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Ferguson Street community update – December 2020

03 Dec 2020

Works to start in Williamstown

The new North Williamstown Station forecourt will be well-lit for safety. Artist impression only. Subject to change.

New North Williamstown Station entrance at night. Artist impression only. Subject to change.

Construction to remove the level crossing at Ferguson Street in Williamstown will start soon, with the level crossing gone for good by 2022.

We are getting rid of the Ferguson Street level crossing by lowering the rail line under the road.

Lowering the rail line will make way for a brand-new North Williamstown Station and improved community spaces. This also means no more waiting at the boom gates for around 25,000 vehicles that travel through the area each day.

Site investigations are underway and major works will start in early 2021.

Why we're removing this level crossing

  • More than 25,000 vehicles drive through this level crossing each day
  • More than 110 trains pass through every weekday
  • About 1350 passengers use North Williamstown Station each weekday
  • Two fatalities, one collision with a cyclist and at least five near-misses have occurred at this level crossing

New North Williamstown Station

Lowering the rail line will make way for a brand-new North Williamstown Station, improved community spaces, and will mean no more waiting at the boom gates for around 25,000 vehicles that travel through the area each day. Artist impression only. Subject to change.

New North Williamstown Station from Ferguson Street. Artist impression only. Subject to change.

There will be a generous forecourt between Ferguson Street and the station access points. Artist impression only. Subject to change.

New North Williamstown Station entrance. Artist impression only. Subject to change.

The design

We have designed the new rail trench and station to be in line with Williamstown’s low-rise streetscapes. This was in response to community feedback on what you’d like to see in your area.

The rail trench will be about 750 metres long and up to 17 metres wide. Digging the trench will involve removing up to 50,000 cubic metres of dirt, clay and basalt from the rail corridor between Newport Station and Williamstown Beach Station.

The new North Williamstown Station will be easy to access for everyone. Stairs, ramps and lifts will be available for passengers to access the new platforms lowered into the trench.

The new station forecourt will be well-lit for safety, with plenty of seating and shelter.

We heard that the community would like the new station to complement Williamstown’s heritage, so we’ll use materials such as red brick and bluestone in the design.

We heard green spaces are important to the Williamstown community. We’ll create open space for the whole community to enjoy while retaining the mature eucalyptus trees on the eastern side of the station.

We’re including a new signalised pedestrian crossing that will make it easier for the community to access the station precinct. Located at the site of the existing level crossing, this new pedestrian crossing will be synchronised with other pedestrian crossings nearby. This will make it easier and safer for pedestrians to cross Ferguson Street, without causing additional delays for drivers.

Cyclists will be able to securely park their bikes in the brand-new secure bike shelter.

For detailed information about how we developed the station design, the site constraints and what the station will look like, read our Understanding the new North Williamstown Station brochure.

Landscaping in the precinct will feature repurposed station materials to ensure the area is in keeping with local heritage. Artist impression only. Subject to change.

Green space at North Williamstown Station. Artist impression only. Subject to change.

What to expect during works

Starting in early 2021, the team will set up site compounds near North Williamstown Station on Power Street and Kororoit Creek Road. This will include site offices, staff car parking and space to store materials.

Once we’re set up, we will relocate local services such as gas, communications and water. This will make way for the new trench.

In May, we'll start on the piling work to support the edges of the new trench.

In late 2021 we'll start major construction works and stop all trains for up to three months on the Williamstown line. Buses will replace trains from Newport to Williamstown Station.

During this time, we’ll work 24 hours a day to finish the piling work and excavate the hard basalt rock and clay from the 750-metre-long trench. The large volume of soil will need to be removed from the site, meaning more trucks on local roads.

We'll build the new Ferguson Street bridge and then excavate underneath it. We'll temporarily close Ferguson Street to safely complete this work. We will work 24 hours a day to minimise the time the road will need to be closed.

In late 2021 we’ll build the new North Williamstown Station.

With trains back up and running, we will work to complete the project, including adding architectural finishes and landscaping.

During construction you can expect:

  • increased noise, dust and vibration
  • construction happening 24 hours a day in late 2021
  • removal of some vegetation around the rail corridor
  • changes to the way you access the area and the station precinct
  • traffic management in place at times
  • rail, road and car park closures.

We have a dedicated team that will work with the community and rail passengers to keep you informed about what's happening during construction.

Ferguson Street project map and North Williamstown Station

Map of the Ferguson Street area featuring station forecourt, bus stops, car parks, shared use path and bike path.

How we’ll build the trench

Piling

We’ll start by drilling into the ground to build the supports for the edges of the new trench.

We’ll start by drilling into the ground to build the supports for the edges of the new trench.

Excavation

With the edges secure, our crews will start using excavators to dig out the hard basalt rock and clay.

With the edges secure, our crews will start using excavators to dig out the hard basalt rock and clay.

Rebuild Ferguson Street

We'll build the new Ferguson Street bridge and then excavate underneath it. We’ll then complete the road and get it ready for road users.

We'll build the new Ferguson Street bridge and then excavate underneath it. We’ll then complete the road and get it ready for road users.

Build station and rail

With the trench in place, we’ll lay the train tracks and install the overhead wiring needed to power the trains.

We’ll also build the new North Williamstown Station and start installing the urban design features.

With the trench in place, we’ll lay the train tracks and install the overhead wiring needed to power the trains. We’ll also build the new North Williamstown Station and start installing the urban design features.

How we’ll keep you informed

We will continue to talk with the local community about our works to remove the Ferguson Street level crossing.

  • We will provide works notices outlining upcoming construction activities as well as engaging directly with nearby residents and businesses.
  • We will send regular newsletter updates, that will be delivered to local homes and businesses and available online
  • Signing up for email updates is the easiest way to stay up to date on all project information – visit levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/subscribe

Get in touch

We’re here to answer any questions you may have about the project.

The new lowered platforms will be accessed by lifts, ramps or stairs. Artist impression only. Subject to change.

New platforms at North Williamstown Station. Artist impression only. Subject to change.

Project timeline

DateProgress
November 2019

Getting to know the area

  • Community input helped us understand what is important to Williamstown locals
Early 2020

Preliminary assessment

  • Investigations helped us gain an understanding of the area and tell us what additional detailed investigations are needed as we further refined the design options for this site.
March 2020

Detailed investigations and community feedback

  • We explained the potential designs and asked for feedback. This helped us determine the preferred design. We also undertook detailed technical investigations.
June 2020

Preferred design

  • We confirmed a rail under road design and continued its development. We asked the community for feedback on the look and feel of the design.
October 2020

Released station designs

  • We showed the community the design and will continued to work through its development.
Late 2020

Finalise project design

  • We'll finalise the design and start talking to the community about construction in more detail.
2021 to 2022

Level crossing removed

  • We'll seek your feedback on how things are working and if there is anything we can do to make the construction phase easier for the community.

*Timeline above subject to change.

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