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Kororoit Creek Road Community Update – October 2016

01 Oct 2016

We're removing the Kororoit Creek Road level crossing

The Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) has been gathering feedback throughout 2016, to help inform the design of the Kororoit Creek Road, Williamstown North level crossing removal.

A rail-over-road design, incorporating partial duplication of the Altona Loop between the Werribee Line junction and Kororoit Creek, has been selected as the preferred solution and will progress to the construction stage.

How did we decide on this design?

We recognise that each level crossing site is different and there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

We used a multi-criteria analysis that considered factors such as construction impacts, environmental and ground conditions, existing infrastructure including underground services, delivery timeframes and cost.

Community consultation is also key in delivering a positive solution that works for the local community. We heard that partial duplication of the Altona Loop was important and were pleased to announce in June 2016, that this would be included as part of the level crossing removal project.

Why are we removing this level crossing?

As Melbourne continues to grow, we need to ensure our road and rail infrastructure can meet the extra demand, while also improving existing safety and congestion issues for commuters and providing efficient freight routes for industry.

The removal of 50 dangerous level crossings across Melbourne will help ease congestion on our road network, while also accommodating future service upgrades to our metro train network.

Kororoit Creek Road is used by 22,000 vehicles each day and is part of VicRoads' Principal Freight Network.

Removing this level crossing will improve traffic flow along this key transport corridor that connects the Williamstown North industrial area and nearby ports to the Princes Freeway.

It will also improve safety in the area by reducing the risk of incidents between road vehicles, including large freight vehicles, and commuter trains at this site and provide safer passage for pedestrians and cyclists.

Community engagement so far

Based on feedback we have received from the local community we heard:

  • 73 per cent think that the project will benefit the local community
  • Partial duplication is seen as the main benefit

Top three trends in feedback:

  1. Public transport service changes and impacts
  2. Design of the level crossing removal
  3. Construction impacts.

What's important to you?

  1. Efficient traffic flow
  2. Environment and design
  3. Safety.

How we engaged

  • 26 businesses door-knocked
  • 1094 people reached through email updates
  • 1500 postcards handed out
  • Nine posts on Facebook with an average reach of 2052 users
  • More than 5000 community updates distributed
  • Five community information sessions attended by nearly 170 locals

What's next?

Expressions of Interest are now being sought for a construction partner to deliver the works.

The successful construction partner will design, develop and deliver Kororoit Creek Road level crossing removal as the first package of works, with the ability to be awarded additional level crossing removals in Melbourne's west, subject to performance.

Offering these works as a program to be delivered progressively will support industry to invest in skills and training initiatives in a sustainable way.

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.

What to expect during construction

Construction at Kororoit Creek Road is expected to take place from 2017 to 2019.

A 90 day closure of the Altona Loop is expected in mid-2018 to deliver major construction works for the level crossing removal and partial duplication. We will be working with the successful contractor to keep this period to a minimum.

Metro Trains will deliver full service replacements on behalf of the project during this period with full details to be announced closer to the rail closure.

Construction of the project will take place in three key stages

1. Early works (approximately six months)

During this period we will create access tracks and bridges, foundation works, lay down areas for materials, install fencing and relocate or protect services in preparation for major works.

2. Major construction works (approximately three months)

The majority of works will take place during the 90 day rail closure. Activities will include demolition of the existing infrastructure and clearing the site, installation of the rail bridge, laying road and rail infrastructure and testing the rail line ahead of services resuming.

3. Completion works (approximately three months)

These are the finishing touches, such as painting, laying pavements or shared user paths and urban design treatments and landscaping before handover to the asset owners.

Community information sessions

Our community information sessions are a great way to keep informed about the project. The next sessions will be held at Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre, 5 Sargood Street, Altona on:

  • Wednesday 19 October, 12 noon to 2:00pm
  • Thursday 27 October, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

For a printable version, please download the Community Update PDF, 1.1 MB

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