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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Melissa Horne, Williamstown MLA

HOBSONS BAY: North W’town crossing plans

Labor MLA Melissa Horne has spoken of proposed changes to the North Williamstown railway crossing.

“In July 2020 I visited the Ferguson St level crossing in Williamstown North with the Minister for Transport Infrastructure to announce that its removal would be a rail-under-road design,” Mr Horne said.

“Across all three rounds of consultation approximately 1800 submissions were received from the local community, with them overwhelmingly endorsing a rail-under-road grade separation.

“Following this, earlier this month [October] the Victorian Government revealed a detailed design for the new North Williamstown station, and it is really exciting.

“This new design will retain the original red-brick building on the western side of the station, and there are a range of architectural features that will keep the heritage feel.

“In addition the new station will incorporate a new secure bike shelter and new gardens and new walking paths for the local community to enjoy.

“This upgrade will also deliver new signalised
pedestrian crossings, making it safer and easier for pedestrians to access the station, particularly a number of schoolchildren. Not only will it make it safer for road and rail users, but it will also improve congestion in the area.

“One of the most important aspects, though, of the new station design will be the accessibility that incorporates lifts and ramps as alternatives to stairs at entry points, making sure that everyone of every mobility can enjoy the new station,” Ms Horne said