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.


  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    We want to hear from you about the look and feel of the design, landscaping and potential new community space.

    Your feedback will help us understand what is important to the community and will be considered in developing the final design.

    Please complete this survey by 5:00pm, Friday 26 July 2019.

    We want to hear from you about the look and feel of the design, landscaping and potential new community space.

    Your feedback will help us understand what is important to the community and will be considered in developing the final design.

    Please complete this survey by 5:00pm, Friday 26 July 2019.

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  • Filling out this survey will help us: 

    • understand how we can best communicate with you
    • identify opportunities to work with you
    • find out what is important to you so we can keep you up to date.

    Filling out this survey will help us: 

    • understand how we can best communicate with you
    • identify opportunities to work with you
    • find out what is important to you so we can keep you up to date.

    Take Survey