Level Crossing Removal Project, State Government
Three level crossings are to be removed by 2022.
The Victorian State Government will remove 50 dangerous and congested level crossings around Melbourne over the next eight years.
Three of the selected level crossings are located within Hobsons Bay - they are:
- Ferguson Street, Williamstown North
- Aviation Road, Laverton
- Kororoit Creek Road, Williamstown North
Each of the removals will be overseen by the government appointed Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA).
For further information on the Level Crossing Removal Authority, visit www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au.
The Kororoit Creek/Racecourse Road Altona level crossing has been removed almost a week ahead of schedule. Normal train services have resumed to the Altona Loop between Newport and Laverton.
View more information on the Kororoit Creek Road level crossing removal.
The Aviation Road Laverton level crossing removal project has reached final concept stage with several community engagement opportunities providing input to the concept plan. The concept recommends road over rail as the preferred option which is a modification to the existing road network. The current project timelines indicate commencement by the end of 2018 and completion in 2020.
Council has advocated for an integrated outcome for the crossing removal that considers the Aviation Road Shopping Centre, residential areas north and south of the railway line, future development on the RAAF land, the potential Point Cook Road/Princes Freeway interchange upgrade and the anticipated increasing use of Aircraft train station. For more information https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/projects/aviation-road-laverton
The Ferguson Street, Williamstown Level Crossing Removal project has not formally commenced with the Level Crossing Removal Authority currently focusing on the Aviation Road project.
Council established two Level Crossing Community Interest Groups (CIG); one each for the Ferguson Street and Aviation Road sites. These groups have been meeting since late 2017 and have contributed to the site specific project development and input including specific advocacy activities undertaken by Council. For more information https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/projects/ferguson-street-williamstown
Council acknowledges that these large-scale infrastructure projects will have lasting impacts on surrounding communities and landscapes.
Throughout the process of the grade separation, Council will work to represent the views and opinions of the community.
In March 2016 Hobsons Bay City Council adopted a set of guiding principles for grade separation projects in Hobsons Bay to present to the state government. The purpose of these principles is to ensure that local amenity is protected and the best possible outcomes are achieved. You can view the principles here Hobsons Bay Grade Separation Principles (PDF, 3MB) or collect a copy from the Altona Civic Centre, Williamstown Library, Laverton Community Hub or Altona North Library. Alternatively you can request a copy by emailing email@example.com or calling 9932 1131.
If you have any questions about Council’s adopted grade separation principles please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.