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Metro Tunnel

Construction at West Footscray station

To get the most out of the new underground rail line the Metro Tunnel Project built a new passenger platform and additional track at West Footscray Station

New platform

The new platform is now open at West Footscray Station.

Platform 1 can now be accessed for city-bound services via the concourse by taking the ramp or new lift down to the platform, or the new stairs on Cross Street

The new passenger platform is located on the northern side of West Footscray Station (Cross Street side) and services city-bound trains coming from Sunbury in peak periods. The existing city-bound platform is now used for trains to start and finish services at West Footscray Station.

Providing an additional platform for Sunbury line trains allows for an increase in the number of services and help ease overcrowding at West Footscray, Middle Footscray and Footscray stations during the morning and afternoon peaks. The new platform also enables trains to start and finish services at West Footscray.

Overview of works

The works at West Footscray involved realigning regional, suburban and freight tracks, construction of new tracks and turnbacks (to enable trains to change direction), a third passenger platform and alterations to the existing station concourse.

The Rail Infrastructure Alliance (RIA), which comprises Rail Projects Victoria, Metro Trains and a consortium of CPB, John Holland and AECOM, constructed the new platform and track at West Footscray.

Planning approvals

The Western Turnback was delivered in two stages, Stage 1 (Rail Works) and Stage 2 (Station Works).

As part of the planning process for these works, RIA prepared two Development Plans which set out the scope and extent of the built form and urban design around the Metro Tunnel Project’s works at West Footscray station.

The Western Turnback Stage 1 (Rail Works) Development Plan set out required upgrades to rail infrastructure such as signalling and overhead wiring, access to the site such as temporary piling pads and rail crossings and initial modifications to the existing pedestrian and bicycle overpass.

The Western Turnback Development Plan – Stage 2 (Station Works) set out required surface works to construct the new passenger platform and additional track. It also outlined the functional layout and urban design proposed for the area at the end of construction.

The Development Plans involved engagement with stakeholders about the Western Turnback, including local and state agencies, local residents and businesses, rail commuters and the broader community.

The Development Plans were approved by the Minister for Planning.

For more information visit our West Footscray Western Turnback Development Plan page.

Image showing the location of proposed new station platform at West Footscray station, on the Cross St side

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