Western Program Alliance wins level crossing removal contract in VIC

Artist impression of the new North Williamstown Station, courtesy of the Level Crossing Removal Project.

The Level Crossing Removal Project has appointed the Western Program Alliance (WPA) to remove the Ferguson Street level crossing in Williamstown, VIC.

McConnell Dowell, Arup, Mott MacDonald and Metro Trains Melbourne make up the WPA.

This project will see the rail line lowered underneath the road, removing the level crossing. The alliance will also build the new North Williamstown Station.

Construction of the project is set to get underway in February.

Previously the crossing has seen two fatalities, one collision with a cyclist and at least five near misses.

Around 25,000 vehicles use the crossing daily and 110 trains pass through, forcing the closure of the boom gates.

Teams will begin construction by excavating a 750 metre trench underneath the road, removing enough material to fill 20 Olympic swimming pools.

Ferguson Street will then be rebuilt over the trench before tracks are set down beneath the road and the new station is erected.

A three month rail line closure is expected in late 2021 to accomodate project works before completion in 2022.

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