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Williamstown crossing on its way out

24 May 2021

The level crossing at Ferguson Street will be gone for good months ahead of schedule and the new North Williamstown Station will open in November this year.

Major works will kick off this week when a 100-tonne piling rig begins drilling foundations deep into the ground to bolster up the sides of a future rail trench that will run beneath Ferguson Street, separating trains and vehicles.

Excavation for the 750-metre trench will commence in late August, with buses to replace trains between Newport and Williamstown from 8.30pm 20 August through to Saturday 13 November.

LXRP Program Director Tony Hedley said 50,000 cubic metres of clay and hard basalt rock would be taken out of the rail corridor during the massive excavation effort – enough to fill 20 Olympic swimming pools.

“Both the piling and excavation works are expected to cause significant noise and vibration, so I’d like to extend my thanks in advance to locals for their patience and understanding,” he said.

“The end result will be a safer Williamstown, with North Williamstown station open to passengers and trains running on lowered tracks.”

Williamstown residents are being alerted to further localised disruptions in the lead up to the blitz.

From Monday 2 August, North Williamstown Station will close to rail passengers with a shuttle bus service in place to and from neighbouring stations. This will allow for the Platform Two station building to be demolished ahead of the blitz.

From mid-August, Ferguson Street will close at the level crossing for around six weeks while crews reinforce the road ahead of excavation. The road will remain closed for around six weeks, until late September.

Since 2005 there have been at least one collision and five near-misses at the Ferguson Street crossing, which sits alongside a four-way roundabout.

There are seven school, pre-school or kinder campuses within a one-kilometre radius of the level crossing. Removing it will make the suburb safer for the thousands of students and families that use the station or travel through the crossing.

Ferguson Street is the latest of a raft of level crossings to be eliminated in Melbourne’s west since 2016, following on from two level crossing removals earlier this year in Werribee and two earlier crossings at Kororoit Creek Road in Williamstown North and Aviation Road at Laverton.

Three more level crossing removals are currently in major works at Ardeer, Deer Park and Hoppers Crossing, just one part of a $20 billion total investment into major projects in the West.

The Level Crossing Removal Project is removing 75 level crossings by 2025, with 46 already gone for good. In 2021, one level crossing is being removed on average every four weeks.

Train crossing through North Williamstown Station.

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