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.
Work will start this year to remove the level crossing at Kororoit Creek Road. A contract for the project, which includes the partial duplication of the Altona Loop, has been signed.
Construction will be carried out by Activate, a consortium including McConnell Dowell, Arup, and Mott MacDonald. The level crossing will be gone forever by 2018.
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.
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.
Activate's design has incorporated feedback from the local community. Most construction can be carried out while trains are still running, which means less disruption for commuters. A dual-rail structure will ensure more natural light under the bridge, with native trees and shrubs to be planted in the area.
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
November 2015 - December 2016
Three-phase community consultation program
Construction of access and truck routes
August - October 2017
Install barriers along rail line
October 2017 – April 2018
Track works in preparation for occupation of the rail line
Mid-May – early July 2018
Online works in rail corridor to duplicate rail track and install new rail bridge
July – September 2018
Pavement works on Kororoit Creek Road and Racecourse Road
Late September 2018
Demobilisation and completion of project
Stakeholder Liaison Group
Nominations for the Kororoit Creek Road Stakeholder Liaison Group have now closed. The group will work to ensure local community members have a voice on issues that affect them during construction.
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.
When will the Kororoit Creek Road level crossing be removed?
Construction will commence in 2017 for completion in 2018.
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 60 days 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.