Ferguson Street, Williamstown

The Ferguson Street level crossing is used by about 25,000 vehicles daily, with more than 110 trains passing through, delaying traffic, cyclists and pedestrians.

This dangerous and congested level crossing will be gone for good in 2022.

The first round of consultation was held in November and December 2019, including face-to-face workshops and an online engagement hub. You can read about the findings here.

The most recent round of community consultation finished on Friday 3 April 2020. The community were invited to provide feedback on the two designs that are still under active consideration – lowering the rail line under the road, or raising the rail line over the road.

The information we collect from the community sits alongside technical and environmental factors when we determine the best design.

For more information about the designs, view our Preliminary Design Assessment.

Further community consultation will occur later in the year.

To keep up to date with the progress, please sign up for email updates.

Project expert videos

While we made the difficult decision to cancel our scheduled drop-in sessions based on the current health advice around COVID-19, we wanted to improvise and replicate that face-to-face interaction as best we could.

Our team has analysed the key questions that have come through to date during this phase of consultation and posed them to some of our project experts, who have provided answers in a series of videos below around key themes.

Watch our project experts answer your questions.


The Ferguson Street level crossing is used by about 25,000 vehicles daily, with more than 110 trains passing through, delaying traffic, cyclists and pedestrians.

This dangerous and congested level crossing will be gone for good in 2022.

The first round of consultation was held in November and December 2019, including face-to-face workshops and an online engagement hub. You can read about the findings here.

The most recent round of community consultation finished on Friday 3 April 2020. The community were invited to provide feedback on the two designs that are still under active consideration – lowering the rail line under the road, or raising the rail line over the road.

The information we collect from the community sits alongside technical and environmental factors when we determine the best design.

For more information about the designs, view our Preliminary Design Assessment.

Further community consultation will occur later in the year.

To keep up to date with the progress, please sign up for email updates.

Project expert videos

While we made the difficult decision to cancel our scheduled drop-in sessions based on the current health advice around COVID-19, we wanted to improvise and replicate that face-to-face interaction as best we could.

Our team has analysed the key questions that have come through to date during this phase of consultation and posed them to some of our project experts, who have provided answers in a series of videos below around key themes.

Watch our project experts answer your questions.


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  • Your response to Windows asked 2 days ago was: “Regardless of the final design, removing the Ferguson Street level crossing will improve safety for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians as it takes away the potential conflict point between trains. The project team will be carefully considering options to maintain – and improve where possible – pedestrian movement through the area, ensuring that pedestrians will be no worse off as a result of our works.” If you are only “improving where possible” and/or “ensuring that pedestrians will be no worse off as a result of your works”, and “When the level crossing is removed, traffic flow through the area will be controlled by the existing signalised pedestrian crossing on Ferguson Street” then please STOP your claims of fixing the issues of safety & congestion. Removing trains from the equation at a cost of $170m+ WILL NOT fix these issues. The existing signalized pedestrian crossing causes much of the frustration and hold ups to many of the 7 streets that are unnecessarily stopped when it is activated. And the light is red for much longer than necessary for most of the day. It can also be re-activated far too soon after one pedestrian and cars have barely had a chance to progress before they are re-stopped. Please explain why $170m+ to be “No worse off” is an acceptable solution to anything?

    lphistory asked 4 days ago

    Removing the Ferguson Street level crossing will help to improve safety and reduce congestion by eliminating boom gate delays. Maintaining a safe crossing point for pedestrians is also important in this location, so this is one of many considerations the team will work through. We will assess the benefits to the area post-level crossing removal and pass on our findings to help inform any future actions of the relevant authorities.

  • Your response to bikehs7 asked 5 days ago was: “At this stage, the Melbourne Road and Ferguson Street intersection, and the Melbourne Road and Station Street intersection are within the study area.“ And your response to Windows asked 2 days ago was: At this stage, pedestrian movements at the intersection of Melbourne Road and Ferguson Street are outside of the scope of the project. When the level crossing is removed, traffic flow through the area will be controlled by the existing signalised pedestrian crossing on Ferguson Street (to the west of the current level crossing), as well as the existing roundabouts to the east and west of the current level crossing. Are “the scope of the project” and the “study area” one and the same? Are Melbourne Rd. & Ferguson St included or not?

    lphistory asked 4 days ago

    Hi, thanks for your follow up question and apologies if our answer wasn't clear. To clarify, the scope of the project and the project study area are not the same. 

    Project scope refers to the project objectives and the extent of the works we plan and have a remit to undertake, i.e. removing the level crossing and the works that need to be done to facilitate this. 

    The project study area is the space around the level crossing we are currently investigating to allow us to learn more about the best way to remove the level crossing, i.e. conducting site investigations such as geotechnical works, traffic surveys and inspections of the rail corridor. 

    The intersection of Melbourne Road and Ferguson Street is on the boundary of the study area we've been investigating to help us better understand the area and the ideal method of removing the level crossing.

  • What provision will be made for people on bicycles in this project? This is a major road cycling route and very busy on weekends.

    Jen3018 asked 4 days ago

    Hi Jen, thanks for your question. We are still investigating opportunities to improve connections for cyclists in the area. As the project progresses and we identify a preferred design, we will know more about what these improved connections could look like.

  • How can the Govt justify spending an average of $173 MILLION on a project that has been rated "NO PRIORITY" by VicRoads in it's 2014 strategic assessment of level crossings in Melbourne? And one which by your own admission will not be considering an issue - pedestrian safety on roads in the station precinct - that the local community views as a key concern?

    Tarli asked 4 days ago

    This level crossing is one of 75 targeted for removal by LXRP and funded by the Victorian Government, so we will continue our technical assessments and community consultation to help inform a final design. The removal of this level crossing will: 

    • improve safety for drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and trains by removing the risk of incidents;
    • create better road connections for Williamstown residents and local businesses 
    • create improved connections between trains and the local bus network, making it easier to get around the area using public transport 
    • improve traffic flow for about 25,000 vehicles that use the road daily; and 
    • enable future increases in rail services without adding to the already congested road network.

  • Given the current issues with dealing with the Covid virus, many people are unaware that the options for Ferguson St are out for public comment. Some of my neighbours are unaware that they need to respond asap for example. Is it possible to extend the window for completion of the Design Survey for another week? thanks

    Tarli asked 4 days ago

    We have used all avenues available to us in the current circumstances to invite people to get involved in this round of consultation, including letterbox drops to local homes, email updates and social media. We also increased resources to facilitate the online portion of our engagement. 

    With restrictions on gatherings of people into the foreseeable future and to ensure we continue working to deliver this project by 2022, we are unable to extend the current consultation period from the three-plus weeks already provided. We'll be back out to the community with more information later this year.

  • I note your assertion that "removing the Ferguson Street level crossing will improve safety for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians as it takes away the potential conflict point between trains." How can you say this when there have been no fatalities at the tracks for over 25 years and that crossing the tracks is now the SAFEST crossing point in the entire precinct due to the auto-locking gates that were installed a few years ago? Have you considered the traffic statistics in the precinct that show that 2 cyclists were injured (severity of injuries was sufficient for the accidents to be recorded by VicRoads) within the past 5 years at the top of Victoria St? Crossing Victoria St to get to/from the station is one of the most dangerous crossing points, yet you say that no new crossings are to be considered as part of this project? Sorry but your concern for 'safety' seems a tad limited and glib. What about the effects on pedestrians of an accident with a car traveling at faster speeds than at present once the crossing has been removed? Your own modelling shows more traffic and faster-flowing traffic. This project is based upon and continues to thrive on a limited understanding of risks.

    Tarli asked 4 days ago

    Automated pedestrian gates at Ferguson Street do improve safety to an extent, but as long as the level crossing exists, the danger for all users remains - trains cannot take evasive action so easily.

    Better traffic flow is one of the many benefits that come with a level crossing removal. While this would be a decision for the relevant authority, the speed limit is not expected to change post-level crossing removal at Ferguson Street and we would expect drivers to adhere to the road rules.

  • Having read the 'Preliminary Design Assessment', I would like to summarise several points: 1 The LXRP are carrying out these works to 'make the area safer and easier to get around' (p2); 2 The community feedback requirements are a) road connections, b) pedestrians and cyclists, c) local identity (p5); 3 Having assessed the above, the LXRP are offering 2 options = rail over OR rail under. Based upon the 'Key Impact Assessment' table, the only difference between these two options relates to Visual Impact (p7) ie addresses 2c above. No reference is made to 'Technical Investigations' (p14) OR Costs, so it has to be assumed that these are not important considerations; 4 When 'Selecting the Best Design' (pp8-11), the primary differences between Over v's Under benefits / challenges are a) 'visibility' (addresses 2c above), b) 'developing a design that blends in with the existing area' (addresses 2c above) and c) duration of disruptions (4 months v's 6 months ie a difference of 2 months of noise, dust and trucks when the the elephant in the room is a project that is being constructed to last 100 years.) 5 What has NOT been referenced when 'Selecting the Best Design' is 2a) Road Connections, and 2b) Pedestrians and cyclists - BOTH OF WHICH THE COMMUNITY HAVE STATED ARE IMPORTANT TO THEM. There is little point in addressing these issues AFTER a final design is selected. QUESTIONS: 1 Given that both the Local Minister and the LXRP have promised that the intersection will be addressed as a PRECINCT, and not just as a crossing, how is it proposed that ALL of the above issues be addressed prior to a preferred design recommendation being made? 2 Given that the local community believe that the primary cause of issues regarding congestion and safety relates to pedestrians, how do the two proposed options address this situation? - It is proposed to retain the exisiting pedestrian activated lights? - If yes, what benefits do you envisage will result in traffic flow AFTER grade separation is complete if the lights are still operational? (It is assumed that these lights will not simply be substituted with a new set a few hundred metres on one side or the other).

    David Male asked 4 days ago

    Hi David, thanks for your questions. We have heard a range of views from the Williamstown community, including those you have listed. Addressing these issues takes time and we will continue to work with the community, Hobson's Bay City Council and other transport agencies on possible future plans for this precinct. 

    We understand that the community is concerned with pedestrian movements in the area. We will ensure pedestrians are no worse off after the level crossing is removed and will continue to investigate opportunities to improve their safety. 

    At this stage, we plan to leave the existing signalised pedestrian crossing in its place, as pedestrians will still require somewhere to safely cross Kororoit Creek Road. Traffic flow will be improved by removing the level crossing as vehicles will no longer have to wait at the boom gates.

  • I’d like to ask how you can seriously still be contemplating pushing ahead with this project in light of the current COVID19 crisis? Appropriately, the meeting was cancelled, but this prevented hundreds of people from voicing their opinions. Very few people have given electronic feedback compared to the thousands who will be daily impacted by this so how can you in all good conscience, go ahead based on the tiny fraction of “community consultation”? Residents are directed to stay at home, very few will use the leaflet since many sections of our community – the elderly, disabled, at-risk groups etc will not leave the house to post it. Many more are not involved in social media or computer literate at all. Some in my street are not even aware this is happening. What else will you do to engage the residents? And are your workers all supermen/women? How are they to stay safe while working on this project and sharing common spaces, tools and equipment? And finally, during this pandemic and “lockdown” when up to 80% of people are staying home, any data collected about transport or pedestrian movements at this complicated rail/road intersection will be totally inaccurate. Will you still go ahead anyway on false information? This project needs to go on hold for at least six months. You keep stating that one reason this is being pushed through is for “safety”. Have you even considered that going ahead and making the wrong decision without correct information is going to have the opposite consequence and turn a difficult intersection into a downright dangerous one?

    Quadro asked 5 days ago

    Based on current health advice from the Department of Health and Human Services, we had no option other than to cancel the face-to-face portion of our community consultation for Ferguson Street, Williamstown. 

    We have increased resources to facilitate the online portion of our engagement, with many people already submitting useful feedback and asking questions about the two proposed designs through Facebook and YourLevelCrossings. For people in the community who do not have access to the internet, a hard copy survey was delivered to over 7,000 homes around the crossing. If residents are uncomfortable posting that back to us, the details of our Contact Centre were also made available. They can take feedback over the phone. 

    The health and safety of our workers and the community is our key priority as we continue to deliver the early planning stages for the Ferguson Street level crossing removal, as is supporting social distancing measures in line with current health advice. Major construction work is not due to start on this project until early 2021. At that time, we will comply with any rules or restrictions that may still be in place. 

    Initial traffic and pedestrian data was collected in June 2019. A further pedestrian study was undertaken this year in late February. The information gathered in these two studies were not affected by lower pedestrian and vehicle numbers. 

    Regardless of the final design, removing the Ferguson Street level crossing will improve safety for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians as it takes away the potential conflict point between trains. 

    The project team will be carefully considering options to maintain – and improve where possible – pedestrian movement through the area, ensuring that pedestrians will be no worse off as a result of our works.

  • What changes do you intend to ensure in conjunction of the level crossing removal. For example the change will create a virtually continuous flow of traffic from 6am to 7.30 pm that was broken before. This increase dangers to pedestrains at several points but especially at the CNR of Melbourne Rd and Ferguson St. You will need pedestrian crossings or traffic lights to slow down the flow of traffic. Also needed is something to stop traffic flow so people on the east side of Melbourne Rd can enter Melbourne Rd to go to work. Are you addressing these issues?

    Windows asked 7 days ago

    Hi, thanks for your question.

    Regardless of the final design, removing the Ferguson Street level crossing will improve safety for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians as it takes away the potential conflict point between trains.

    The project team will be carefully considering options to maintain – and improve where possible – pedestrian movement through the area, ensuring that pedestrians will be no worse off as a result of our works.

    At this stage, pedestrian movements at the intersection of Melbourne Road and Ferguson Street are outside of the scope of the project. When the level crossing is removed, traffic flow through the area will be controlled by the existing signalised pedestrian crossing on Ferguson Street (to the west of the current level crossing), as well as the existing roundabouts to the east and west of the current level crossing. 

  • You have previously answered my Q regarding the retention of the existing station buildings by stating that "at least one of the station buildings would need to be removed to provide access during construction". I note that in the Mentone example, the station buildings were removed AND returned. From your website: "We know that the heritage-listed station buildings and gardens at Mentone are loved by the local community. We will carefully move the two station buildings off-site before main construction gets underway, refurbish them and return them to their current locations when work is complete. We will be seeking your suggestions on potential uses for the buildings." This is exactly the solution for Ferguson St.

    beegee asked 9 days ago

    Hi there, apologies if our answer wasn't clear. To clarify, it is important to note that each level crossing location is unique, including geological conditions and the structural condition of elements such as station buildings. So, a design that works well for one area – for example at Balcombe Road in Mentone – may not suit another. 

    How easily a building can be relocated is dependent on a number of factors, including the existing condition of the structure, the type of build of the structure (e.g. brick, timber) and the surrounding space available. 

    There is limited space near the North Williamstown Station buildings, and given their existing condition and the fact they're built from brick, it is unlikely that they would be able to be relocated during construction whilst maintaining their structural integrity.

  • What clearance has been allowed between the underside of the rail bridge and the roadway and what is the average height from this point and the top of the power supply masts/gantries in the Rail Over Road option?

    beegee asked 9 days ago

    Hi, thanks for your question. If we elevate the rail line over Ferguson Street, the minimum height clearance under the bridge would be 5.4m. The top of the U-trough (the part of the structure the trains would sit in) would be about 8m above ground level. The structure dimensions and their positions are still under development, however if there was an overhead gantry positioned near Ferguson Street, it would be about 14.3m above the road.

  • Hi, In an answer to a question on roads you'd said "All roads within the project area other than Ferguson Street, Kororoit Creek Road and Melbourne Road are local roads.". A much earlier question on the project area received the answer "a project area cannot be designated until we have determined a design solution for the level crossing removal". Melbourne Road being "in the project area" suggests that there is a known project area so can you advise what that area is. Also, Melbourne Road seems quite remote from the crossing so why would it be included in the project at all - are there some works thought for it? Regards

    bikehs7 asked 10 days ago


    Hello, thanks for your question. While we still don't have a final design or exact project area for this project, we have identified a large study area that includes where works for both possible designs could take place, as well as where service relocations and minor intersection works may be required. 

    At this stage, the Melbourne Road and Ferguson Street intersection, and the Melbourne Road and Station Street intersection are within the study area.

  • I wish to emphasize the importance of having full and complete solutions to pedestrians crossing the roads around the station. As mentioned below, the "Preliminary Design Assessment" stated "better pedestrian crossings ...are not within the scope of the project" and your response reiterated this, stating only that you will "work closely with the Hobsons Bay City Council". Not a convincing commitment this will be addressed in the near future. To not incorporate solutions for pedestrians now in the Project - this has been identified as a major factor stopping traffic - seems to be a somewhat arbitrary method of saving money (the project would I assume be in the order of $150 million), considering pedestrian flow is such an integral component of the functioning of the station. What if the optimum solutions were physically integral with the station construction? The implication is that the Council, and or "other transport agencies" would be up for most of the costs of pedestrian measures. Has money been committed anywhere outside of the project to address the pedestrian issues? Also, there seems to have been no, or minimal, discussion of the station straddling Ferguson St. If this was done, particularly with a central platform, this would seem to be a relatively cost effective way of getting pedestrians across Ferguson street. Why was this not discussed in the options-with rail over, or under?

    Mal Kilpatrick asked 13 days ago

    Hi Mal, thank you for getting in touch. We understand the community would like to see improved pedestrian crossings and we are keeping this in mind as we continue to develop the designs. We cannot comment on funding available outside of this project. 

    We investigated the possibility of building a grade-separated pedestrian crossing integrated with the rail-over structure, but found there is not enough space for a structure that would meet all required DDA standards, and have the access points in logical/accessible locations. 

    The station is unable to be moved further south to span Ferguson Street due to the limited space available on the southern side of the existing level crossing. There are residential and commercial properties on the south-east and the Mobil licensed pipeline on the south-west, so to avoid property acquisition and delays to the project, we plan to keep the station in its current location to the north of Ferguson Street.

  • With underground method why isn't the pedestrian access to station via walkway following track underground to Victoria st , constructed with slope for wheelchair access. Also save the station buildings by using a single rail track.

    Wayne E asked 12 days ago

    Hi Wayne, thanks for getting in touch. An underground pedestrian connection was investigated and did not fit due to the space constraints on the southern side of the rail corridor where there is not enough space between the existing properties and the Mobil pipeline to create a solution which was accessible, safe and well lit. 

    The Department of Transport – not LXRP – is responsible for future network planning and making any changes to the rail network, and it has no plans to reduce the Williamstown line to a single track.

  • In the picture at the top of this page 2 trains are passing at the actual crossing at the same time. This is a rare, but obviously possible, event that stops traffic for a much shorter period of time. More often than not, the 2 trains pass separately by 2-3 minutes so the stoppage is excessive & frustratingly long (=3 times as long in total as the time it takes a single train). Note that 110 trains passing through actually = 55 stoppages with overly long delays. Why can't/don't they always pass together? Or, tweak the timetable so that they pass through the Giffard St. gates together (where this is less of everything to congest) and one at a time at Ferguson St. And why aren't the pedestrian lights programmed so that at least some built up traffic has a chance to move & clear before being re-stopped?

    lphistory asked 12 days ago

    As Melbourne's train network is integrated, one minor alteration to the timetable can have a significant impact on the rest of the timetable. It is not feasible to design the timetable or operate the network to facilitate boom gate timings due to various operational factors. If you would like further information on train timetabling, we recommend that you get in contact with Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM). 

    We are investigating potential opportunities for improvements to existing pedestrian crossings with Department of Transport and Hobsons Bay City Council, which could be delivered as part of the project or at a later date by others. 

  • Since the W'town Town Hall gathering in now not happening, will you keep this on-line Q & A forum open for a longer period? And why is this expensive project still going ahead....and still not solve the issues of safety and congestion... when $170m+ would go a long way to a) do urgent repairs on the Albury/Wodonga line b) infrastructure etc. that forgotten, fire-ravaged Gippsland is still waiting for, c) a list too long to outline here that all Victoria needs to get us through Covid-19?

    lphistory asked 12 days ago

    Hello lphistory, thanks for your question. Based on current health advice from the Department of Health and Human Services, we had no option other than to cancel the face-to-face portion of our community consultation for this project. 

    While we do not have plans to extend the consultation period, we have increased resources to facilitate the online portion of our engagement, and have sent hardcopy surveys to people living in the Williamstown area. 

    This level crossing is one of 75 targeted for removal by LXRP and funded by the Victorian Government, so we will continue our technical assessments and community consultation to help inform a final design. 

  • Following on from a question asked a couple of days ago regarding the '550 metres of open space' with elevated rail - taking out the roadway itself, the existing station buildings and the new station that will need to be built it is impossible to see any 'open space' being created. All that will be 'freed up' will some space occupied by the tracks in a tiny section near the road, and this will be underneath a solid double-width rail bridge.

    beegee asked 14 days ago

    Hello, thank you for your question.

    To clarify, while some of the space below the elevated rail would not be accessible, there would be some space available for the community to access under the station and near Ferguson Street to the north of the road.

  • Why are the station buildings in the Rail Under road option noted as "may need to be removed" when the rail under road project for Mentone - which has a very similar layout to Ferguson St - has kept the existing station buildings in its design? It is an excellent solution and one that should be replicated in Williamstown.

    beegee asked 14 days ago

    Thanks for your question.

    Each level crossing is unique and a design that works well for one area may not suit another. In this case, if we were to lower the rail line, at least one of the station buildings would need to be removed to provide access for construction. This is because the station buildings are located either side of the tracks and there is no space to move the station or tracks to another location.

    Also, we would not be able to fit a rail trench between the two buildings in their current location, as additional room would be required for piling to reinforce the structure.

  • Why was the Balcombe Rd removal able to maintain the station buildings, but the proposal suggests the need to remove them for rail under?

    sbegley asked 14 days ago

    Hi, thanks for your question.

    Each level crossing is unique and a design that works well for one area may not suit another. In this case, if we were to lower the rail line, at least one of the station buildings would need to be removed to provide access for construction. This is because the station buildings are located either side of the tracks and there is no space to move the station or tracks to another location.

    Also, we would not be able to fit a rail trench between the two buildings in their current location, as additional room would be required for piling to reinforce the structure.

  • Why does the rail under option not include covering of the cutting as has been done in the Balcombe Rd removal?

    sbegley asked 14 days ago

    Thanks for your question.

    Each level crossing is unique and a design that works well for one area may not suit another. At Balcombe Road in Mentone, a station deck over part of the trench was possible due to the station being moved and its proximity to Balcombe Road. The local council also contributed significant funding for an extension of that station's deck.

    At Ferguson Street, the station will remain in its existing location due to the limited space available. At this stage, under the rail-under design, the area between the road and the station concourse is shown as open to allow natural light to enter the cutting where the platforms will be located. This would also provide some passive surveillance from the surface level. If a rail under road solution is selected the exact size of the concourse will be determined as the design develops.

  • Will either of the proposed designs require additional pedestrian traffic lights? The current set outside the Rifle Club Hotel are the main cause of delays in the crossing area but it is hard to see how all pedestrians can be expected to safely cross here when there is so much pedestrian traffic on the east side of the tracks. Surely another set of lights will be required on this side to ensure train patrons can safely reach the station?

    beegee asked 14 days ago

    Hi Beegee, thanks for your question.

    We have heard that the community would like to see better pedestrian crossings and a more streamlined local road network.

    While these items are not currently within the project scope, we will work closely with Hobsons Bay City Council and other transport agencies on future plans for this precinct.

  • The area between the rail yard and the fenced off ground (private property) will not allow use of area under the raised rail option, will this be fenced off? We are concerned this will become a dead end area where graffiti, drugs, iniquitous behaviour will be rife.

    sbegley asked 14 days ago

    Hello, thank you for your question.

    If we were to build an elevated rail, the rail corridor north of the station precinct will be fenced off so that the general public cannot enter this area.

  • What is the highest height (i.e. roof height, not rail height) of the proposed rail over option? Why was this not included in the pamphlet issued?

    sbegley asked 14 days ago

    Hi, thanks for your question.

    In the Preliminary Design Assessment brochure, the estimated height of an elevated rail over Ferguson Street would be about eight metres. This includes the minimum height clearance from the road to the underside of the rail bridge, plus an estimation of height of any architectural finishes.

    Architectural finishes are yet to be determined and as the design develops, these values could change.

  • Hi, In the rail over solution it is said that the bridge is about 900m long. Having seen some of the other elevated rail solutions I note that some length under the rail bridge is filled in and not accessible. About how much of the 900m length would be likely filled in? Regards

    bikehs7 asked 17 days ago

    Hi, thanks for your question.

    If we were to build an elevated rail, there would need to be retaining walls to support the bridge as it rises. About 350m of the 900m structure would be filled in with retaining walls. This leaves about 550m of open space, which includes space between the rail yard and properties, and the area where the station and road are.

  • Hi, On the rail under and rail over artists impressions there is land on the north east along power street in front of the station shown as grassland. This is the area in front of the Williamstown bound platform, to the north side of the carpark and runs along Power Street. Looking closely at the artists impression I can see what looks like a fence around it and currently that area is indeed fenced off. This is that area currently part of the project and destined to be public open space since I thought it was privately owned. Regards

    bikehs7 asked 17 days ago

    Hi, thanks for your question.

    The land you're referring to is currently owned by Department of Health and Human Services. We will need to use this land during construction, and part of the land will be required for the station.

    Once construction is completed, the remaining portion of land will be returned to the Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Hi, In the "PRELIMINARY DESIGN ASSESSMENT" there is a info box on "Pedestrian crossings and local road upgrades" which are described as being out of scope. It does not define what is a "local road" nor constrain definition for roads to being either "local" or "non-local". It is also ambiguous about pedestrian crossings. - Are pedestrian crossings on all roads out of scope or is it just pedestrian crossings on local roads that are out of scope i.e. is a pedestrian crossing on a road not considered a "local road" in scope? - Are "roads" only those which are actually called "road" or does it include things called "street", "court", etc? - If a road is not considered a "local road" then can it be considered a "non-local road" or are there multiple other designations you may use for a road outside of "local road"? - What is the definition you use for a road being a "local road"? - In particular, from the streets visible on the designs, could you advise what you consider is local or otherwise for the list of roads; Victoria Street, Kororoit Creek Road, Champion Road, Power Street, Station Road, Ferguson Street, Railway Place, Railway Cresent, Little Ferguson Street. Regards

    bikehs7 asked 17 days ago

    Hi, thanks for your question.

    The scope of this project is to remove the existing level crossing. Pedestrian crossings on all roads within the project area are not part of the scope of this project, but we will work closely with Hobsons Bay City Council and other transport agencies on future plans for this precinct.

    Depending on what design is selected, there may be an opportunity to start implementing these plans at the same time as our level crossing removal works.

    All roads in the project area, including streets, crescents and places, are defined as roads. There are a number of types of roads, including local, arterial and freeways, which are determined according to their function and capacity. Local roads are largely the neighbourhood street system, which are to mostly handle local traffic. Typically, these roads will be managed by the local council, whilst arterial roads and freeways will be managed by Department of Transport.

    All roads within the project area other than Ferguson Street, Kororoit Creek Road and Melbourne Road are local roads.

  • Hi there, can we see the actual feedback from the community that was submitted in the 261 online feedback forms as part of last year's consultations? ie. in the same way that we can see the questions people have asked on this page. It would be really useful to see the variety of feedback rather than the brief summary presented in your document "What we heard" (March 2020). Thanks

    beegee asked 18 days ago

    Hi Beegee, thanks for getting in touch. 

    The questions we asked in the last phase of community consultation were broad and open ended. The responses provided by the community have been analysed by the project team and will continue to guide the design development process. We won't be releasing the raw data. 

    Feedback that was added to the Places Tool on this page can still be viewed here - https://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/fergusonstreet?tool=map#tool_tab

  • Will Public Forums at Wtown Town Hall be going ahead under latest restrictions of numbers of people meeting?

    Mary O'Donoghue asked 22 days ago

    Hi Mary, thanks for your question.

    Based on current health advice, our Ferguson Street community information sessions have been cancelled.

    Find out more here - https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/events/ferguson-street-community-drop-in-session-march-2020

  • I understand that due to Covid-19 concerns the March community consultations cannot go ahead. However, why have they been cancelled and not just postponed? It seems the LXRA and ALP has already decided the cheapest option (is Skyrail) is the way to go and community consultations are just a farce.

    CA asked 20 days ago

    Hi there, thanks for getting in touch.

    Based on current health advice from the Department of Health and Human Services, we had no option other than to cancel the face-to-face portion of our community consultation for Ferguson Street, Williamstown.

    We are working hard to ensure that there are still a number of ways you can engage with us on this project.

    We have increased resources to facilitate the online portion of our engagement, with many people already submitting useful feedback and asking questions about the two proposed designs through Facebook and YourLevelCrossings.

    You can also contact our call centre on 1800 105 105 or contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au.

    No decision has been made about which of the two designs will go-ahead for this project. A decision will not be made until this phase of community consultation closes and feedback is analysed, along with all technical considerations. 

    With DHHS restrictions on gatherings of people into the foreseeable future and to ensure we continue working work to deliver this project by 2022, we are unable to reschedule the face-to-face sessions at this time.

    We will continue to update the community through our website, Facebook and e-updates.

  • Spotswood is a major issue with ongoing delays. There was an unfortunate incident a few weeks ago. Will this crossing near scienceworks be looked at?

    Kris asked 3 months ago

    Hi Kris,

    We appreciate your feedback and the tragedy of accidents at level crossings.

    The level crossing on Hudsons Road near Spotswood Station is not one of the 75 the government has committed to remove by 2025. We appreciate that there are other level crossings across the network that could be removed, however we need to focus on the 75 currently committed for removal. 

  • I'd asked about scope and received an answer that I seek clarification for. You talked of "feasible designs" to be presented in 2020 when more information about scope can be provided. You then talked of "design solution" being selected when the project scope can be determined. How is the "design solution" selected and would this "design solution that is selected" be, in normal course, one of the "feasible designs" that go out to the community? It is not clear what is the process that changes "feasible designs" where "more information about project scope is known" to "selected design solution" when "scope is determined" i.e. how much or what type of community input is in that process.

    bikehs7 asked 4 months ago

    Thanks for the follow up question and sorry if our earlier responses have caused any confusion. To clarify, in 2020 we will let you know which design solutions are feasible, and then we will select a design from the feasible options (based on technical factors and feedback). We are planning to undertake consultation at each point and we welcome feedback about what we should include in our project scope.

  • Is the level crossing being removed to accomodate more Trucks? Rumour has it, that is the true agenda, once the Westgate tunnel is completed and the level crossing is removed, will Williamstown and Newport residents be inundated with Trucks?

    mili_ssa asked 4 months ago

    Hi, thanks for the question. No, it's not being removed to accommodate more trucks - the crossing is being removed to improve safety and reduce congestion. It has a terrible safety record with a number of incidents and near misses. To understand what is likely to happen with truck movements we will need to discuss broader network plans with relevant teams in the Department of Transport and undertake traffic modelling for each feasible design option. We will also consult the community on the feasible designs.

  • I've been trying to understand scope and when I look at the LXRP business plan I see in s9.4 a deliverable of "A detailed scope description of the recommended solution". Will we get to see this such that we know what is and is not in scope for the project such that we are not surprised on finding something is "out of scope" later on? When will it be known what the scope is - at what stage of the consultation or construction?

    bikehs7 asked 4 months ago

    Hello, thanks for your question. The scope for the project can only be determined once a design solution has been selected. We plan to go out to the community with feasible designs in 2020, at which time we will be able to provide more information about the project scope.

  • Are your plans to go ABOVE sky rail ? If this is the case it will : • Take away the heritage environment of Williamstown which is old world and unique, and has many Victorian and Edwardian properties and tree lined streets • ABOVE is far too big for the area, with townhouses right on the railway line, plus homes, shops etc. • Properties in the area will devalue and as the railway line is so close there will be a lot of soot, dust etc. causing a health issue to the residence in that area who may not even be aware • Having UNDER would make it available to plant more trees, garden (greenery) and the streets going into Kororoit Creek/Ferguson/Railway/Victoria etc. could have a stop sign giving way (there would be no pedestrians or cyclists as this would all be under. I feel this would be the best option, your thoughts please. OR Not remove and put under pedestrian access and cyclist as previously.

    Sally Jay asked 4 months ago

    Hi Sally, thanks for your feedback. We have not yet determined the best way to remove the level crossing at Ferguson Street. Factors such as community feedback, heritage, impacts to nearby properties and environmental impacts will be considered when developing the designs for the level crossing removal.

  • Afternoon, Where can I register to attend the Community Consultation meeting to be held at the Williamstown Town Hall - Thursday 28 Nov?? Regards Dorothy

    Dorothy asked 4 months ago

    Hi Dorothy, thanks for getting in touch.

    The session on Thursday 28 November is booked out. For those that can’t make it to the workshops, we’ve also replicated the feedback structure of the workshops on our online portal, your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/fergusonstreet 

    You can provide feedback online at any time during this consultation period and this input will be used alongside the in-person feedback from those attending the workshops. This will not be the only chance for people to provide feedback – there will be several opportunities in the future, as this project progresses through the planning phase.

  • What is the budget for this project? thanks

    Tarli asked 5 months ago

    There is no specific budget at this stage for this site – this will be confirmed once a design has been finalised and a contract has been awarded.

  • At present the arrival of a train (of which there are only 3 per hour, in each direction) provides a welcome stop in the flow of traffic to allow the entry of cars from side streets (eg. Victoria St, Railway Pl) into Ferguson St/Kororoit Creek Rd. If the boom gates are removed, how is this traffic going to be able to get out? Traffic lights will be needed surely?

    Tarli asked 5 months ago

    Hi Tarli, this is something we will look at when we do our traffic modelling. At this stage we have baseline traffic counts and when we prepare designs we will do traffic modelling to see how the traffic would flow. If the modelling shows an issue we can then make adjustments to the designs in response. This could include, for example, altering the existing pedestrian crossings to ensure that there are sufficient breaks in traffic to keep the intersections flowing. Note that the timetables for the Williamstown line have many more than three services per hour in peak periods - for example, there are more than 10 in the 7am to 9am morning peak.

  • Based on actual video surveillance during peak times, the Williamstown Crossing Group found that the pedestrian crossing was the more significant impediment to traffic flows than the boom gates. Is this acknowledged by the LXRP, and how is this problem to be addressed to ensure there is maximum effectiveness achieved from the final design?

    Tarli asked 5 months ago

    Hi Tarli, we are aware that the pedestrian lights are also a source of delays. As part of our consultation with the local community we are asking questions about pedestrian and cycling movements around the level crossing. This feedback will inform decisions about the designs.

  • Where is the published information on so-called 'incidents and near misses'? How is this information collected?

    Tarli asked 5 months ago

    Hi Tarli, safety incident data has been sourced from national and state rail safety regulators. Incident data must be reported by rail operators and can include fatal or non-fatal collisions between a train and a vehicle or pedestrian, as well as near misses. A near miss occurs when the train driver takes emergency action (or would have if there was sufficient time) – such as sounding a continuous horn or applying emergency brakes to avoid impact.

  • This crossing needs to be a cut and cover, as over the past few years the railways have sold off the land along the line to developers to build multi storey flats. These properties cannot have trains passing by, so close to their windows. You can then sell off the airspace above the existing station for more housing to offset th extra costs involved.

    greg murphy asked 5 months ago

    Hi Greg, thanks for your feedback. We have not yet determined the best way to remove the level crossing. Factors such as the impacts to nearby properties, as well as feedback from the community, will certainly be considered.

  • Following development of options, will the community be involved in the decision making process with these?

    Mal Kilpatrick asked 4 months ago

    Hi Mal, yes we will undertake further community consultation next year.

  • What is the major reason for getting rid of this crossing when there are others that need doing such as Spotswood and Yarraville?

    Williamstown Local asked 5 months ago

    Hi Williamstown Local, the major reason is that the Ferguson Street level crossing has a terrible safety record with a number of incidents and near misses. 

  • What studies or modelling of district truck movements has been done to ensure that Ferguson St/Kororoit Creek Rd doesn't get more truck traffic through what is a purely residential area? This is especially of interest to this community since truck bans have been announced for major east-west arterial roads elsewhere in our district eg. Francis St?

    Tarli asked 5 months ago

    Hi Tarli, We have taken baseline traffic and pedestrian counts and will undertake modelling when we develop designs. In choosing a design the project team considers impacts to local roads both long term and during construction. The project is in the early planning phase and we have not yet determined the design.

  • What is Melissa Horne’s official position on the crossing removal? Does she want rail under road, or does she support sky rail, or road over rail? She should come clean with what, as our local member, she wants for her electorate!

    msutho asked 5 months ago

    Hi msutho, this question is best directed to the Member for Williamstown.

  • How does the LXRP propose to provide a holistic approach to the design to include all aspects of traffic movement (vehicles, cyclists, disabled personnel, pedestrians …etc) for both local and through traffic outside the immediate area of the level crossing

    bikehs7 asked 5 months ago

    The purpose of this phase of consultation is to ask the community what's important and how they move around the local area, and that feedback will help inform our designs.

  • Has the LXRP assessed the potential for larger vehicles and those with multiple trailers to utilise the crossing after the boom gates have been removed, as well as the potential for large vehicular traffic from the Newport Railway Workshops and Altona industrial area

    bikehs7 asked 5 months ago

    No - however, our project team will discuss broader network plans with the relevant teams within the Department of Transport when we develop designs. Designs have not yet been developed.

  • I notice sometimes that there are designations of the project area for some of the level crossing removals in govt gazettes with a delay between them appearing in the gazette and when they were submitted to the central planning office. Case in point is the Bell and Moreland Level Crossing Removal Project where the gazette of 7 November 2019 (S450) says the plans were lodged 22 November 2018. Have there been such plans lodged with the central planning office for Ferguson St crossing removal that are yet to appear in a gazette?

    bikehs7 asked 5 months ago

    Hi Bikehs7, a project area cannot be designated until we have determined a design solution for the level crossing removal.

  • What criteria need to be met for the train line to be put under the road rather than up in the air?

    Justinb asked 5 months ago

    Hi Justinb, there are a range of factors which help determine which designs are used to remove level crossings. These factors may include conditions at the location, geotechnical and engineering assessments, and community input.