More success for our Western Program Alliance (WPA) with this week’s signing of a contract to remove the dangerous and congested level crossing at Ferguson Street, Williamstown, in Victoria.

WPA, which also includes Arup, Mott MacDonald and Metro Trains Melbourne, will lower the rail line under the road, remove the level crossing and build a brand-new North Williamstown Station. 

Once construction teams are up and running next year, their major task after establishing site, will be to prepare to excavate a 750-metre trench through hard basalt rock and clay, removing enough material to fill 20 Olympic swimming pools.  

From there they will rebuild Ferguson Street over the new trench, lay tracks beneath the road, and build the new North Williamstown Station. Construction for this massive undertaking will require a three-month closure of the rail line in late 2021.

The local community embraced the several opportunities to shape the project, responding in force even through Coronavirus restriction periods. More than 1,800 surveys were completed across three rounds of consultation.

And speaking of innovative ways to engage during COVID check out the ‘virtual information room’ containing detailed images and insights into the project and the design at engage.vic.gov.au/lxrp-ferguson-street

Our team will now establish site early next year and the project is set to be finished by 2022.