Kororoit Creek Road in Williamstown North is a major arterial road which provides a key east-west connection between Williamstown, the Princes Freeway (west) and the western Suburbs. More than 40 buses, 100 trains and 20,000 cars, trucks and bikes use Kororoit Creek Road every day.
Fast-tracking the Kororoit Creek Road, Williamstown North boom gate removal will improve safety and operations on the Altona Loop and help reduce traffic congestion.
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.
This solution will result in better road connections, rail improvements and greater connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists. A representation of this solution is provided below.
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
The LXRA team is 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.
We have now released the preferred design solution for the Kororoit Creek Road level crossing removal. We are talking to and gathering feedback from the local community and stakeholders to help us understand how the design can respond to local needs.
|Project stage||What's involved|
Development of design (current stage)|
Late 2016 to early 2017
Early 2017 to early 2019
When will the Kororoit Creek Road level crossing be removed?
The tender process for this level crossings will start in 2016 and it will be removed by 2019.
When will design commence?
Consultation is currently underway to inform the development of the reference design, which will be provided to industry during the tender phase. Potential constructors may then adapt and improve on this reference design.
When will construction start?
Construction is expected to commence in 2017 and will be completed by 2019.
How long will construction take?
The construction time depends on a range of factors, including the complexity of the site and the local environment. At Kororoit Creek Road, we are restricted by a very thin rail corridor, which means it is likely there will be significant impacts to rail passengers during the construction of the bridge structure.
We will know more about how long construction will take when the contract is awarded to deliver the works.
Will there be disruptions to the Altona Loop service?
Like all major rail projects, an extended rail closure of up to 90 days is expected but we are currently working on ways to reduce this time to ensure the successful contractor achieves the shortest possible disruption.
Advance notice of the exact dates of the line closure will be provided to commuters closer to the planned disruptions, however it is currently expected mid-2018.
Metro Trains will deliver a service replacement strategy during the rail closure on the Altona Loop and we are currently seeking community feedback to help inform the solution, which can be provided by completing our feedback form found under the 'Community' section on this page.