drivers that use the crossing in their daily commute, including many school aged children travelling to and from school.
Removal of the Ferguson Street, Williamstown North level crossing is in the early planning stage. The level crossing will be removed as part of a package of works that will remove six level crossings across Melbourne's west.
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 Ferguson Street, Williamstown project progresses.
We have invited two shortlisted consortiums, one comprising Coleman Rail, Seymour Whyte and Arcadis and the other McConnell Dowell Constructors, Arup and Mott MacDonald, to submit tenders for the initial western package projects. The successful consortium is expected to be announced early 2017.
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:
- Create a safer network for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers that use the crossing each day
- Provide a safer environment for the many school aged children that use the Williamstown north train station
- Lead to a more integrated and efficient transport hub
- Connect communities either side of the line
- Ease traffic congestion around the level crossing
- 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 Ferguson Street level crossing removal is currently scheduled to be removed between 2019 and 2022. Specific delivery timeframes 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 Ferguson Street and surrounding streets. Access to local residences and businesses will be maintained at all times.