What we heard from Williamstown
13 May 2020
In March, we asked the community to provide us with feedback on two different designs to remove the Ferguson Street, Williamstown level crossing. Despite needing to cancel our community drop-in sessions due to coronavirus restrictions, we still heard from more than 550 people during this round of consultation.
We heard from the community that maintaining the heritage and village feel of Williamstown was a top priority for them.
For the rail under road design, the community told us they like the reduced visual impact but are concerned about how construction will impact the area.
For the rail over road, we heard that the community like the shorter construction timeframe but are concerned about how the overhead structure will fit in with the local area.
Critical site investigations are now underway in and around the level crossing area. These works will help paint a clear picture of the environmental conditions in the rail corridor. This information, along with technical information and community feedback will determine the level crossing removal design.
We will be back out in the Williamstown community in mid 2020 with a preferred design. We'll be asking for your help around key urban design areas to help shape the preferred design.
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For more information on what we heard, read the full community consultation report.
Levels of feedback
There was a high level of community interest in this consultation phase
- 7400 community updates mailed to residents
- 80 contact centre enquiries
- 280 online survey responses
- 270 hard-copy surveys returned
- 1320 visits to our online engagement hub
- Email updates sent to 1061 subscribers