Werribee Street level crossing down

Trains are now running on a new one-kilometre rail bridge at Werribee Street, following the removal of the level crossing.

Removing the crossing at this key connection between Werribee and Wyndham Vale will improve travel and safety for the 20,000 vehicles that pass through each, meaning no more long waits at the boom gates while freight trains pass, which can be up to 1.5 kilometres long.

The elevated rail has also delivered 30,000 square metres of open space for the community, adjoining existing parkland around the Wyndham Park and the Werribee River.

Alongside more green space and a brand-new skate park, a pair of gigantic emu feet will take pride of place at the base of two bridge columns, the creation of prominent Indigenous artist Vicki Couzens.

The emu art is based on a traditional Wadawurrung story, and the 8.5-metre-long sculptures will be echoed through a series of footprints etched into a pathway leading towards the Werribee River. A ‘yarning circle’ representing an emu’s nest will be a central point for gathering and reflection.

The skate park will consist of a mixture of ramps, rails and obstacles for beginners through to experienced skaters, providing more options for locals of all ages to get active outdoors.

At Werribee’s nearby Cherry Street, the level crossing is on track to be removed by Easter, well ahead of its original 2022 target date, with a new road bridge separating cars from trains, connecting Tarneit Road to Princess Highway.

Major construction on the area’s third level crossing removal project at Old Geelong Road, Hoppers Crossing, is about to kick off, with crews starting work next week to lift huge retaining wall panels into place, the first steps in building a new road bridge that will remove this notorious crossing for good.

The Level Crossing Removal Project will remove a level crossing every four weeks on average in 2021. For more information about these projects, visit levelcrossings.vic.gov.au.