Werribee Street, Werribee

The Werribee Street level crossing is used by 20,000 vehicles daily, and more than 100 freight and regional trains pass through each week. This crossing is being removed as part of a major infrastructure overhaul to improve connections in Melbourne’s west.

Removing this crossing will provide more reliable travel times and reduce congestion, improving the journey for all road users including pedestrians and cyclists.


The designs

Artist impression only. Subject to change.

Design A: a rail bridge over Werribee Street is the preferred design

The level crossing can be removed by elevating the Werribee line over the road. We would build three elevated rail bridges that would begin to rise after the Werribee River to reduce environmental impacts. The rail bridge structure would be around one-kilometre long and six metres high when it crosses Werribee Street.

This structure would allow for freight and regional trains to travel across.

Benefits

A rail bridge design takes advantage of Wyndham City Council’s multi-million-dollar improvements at Wyndham Park, and will open up the space below the rail line for the community to enjoy.

The new bridge can be built within the existing rail reserve and is unlikely to cause significant disruption to local road users.

Challenges

We’ll need to build a big structure with longer ramps to allow for the heavy freight trains to travel over Werribee Street. This can be built without any impact on the Werribee River.

Design A is the preferred design as it enhances the significant upgrades that are already underway at Wyndham Park and unlocks more space for the community to enjoy.


Artist impression only. Subject to change.

Design B: a new road bridge at Bulban Road is the other feasible design

To help ease traffic congestion around this important link between Werribee and Wyndham Vale, with build a new road bridge to connect Bulban Road and Princes Highway.

Benefits

A road bridge would make it easier to travel between Princes Highway, Bulban Road, Ballan Road and Cottrell Street, removing the need to travel through multiple sets of traffic lights.

With the existing crossing closed to traffic, a new pedestrian and cyclist overpass would be built. This would include new landscaping and some community areas.

Challenges

As the current crossing would be closed to traffic, vehicles would detour onto the new bridge and an increase in journey time could be expected for some users travelling between Cottrell and Werribee streets.

Construction would be delayed by up to two years while we relocated the critical oil pipeline.

Princes Highway would be significantly impacted during construction, meaning major diversions and delays getting into and out of Werribee.

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


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 Werribee Street level crossing is used by 20,000 vehicles daily, and more than 100 freight and regional trains pass through each week. This crossing is being removed as part of a major infrastructure overhaul to improve connections in Melbourne’s west.

Removing this crossing will provide more reliable travel times and reduce congestion, improving the journey for all road users including pedestrians and cyclists.


The designs

Artist impression only. Subject to change.

Design A: a rail bridge over Werribee Street is the preferred design

The level crossing can be removed by elevating the Werribee line over the road. We would build three elevated rail bridges that would begin to rise after the Werribee River to reduce environmental impacts. The rail bridge structure would be around one-kilometre long and six metres high when it crosses Werribee Street.

This structure would allow for freight and regional trains to travel across.

Benefits

A rail bridge design takes advantage of Wyndham City Council’s multi-million-dollar improvements at Wyndham Park, and will open up the space below the rail line for the community to enjoy.

The new bridge can be built within the existing rail reserve and is unlikely to cause significant disruption to local road users.

Challenges

We’ll need to build a big structure with longer ramps to allow for the heavy freight trains to travel over Werribee Street. This can be built without any impact on the Werribee River.

Design A is the preferred design as it enhances the significant upgrades that are already underway at Wyndham Park and unlocks more space for the community to enjoy.


Artist impression only. Subject to change.

Design B: a new road bridge at Bulban Road is the other feasible design

To help ease traffic congestion around this important link between Werribee and Wyndham Vale, with build a new road bridge to connect Bulban Road and Princes Highway.

Benefits

A road bridge would make it easier to travel between Princes Highway, Bulban Road, Ballan Road and Cottrell Street, removing the need to travel through multiple sets of traffic lights.

With the existing crossing closed to traffic, a new pedestrian and cyclist overpass would be built. This would include new landscaping and some community areas.

Challenges

As the current crossing would be closed to traffic, vehicles would detour onto the new bridge and an increase in journey time could be expected for some users travelling between Cottrell and Werribee streets.

Construction would be delayed by up to two years while we relocated the critical oil pipeline.

Princes Highway would be significantly impacted during construction, meaning major diversions and delays getting into and out of Werribee.

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


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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  • The preferred option with the Werribee Street Crossing is elevation. Then the westbound track goes back down, before it has to rise again to get to the former Manor Station site (the Wyndham tip). This is nuts! Also, west of Werribee is in high development mode. There already exists the Galvin/Browns Road Level Crossing. Eventually the Armstrong/Ison Roads to Browns Road Level Crossing will be needed. It is foolish not to consider these crossings in the Werribee Street plan.

    AST asked 3 months ago

    The level crossings that we are removing are selected on a range of criteria including safety, congestion, and the improvement of the wider road and rail networks. The State Government would like to keep improving Melbourne's transport network, and continue to explore options for more level crossing removals.

  • Re Werribee street crossing. Rail should be left as is & Roads be a triangular series with Ballan/Bulban Rds roundabout met by Princes Hwy nth/eastward overpass and Werribee Str nth/westward overpass. Similar road overpass is being built at Aircraft/Laverton. Road East/West to/from Geelong directly into Werribee central will be maintained noting reduced traffic when Duncan’s Rd/ Geelong Freeway diamond opens. Similarly, pressure on the existing intersection at the rail line will be diminished when the overpass West of Alfred Rd opens taking traffic north to Bulban Rd & Hartley estate. This triangular option avoids significant noise transfer to residents by a raised rail, and gives priority to road commuters heading East/West between Geelong & Hoppers Crossing via Cottrell Str and Nth/Sth between Werribee central & Wyndhamvale.

    FarrahOntour asked 3 months ago

    Hi Farrah, we'd suggest attending our community drop-in sessions where you can learn about site constraints and speak to a project team member face to face. Find out more about the events here - https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/events/werribee-and-hoppers-crossing-community-drop-in-sessions

  • Why don’t you build the rail bridge starting at the derrimut road underpass, build the tarneit road link to Hwy, keep cherry street open, rebuild Werribee station, but leave the heritage, and bring it down in same place opposite racecourse, it will enable more carparks at Werribee station, and improve the way traffic flows in werribee

    Ken83 asked 4 months ago

    Due to space constraints, an elevated rail structure would need to be built over the existing tracks, meaning major impacts to Metro train services during construction. The freight line running through the crossings can only be impacted for short periods. This means construction would extend by up to two years.

  • Will any upgrades and changes be made to the Werribee Street intersection during or after the removal of the level crossing?

    nigelgass asked 4 months ago

    Currently, upgrades to the current Werribee Street intersection are not within the project scope. Your feedback will be passed on to the design team and will be considered in developing the final design.

  • Why not make a new combined rail/river bridge from PRinces hwy to Ballan rd.. this would be a much better solution in my view. It would be more costly, but the traffic flow would be more laminar... point is to get maximum cars over the river/rail... towards freeway. Keep the existing crossing for local traffic flow. Main reason is that traffic in 20 years is going to be massive flows through there from manor lakes and beyond... just future proof it. The only downside is no geelong bound except by the existing crossing, but a additional crossing for geelong bound could be constructed down bulban road in the future, but currently i dont think the demand is the same for geelong bound as city bound... or Wyndham vale residents getting into werribee central.

    Aaron werribee asked 4 months ago

    Hi Aaron, thanks very much for those suggestions. 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 but were deemed to be not feasible visit this link: https://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/46976/documents/108564