Cherry Street, Werribee

The Cherry Street level crossing is located east of Werribee Station, and is used by 20,000 vehicles daily. This is a key connection point for the area, linking residents with the local city centre and Princes Freeway. Up to 140 trains travel through the Cherry Street level crossing each weekday.

Removing this crossing will improve safety, provide more reliable travel times and reduce congestion. It will ease travel and improve safety when getting around Melbourne’s west.


The designs

Since speaking with the Werribee community in October 2018, we have investigated two designs for removing the level crossing at Cherry Street.

Artist impression only. Subject to change.

Design A: a new road bridge over the rail line at Tarneit Road is the preferred design

Due to constraints at the existing crossing at Cherry Street, we investigated an alternative location for traffic to cross the rail line.

This involves building a new road bridge linking Tarneit Road to the Princes Highway, about 300 metres east of the current crossing.

This allows us to use the irrigation channel reserve next to the Wyndham City Council offices as a direct connection from the Princes Highway to Railway Avenue and Tarneit Road.

Instead of driving through Cherry Street, cars would travel along Railway Avenue or Tarneit Road to the new road bridge which provides direct access to the Princes Highway – meaning no more long waits at the boom-gates.

We’d close the existing crossing to road traffic and build a wide and well-lit underpass for pedestrians and cyclists to cross under the train line.

Benefits

This design improves traffic flow by keeping through traffic to major roads with the additional benefit of creating a safer city centre for the community to enjoy. People travelling to and from the Princes Highway would have a faster journey using this new direct link.

We can build this design with no compulsory land acquisition and will only cause minor disruption to the road and rail network.

Challenges

Getting to the Watton Street shopping precinct would be a little different. Road users would need to travel over the new bridge and use Princes Highway to access Cherry Street. It is expected that this journey would take about two minutes longer for people who start their journey around Tarneit Road.

Design A is the preferred design as it delivers the best long-term outcome for the growing Wyndham area, allowing locals to get where they need to go and providing a streamlined route for traffic coming into and out of Werribee.


Artist impression only. Subject to change.

Design B: a road underpass at Cherry Street is the other feasible design

The other design is to build a road underpass at the current location of the level crossing site.

Road users would travel from Market Road to Cherry Street, by lowering Cherry Street in a 4.6m-metre-deep trench, while keeping the rail tracks at their existing level.

Access to local shops and residential streets could be maintained through additional one-way service roads.

Benefits

This design will allow vehicles to travel through the area using their current routes, with no change to journeys to the local shopping area.

This ‘sunken’ design would have limited visual impact to the civic centre, with access to local homes and business maintained through service roads.

Challenges

This design requires us to move the critical oil pipeline, delaying the start of construction by up to two years.

To avoid impacts to local homes and businesses, we would have to reduce the height of this trench. This means trucks and taller vehicles would need to cross at other points along the Werribee Line.

The intersection of Railway Avenue and Glen Street would be closed, with one-way service roads needed to provide access to homes and businesses.

Construction would be complex, and the community could expect lengthy road closures.

For information on other designs that were assessed as not feasible, please view the Cherry Street Technical Brochure here.


Help refine the project

In June and July 2019, we asked the community for feedback about aspects of the designs, such as urban design, landscaping, and pedestrian and cyclist movements.

The survey closed on Friday 26 July.


The Cherry Street level crossing is located east of Werribee Station, and is used by 20,000 vehicles daily. This is a key connection point for the area, linking residents with the local city centre and Princes Freeway. Up to 140 trains travel through the Cherry Street level crossing each weekday.

Removing this crossing will improve safety, provide more reliable travel times and reduce congestion. It will ease travel and improve safety when getting around Melbourne’s west.


The designs

Since speaking with the Werribee community in October 2018, we have investigated two designs for removing the level crossing at Cherry Street.

Artist impression only. Subject to change.

Design A: a new road bridge over the rail line at Tarneit Road is the preferred design

Due to constraints at the existing crossing at Cherry Street, we investigated an alternative location for traffic to cross the rail line.

This involves building a new road bridge linking Tarneit Road to the Princes Highway, about 300 metres east of the current crossing.

This allows us to use the irrigation channel reserve next to the Wyndham City Council offices as a direct connection from the Princes Highway to Railway Avenue and Tarneit Road.

Instead of driving through Cherry Street, cars would travel along Railway Avenue or Tarneit Road to the new road bridge which provides direct access to the Princes Highway – meaning no more long waits at the boom-gates.

We’d close the existing crossing to road traffic and build a wide and well-lit underpass for pedestrians and cyclists to cross under the train line.

Benefits

This design improves traffic flow by keeping through traffic to major roads with the additional benefit of creating a safer city centre for the community to enjoy. People travelling to and from the Princes Highway would have a faster journey using this new direct link.

We can build this design with no compulsory land acquisition and will only cause minor disruption to the road and rail network.

Challenges

Getting to the Watton Street shopping precinct would be a little different. Road users would need to travel over the new bridge and use Princes Highway to access Cherry Street. It is expected that this journey would take about two minutes longer for people who start their journey around Tarneit Road.

Design A is the preferred design as it delivers the best long-term outcome for the growing Wyndham area, allowing locals to get where they need to go and providing a streamlined route for traffic coming into and out of Werribee.


Artist impression only. Subject to change.

Design B: a road underpass at Cherry Street is the other feasible design

The other design is to build a road underpass at the current location of the level crossing site.

Road users would travel from Market Road to Cherry Street, by lowering Cherry Street in a 4.6m-metre-deep trench, while keeping the rail tracks at their existing level.

Access to local shops and residential streets could be maintained through additional one-way service roads.

Benefits

This design will allow vehicles to travel through the area using their current routes, with no change to journeys to the local shopping area.

This ‘sunken’ design would have limited visual impact to the civic centre, with access to local homes and business maintained through service roads.

Challenges

This design requires us to move the critical oil pipeline, delaying the start of construction by up to two years.

To avoid impacts to local homes and businesses, we would have to reduce the height of this trench. This means trucks and taller vehicles would need to cross at other points along the Werribee Line.

The intersection of Railway Avenue and Glen Street would be closed, with one-way service roads needed to provide access to homes and businesses.

Construction would be complex, and the community could expect lengthy road closures.

For information on other designs that were assessed as not feasible, please view the Cherry Street Technical Brochure here.


Help refine the project

In June and July 2019, we asked the community for feedback about aspects of the designs, such as urban design, landscaping, and pedestrian and cyclist movements.

The survey closed on Friday 26 July.


Q&A

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  • Ison Road and the connection to the Freeway must be completed prior to any changes or constrictions to the current crossing. The entire Wyndham Vale/Manor Vale area have no alternative access to Werribee, and only and limited access to Hoppers Crossing via Shaws Rd. The Werribee St Crossing and Cherry St crossing along with adjacent roads are critical at present for anyone leaving the existing Wyndham Vale/Manor Vale area, and even a minor disruption for short periods can effectively stop traffic movement to and from this suburban area. Any traffic needing to access either the freeway, or Werribee itself, along with nearby services must travel towards Werribee to exit the suburbs, anyone that needs to travel to the East of the Werribee River is also currently forced into the same area. Prior to 2001, none of this was required, but since then, a large population has developed in Wyndham Vale/Manor Vale and now must use the same infrastructure as was previously used by only a handful of local. Completing Ison Rd will likely reduce traffic in these critical points by 30-50% during any construction period, which in turn will lessen potential accident and injuries to both motorists and also anyone working on the Level crossing sites. The current volumes of traffic are near to or even exceeding the current capacity at peak times of the day, and any form of interruption to the status quo must first be to reduce traffic demands before beginning removal project. We live to the east of the Werribee River, but our school zoning put our Children in Manor Vale Primary, about 500 meters from our home, but a 2 km drive due to needing to cross the river at either Cotterall St or Shaws Rd, it is clear that a large number of people spend considerable time stuck in traffic around these two points, and back on to Ballan Rd as a result. It would probably be Prudent to also connect Wollahra Rise and Sewells Rd in a similar time frame to further alleviate traffic volumes via the two choke points. There is little point in trying to delay or stagger the removal of either Werribee St or Cherry St, as the close proximity of the two crossings means any traffic delays at one quickly overflows to the other. So the only option to to remove a significant proportion of the traffic by providing a viable alternative route out and away from the existing crossings.

    mackkiwi asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback. 

    The 75 level crossings to be removed as a Victorian Government commitment have been selected based on a range of criteria including safety, congestion and the improvement of the wider road and rail networks. The Cherry Street and Werribee Street level crossings have been identified as some of the 75 dangerous level crossings to be removed. 

    Currently, wider network road solutions for Ison Road are not within the scope of our project. Your suggestions have been forwarded through to the design and traffic teams, and their feasibility to be performed within the scope of our project will be considered.

  • Can you also study at alternative of putting 3 rail tunnels through from around Forsythe Rd to Werribee West, this will remove the need for all 3 level crossings putting passenger platforms underground, and retaining safety from opportunistic crime of passive surveillance of pedestrians using the retained roadways, by motorists. With value capture considered from sale of railway land for redevelopment this is preferred option financially (see analysis submitted under separate cover)

    A.I.R. Vic asked 3 months ago

    Hi there,

    The proposed designs for all three sites were developed using several key criteria. Environmental, technical and community considerations all contributed to the designs. 

    Our key impact assessment includes property acquisition, impact to retail and activity centre, compliance with design standards, impact to the critical oil pipeline and other utilities, construction impacts and future proofing. 

    Designs that involve moving the rail under each level crossing site have been ruled out due to several factors, including the major oil pipeline that runs alongside the Werribee line. Moving this to make way for a tunnel would delay construction by up to 2 years. Rail under would also not allow for potential additional train tracks, and would likely involve property acquisition and significant disruptions to passenger and commercial trains running along the Werribee line. 

    Recent and future community consultation focus on refining plans for open community space, which aim to create inviting pedestrian and cyclist-friendly spaces and in turn retaining passive surveillance. The "Selecting the best design" documents for each project provide more information on how we assess and decide which designs are feasible.

  • The preferred option with the Werribee Street Crossing is elevation. The Cherry Street Crossing should also be elevated, to link to the Werribee Street project. The start of the Cherry Street elevation should be soon after leaving Derrimut Road underpass westbound. This would avoid the obvious detrimental effect of losing the Cherry Street Crossing to the Watton Street retail strip. Arguments with respect to the heritage listing of the Werribee Railway Station are about the building, not the platforms. As such, the station building could be incorporated into a new station, just as the Shot Tower was incorporated into Melbourne Central. Lifting the rail will alleviate the current damaging vibrations to the building in its current format.

    AST asked 3 months ago

    At Werribee Street, there is enough space within the rail corridor for an elevated rail design to be built, with minimal road and rail disruptions. 

    For Cherry Street, this same space is not available. Building an elevated rail structure will also result in significant rail disruptions. 

    Currently, upgrades to Werribee Station are not within the project scope. Future upgrades may be considered by Public Transport Victoria.