Three more level crossings to go in Melbourne's west
27 Jun 2019
Werribee CBD and Hoppers Crossing will soon be level crossing free in an infrastructure overhaul that will improve safety, bust congestion and make the suburbs easier to get around.
Crossings are to go at three locations along the Werribee line: at Cherry and Werribee streets in Werribee, and at Old Geelong Road in Hoppers Crossing.
With construction set to begin next year, these level crossings will be gone in 2022.
There are two feasible designs for the level crossing removal at each location. Based on technical considerations and achieving positive long-term outcomes, we’ve identified a preferred design for each site.
Watch the video to find out more.
Cherry Street, Werribee
Design A: a road bridge over the rail line at Tarneit Road is the preferred design.
Due to constraints at the existing crossing at Cherry Street, the project investigated an alternative location for traffic to cross the rail line.
This involves building a new road bridge linking Tarneit Road to the Princes Highway, about 300 metres east of the current crossing, allowing the project to use the irrigation channel reserve next to the Wyndham City Council offices as a direct connection from the Princes Highway to Railway Avenue and Tarneit Road.
Instead of driving through Cherry Street, cars would travel along Railway Avenue or Tarneit Road to the new road bridge which provides direct access to the Princes Highway – meaning no more long waits at the boom gates.
Design B: a road underpass at Cherry Street is the other feasible design.
The other design would see a road underpass built at the current location of the level crossing.
Road users would travel from Market Road to Cherry Street, by lowering Cherry Street in a 4.6-metre-deep trench, while keeping the rail tracks at their existing level.
Access to local shops and residential streets could be maintained through additional one-way service roads.
Werribee Street, Werribee
Design A: a rail bridge over Werribee Street is the preferred design.
The preferred design to remove the Werribee Street level crossing is by elevating the Werribee line over the road. This would take advantage of Wyndham City Council’s multi-million dollar improvements at Wyndham Park, and would open up the space below the rail line for the community to enjoy.
Design B: a new road bridge at Bulban Road is the other feasible design.
The other feasible design would help ease traffic congestion around this important link between Werribee and Wyndham Vale, we could build a new road bridge to connect Bulban Road and the Princes Highway.
Old Geelong Road, Hoppers Crossing
Design A: a new road bridge connecting Old Geelong Road to the Princes Highway is the preferred design.
Under the preferred design, this level crossing would be removed by constructing a new road bridge over the rail line east of the existing crossing, directly connecting the Princes Highway to Old Geelong Road and Heaths Road.
Design B: a new road bridge at the current crossing is the other feasible design.
The other feasible design is to build a new road bridge at the current level crossing location. The bridge would begin to rise from the Morris Road roundabout and travel over the Werribee line and join the Princes Highway at a new signalised intersection
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