Kororoit Creek Road is used by 22,000 vehicles each day and is part of VicRoads’ Principal Freight Network. It is a key transport corridor that connects the Williamstown North industrial precinct, nearby ports and residential areas to the Princes Freeway.
Removing the boom gates will create better freight connections, improve traffic flow, remove the risk of incidents between passenger trains and road vehicles including large freight vehicles and provide safer passage for pedestrians and cyclists.
We are also partially duplicating the Altona Loop as part of this project to help improve service reliability.
We have been gathering feedback from the community and key stakeholders throughout 2016 to help inform the design of the Kororoit Creek Road, Williamstown North level crossing removal.
A rail-over-road design incorporating partial duplication of the Altona Loop between the Werribee Line junction and Kororoit Creek has been selected as the solution that will progress to the construction stage.
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 western package of works. The successful consortium is expected to be announced early 2017.
The western package of works will start with 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.
Following early planning to inform what options were feasible for the removal of the level crossing and community consultations in early 2016, we arrived at 'rail over road' as the preferred solution.
This will involve construction of a rail bridge over Kororoit Creek Road to carry both the existing and new duplicated track.
Removing this level crossing will improve traffic flow along this key transport corridor that connects Williamstown North industrial precinct, nearby ports and residential areas to the Princes Freeway.
It will also improve safety in the area by removing the risk of incidents between passenger trains and road vehicles, including large freight vehicles, at this site and provide safer passage for pedestrians and cyclists.
Ground level view
Why rail over road?
The Kororoit Creek Road site is unique and there were numerous factors leading to this preferred solution, including:
- Critical oil and fuel pipelines underground – assets and access points for the Mobil refinery constrain where and how deep we could dig
- High water table – taking the road or the rail underground in a cutting would create difficulties in flood prevention
- Environmental conditions – a high likelihood of contaminated land, which adds complexity and risk
- Access to businesses and local roads – a road solution would necessitate cutting off direct access to Racecourse Road as well as a number of businesses on Kororoit Creek Road
- No land acquisitions needed in this solution
We are calling for anyone interested in this level crossing removal to register their interest to receive project updates and notifications of upcoming events and opportunities to get involved.
There will be a range of opportunities to get involved and provide feedback as the project progresses. Local residents, businesses and other stakeholders will be kept up to date with the project and its progress via website updates, regular bulletins and letterbox drops, local newspaper advertising, onsite information boards and community information displays.
The successful construction partner will design, develop and deliver Kororoit Creek Road level crossing removal as the first package of works, with the ability to be awarded additional level crossing removals in Melbourne's west, subject to performance.
Offering these works as a program to be delivered progressively will support industry to invest in skills and training initiatives in a sustainable way.
|Project stage||What's involved|
Development of design|
Procurement (current stage)|
Late 2016 to early 2017
Early 2017 to early 2019
When will the Kororoit Creek Road level crossing be removed?
Construction will commence in 2017 for completion in 2019.
We will keep the community up to date in the lead up and throughout construction, including advance notice for any disruptions to road or rail travel during this period.
Will there be disruptions to the Altona Loop service?
Like all major infrastructure projects disruptions are to be expected. An extended closure of the Altona Loop for up to three months is expected mid-2018. We will work with the successful contractor to keep this disruption to an absolute minimum.
Advance notice of the exact dates will be provided to commuters closer to the planned disruptions.
During disruptions Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) will deliver service replacements that match the existing service.
Will roads be closed during construction?
There are no extended closures for Racecourse Road or Kororoit Creek Road expected as the majority of works can be conducted in the rail corridor. Temporary road closures may be required during bridge construction, however this work will be conducted at night or on weekends. Advance notice will be provided for any closures.