Old Geelong Road, Hoppers Crossing

The Old Geelong Road level crossing in Hoppers Crossing is used by 18,000 vehicles each day. This is a congested bottleneck as traffic moves between Princes Highway and Princes Freeway.

Removing this crossing will improve safety, provide more reliable travel times and reduce congestion at this key connection point in Hoppers Crossing.

The designs

Artist impression only. Subject to change.

Design A: a new road bridge connecting Old Geelong Road and Princes Highway is the preferred design

Under this design, this level crossing would be removed by constructing a new road bridge over the rail line east of the existing crossing, directly connecting Princes Highway to Old Geelong Road and Heaths Road.

The existing crossing would be closed to traffic, making way for improved community spaces.. Hoppers Crossing train station would be accessed via a new elevated pedestrian and cyclist overpass, with improved access for people with a disability.

Benefits

Due to high traffic volumes, a road bridge would see commuter traffic kept to major roads, creating a safer shopping and station precinct for the Hoppers Crossing community.

By moving the road, we would be creating a direct link to Princes Freeway, meaning traffic will no longer create unnecessary congestion around the station precinct.

This design also simplifies the complex intersections at Old Geelong Road, Hoppers Lane and Princes Highway.

Challenges

To build the new road bridge and provide a direct connection between Princes Highway and Old Geelong Road, the project would need to acquire private land in one location.

Design A is the preferred design as it creates better traffic flow in the area and creates a better long-term outcome for Hoppers Crossing.


Artist impression only. Subject to change.

Design B: a new road bridge at level crossing site is the other feasible design

The other feasible design is to build a new road bridge at the current level crossing location. The bridge would begin to rise from the Morris Road roundabout and travel over the Werribee line and join Princes Highway at a new intersection.

Benefits

This new road bridge would join Princes Highway at a new signalised intersection. This provides the opportunity to reconfigure the intersection at Hoppers Lane.

Challenges

To keep the road in its current location, the bridge would form a barrier between local shops and the station precinct.

This design would be complex to build, meaning disruptions to the station and shopping precinct.

We would need to acquire some land around the new road bridge with access to some properties affected.

For information on other designs that were assessed as not feasible, view the Old Geelong Road Technical Brochure.

Planning Scheme Amendment

The Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) will request that the Minister for Planning make a change to the Wyndham Planning Scheme to help facilitate works the remove the level crossing.

This is known as a Planning Scheme Amendment (PSA). The formal consultation period on the proposed PSA is now open, and you have the opportunity to formally submit feedback below.

The Old Geelong Road level crossing in Hoppers Crossing is used by 18,000 vehicles each day. This is a congested bottleneck as traffic moves between Princes Highway and Princes Freeway.

Removing this crossing will improve safety, provide more reliable travel times and reduce congestion at this key connection point in Hoppers Crossing.

The designs

Artist impression only. Subject to change.

Design A: a new road bridge connecting Old Geelong Road and Princes Highway is the preferred design

Under this design, this level crossing would be removed by constructing a new road bridge over the rail line east of the existing crossing, directly connecting Princes Highway to Old Geelong Road and Heaths Road.

The existing crossing would be closed to traffic, making way for improved community spaces.. Hoppers Crossing train station would be accessed via a new elevated pedestrian and cyclist overpass, with improved access for people with a disability.

Benefits

Due to high traffic volumes, a road bridge would see commuter traffic kept to major roads, creating a safer shopping and station precinct for the Hoppers Crossing community.

By moving the road, we would be creating a direct link to Princes Freeway, meaning traffic will no longer create unnecessary congestion around the station precinct.

This design also simplifies the complex intersections at Old Geelong Road, Hoppers Lane and Princes Highway.

Challenges

To build the new road bridge and provide a direct connection between Princes Highway and Old Geelong Road, the project would need to acquire private land in one location.

Design A is the preferred design as it creates better traffic flow in the area and creates a better long-term outcome for Hoppers Crossing.


Artist impression only. Subject to change.

Design B: a new road bridge at level crossing site is the other feasible design

The other feasible design is to build a new road bridge at the current level crossing location. The bridge would begin to rise from the Morris Road roundabout and travel over the Werribee line and join Princes Highway at a new intersection.

Benefits

This new road bridge would join Princes Highway at a new signalised intersection. This provides the opportunity to reconfigure the intersection at Hoppers Lane.

Challenges

To keep the road in its current location, the bridge would form a barrier between local shops and the station precinct.

This design would be complex to build, meaning disruptions to the station and shopping precinct.

We would need to acquire some land around the new road bridge with access to some properties affected.

For information on other designs that were assessed as not feasible, view the Old Geelong Road Technical Brochure.

Planning Scheme Amendment

The Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) will request that the Minister for Planning make a change to the Wyndham Planning Scheme to help facilitate works the remove the level crossing.

This is known as a Planning Scheme Amendment (PSA). The formal consultation period on the proposed PSA is now open, and you have the opportunity to formally submit feedback below.

Q&A

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  • I have viewed all the proposed changes to all the level crossings in Werribee and Hoppers Crossing. I have questions in regard to public transport, pedestrian access. At the Hoppers Crossing station the proposed design dose not make any mention of pedestrian access issues. If you get off the train at Hoppers Crossing and you need to get to the medical precinct in Hoppers Lane or the children going to the University in Hoppers Lane. How do we as foot traffic get there safety?

    Nurije asked 4 months ago

    The preferred design for the level crossing at Old Geelong Road will see a new road bridge built east of the existing crossing. A cyclist and pedestrian-friendly overpass will be built in its place, maintaining access to commuters who travel into Hoppers Crossing by train.

  • I live in Second Ave close to the current station in Hoppers Crossing/ Design A whilst being suggested as the best option does not seem to address the problem of access to Heaths Rd from my area in order to access the new road. Heaths Rd at the moment is a very busy road and I am concerned that, despite this being the best option, it will take as long to access the new road from Heaths Road for people living in my area (who would have to drive north to access the bridge to go onto the Freeway) as it does currently to wait at the existing crossing for the trains to go by. How easy is it going to be to access Heaths Rd in the first place to get to the new bridge?

    Maureen Prince asked 3 months ago

    Hi Maureen, 

    Thank you for your question. 

    Under the proposed design for the level crossing removal at Old Geelong Road, we will be shifting vehicle traffic to the east of the existing site. This means that there will be a continuous flow of traffic onto the Princes Highway and Princes Freeway. There will no longer be a stop to traffic flow by waiting at the boom gates – instead, traffic can travel along Old Geelong Road and past the shops to turn right onto the new bridge, from Second Avenue.

  • Any plan of moving the Hoppers Crossing station car parks from Old Geelong Rd? Building a new road bridge is a good idea. But in the end these cars will have to go to Old Geelong Rd for parking, which will cause the same traffic issues even without the level crossing.

    mset4 asked 3 months ago

    Hi there, thanks for your feedback.

    Under the proposed design, a new road bridge will be built to divert traffic toward the east of the existing level crossing site. As a result, Old Geelong Road will be closed off to motor vehicles entirely, with a cyclist and pedestrian-friendly overpass built in its place. As such, Hoppers Crossing Station itself and its station parking is not part of the project scope. 

    We will continue to work with other transport agencies on future plans for the station precinct.

  • I would recommend a south bound access to the freeway from the Hoppers rail overpass/access. Hoppers Crossing is severely constricted with exits to the freeway, and more so for a South Bound option. While Sneydes road does provide an option now, there is still a bottleneck to get to it, and still require several twists and turns through either narrow roads or constricted areas (School/medical zones) with are getting busier currently, but already have a high probably of creating an accident. The alternate options are 15 minutes driving through Werribee to what will be a new Diamond interchange on Duncans rd, or out near Wests Rd. The Alternative or Forsyth Rd is also potentially a 10-30 minute option depending on the time of day, even though it is closer, simply due to the terrible design and limited alternatives to get along Old Geelong road. In any case this overpass needs to service most of the Suburbs directly to the North and North-west of this point as a method of both crossing the rail corridor and also accessing the services to the south of the Rail corridor. Demand for both these aspects are growing as more businesses and services grow along the Hoppers Lane area, and with future growth in the greater Wyndham area expecting enormous growth over the next 10 years, each current and improved crossing point will be critical to movement of the local populus in accessing services and employment, both locally and along points on the freeway.

    mackkiwi asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for sharing your feedback with us.

    Currently, the proposed design for the level crossing removal in Hoppers Crossing will see traffic from Old Geelong Road and Heaths Road flow directly to the Princes Highway and Princes Freeway. Our traffic analysis is still being conducted in Hoppers Crossing and we are refining the designs based on new data. 

    Your suggestions have been forwarded through to the design and traffic teams, and will be assessed against the scope of the project.

  • I am concerned about the safety of vulnerable pedestrians in an area from which there is to be no longer vehicle traffic which provides a deterrent impact on potential offendors. Opportunistic crime - snatching of handbag/purse/personal electronic devices is an increasing issue in the local area and in Greater Melbourne Area also. Overpasses maybe safe enough at peak times but at offpeak times become "eerie" precincts where the crime and the threat of crime has strong negative impact on the community. Peoples safety is one of the most important responsibilities of State Government, but the designs seem to trade this off against the convenience of road users.

    A.I.R. Vic asked 3 months ago

    Hi there, thanks for your feedback. 

    The proposed design for removing the Old Geelong Road level crossing is to build a new road bridge east of the existing site. The current level crossing site will be closed off entirely to vehicles, improving safety for the busy shopping precinct. Access for pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained with a new overpass close to the existing crossing site. 

    Lighting and optimising safety are key to all our pedestrian and cycling path designs. Previous and future community consultation will focus on refining aspects of the new overpass to maintain and improve safety at all times.

  • I catch the bus to the train station and quite often miss the train due to traffic congestion. My question is, how far do we have to walk from the bus stop to the train station? sometimes we have only a couple of minutes to get to the train station before the train comes. My concern is that we will have to walk a fair distance to catch the train from either being dropped off or from the bus stop and miss the train. In the mornings I can only catch one bus as there is only one bus an hour currently operating in the Hoppers Crossing area where I live.

    Maria Wiks asked 3 months ago

    Hi Maria, thanks for your question. At this stage we are not proposing any significant changes to the placement of the bus stops at Hoppers Crossing Station. 

    If the preferred design is selected, a pedestrian and cyclist friendly overpass will be built so people can access the station. Even if a train is approaching the station, you’ll still be able to use the overpass to access the station platform.

  • Is there an illustration of how the cyclist & pedestrian overpass would be built? I can see a drawing for the roads, but not the overpass. It's pretty ambiguous of where the overpass would exactly be located.

    mset4 asked 3 months ago

    Currently, there is no updated render of the new cyclist and pedestrian-friendly overpass. This will be built in place at the existing crossing, however designs have not been finalised. 

    The design, look and feel of the new overpass will be influenced by technical assessments and recent community feedback. You can sign up for design and project updates at https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/contact/subscribe.

  • Any chance of building a pedestrian bridge over Princes Hwy connecting Hoppers Crossing station with Hoppers Lane where Werribee Mercy Hospital is?

    mset4 asked 3 months ago

    The proposed design includes a new cyclist and pedestrian-friendly overpass, which will maintain access to businesses for those on bike or on foot. 

    Building a pedestrian bridge that extends over the Princes Highway from Hoppers Crossing Station is currently not within the scope of the project.

  • Have you considered building a new station on the other side of the existing crossing as part of the upgrade, which would make Design B more practical for accessing the medical and university precinct, and eliminate issues regarding building over the existing station?

    Joe Bartolo asked 3 months ago

    Hi Joe, thanks for your question. Building a new station is not currently within the project scope. Under the preferred design, a new cyclist and pedestrian-friendly overpass will be built over the existing level crossing, which will be closed to local motor traffic. This will maintain access between the medical and educational precinct and the local shopping precinct.

  • Liaise with VicRoads and Wyndham City Council with respect to the possibility of a pedestrian bridge from Hoppers Crossing Station carpark, over the station, the Princes Highway and finish at the hospital side of the Princes Highway/Hoppers Lane intersection.

    AST asked 3 months ago

    Currently, the proposed design will see a new road bridge constructed over the rail line to the east of the existing crossing. 

    A new cyclist and pedestrian-friendly overpass will be built in its place to maintain access to the retail and station precinct. 

    A pedestrian bridge extending over the Princes Highway is not currently within the scope of the project, but this does not preclude the development of this structure in the future.

  • Will businesses in the shopping precinct near the Hoppers Crossing station be compensated for loss of earnings when the current railway crossing is closed?

    ConcernedResident1 asked 3 months ago

    People would still be able to access businesses as part of this design. People driving to access businesses either side of the existing crossing would be able to use the new route – which would be less than a kilometre east of the existing crossing – to get to their destination. 

    By shifting the crossing to the east, we are removing unnecessary congestion from the area. This will make the station precinct a friendlier place for rail commuters and local shoppers. 

    A new pedestrian and cycling-friendly overpass would ensure that access is maintained for those on foot or on their bike. This design would also impact businesses less during construction compared to other designs.

  • Why not an option C? Design A but keep the current level crossing for local traffic and for easier access to the hospital, medical and educational precinct for those living across the tracks, rather than causing more congestion at the new intersections. I'm a local resident and the proposed changes will cause more of an inconvenience than retaining the Old Geelong Rd level crossing as is.

    ConcernedResident1 asked 3 months ago

    Hi there, thanks for your suggestion. Our project is here to remove 75 level crossings across Melbourne, making communities safer and easier to get around. Building a new bridge and keeping the existing crossing open to local traffic does not meet our objectives of improving safety for all road users. For more information on options we have looked at but were deemed to be not feasible visit this link: https://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/47083/documents/108565

  • I have viewed all the proposed changes to all the level crossings in Werribee and Hoppers Crossing. I have questions in regard to public transport, pedestrian access. At the Hoppers Crossing station the proposed design dose not make any mention of pedestrian access issues. If you get off the train at Hoppers Crossing and you need to get to the medical precinct in Hoppers Lane or the children going to the University in Hoppers Lane. How do we as foot traffic get there safety?

    Nurije asked 4 months ago

    The preferred design for the level crossing at Old Geelong Road will see a new road bridge built east of the existing crossing. A cyclist and pedestrian-friendly overpass will be built in its place, maintaining access to commuters who travel into Hoppers Crossing by train.

  • What's the plan for the Federation Trail bike path? I currently use this to get to and from the station as it an off-road bike path to the station from the local area.

    Casper asked 4 months ago

    Thanks for your question. Currently, both of the feasible designs allow for cyclist and pedestrian connections to be maintained through the Hoppers Crossing station precinct. The preferred design, a new road bridge, will see the development of a cyclist and pedestrian overpass through the existing station area, while the road is diverted to the east of the existing crossing. Only motor traffic will be diverted to the east of the existing crossing. Pedestrian and cyclist access at the existing crossing will be maintained.