Level Crossing Removal Project
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:
- 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
Aviation Road level crossing removal
This month, the project team will be working hard to prepare the roads to tie in with the road bridge over the rail line, including:
- road bridge pavement works
- works to connect existing roads to the new bridge
- drainage works at Aircraft Station in mid-September
- lighting installation along Maher Road
Aviation Road community fun day!
Come along for a sneak peek at the new road bridge before it opens to traffic. There will be food provided and free activities for kids, as well as an opportunity to chat to the project team.
When: Saturday 8 September, 10am to 1pm
Where: Aircraft Station car park, Laverton
Works will generally take place in and around the rail line between Laverton and Aircraft stations between 7am and 7pm from Monday to Saturday and each Sunday between 7am and 5pm.
In mid-to-late September, there will be two weeks of night works on the pavement at the Aviation Road roundabout. More information will be provided in the head up to these works.
Plan ahead - traffic disruptions
From now until Sunday 15 September, turning lanes will be closed on the Aviation Road roundabout. You will still be able to enter and exit the roundabout in all directions. Please plan ahead and allow additional travel time or consider an alternative route, as delays are expected.
Traffic will be reduced to one lane on Maher Road between 7am and 5pm from Monday to Saturday until 28 September 2019. The road will remain open in both directions with traffic management in place.
Haven't seen the project design yet? Check this out.
Kororoit Creek Road, Williamstown North, Level crossing removal
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. Click here for more information on the Aviation Road Level Crossing Program.
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. Click here for more information on the Ferguson Street Williamstown Level Crossing Project.
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 Hobsons Bay Grade Separation Principles(PDF, 3MB) here 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.