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West Footscray Western Turnback Development Plan

Construction of a new passenger platform and additional track at West Footscray, known as the Western Turnback, will allow services to start and finish at West Footscray station.

This new infrastructure will allow for an increase in the number of services and help ease overcrowding at stations along the Sunbury rail line.

The Rail Infrastructure Alliance (RIA), a partnership between John Holland, CPB Contractors, AECOM, Metro Trains Melbourne and Rail Projects Victoria (RPV), is currently delivering the Western Turnback.

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

To obtain approval to build the Western Turnback a Development Plan approval process was undertaken.

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.

Stage 1 and 2 Development Plans have been approved by the Minister for Planning.

Stage 1 (rail works)

Key works set out in the Stage 1 (Rail Works) Development Plan include:

  • Rail infrastructure such as signalling and overhead wiring
  • Preparation for access to the site such as temporary piling pads and rail crossings, and
  • Initial modifications to the existing pedestrian and bicycle overpass.

Stage 2 (station works)

Key works set out in the Stage 2 (Station Works) Development Plan include:

  • New tracks, including turnouts and realigned tracks to allow outbound trains to change direction.
  • A new third passenger platform at West Footscray station, including a canopy, ramp, stair and lift access.
  • Extension and alterations to the existing platform, including CCTV, lights and outdoor furniture.
  • A new concourse connecting the existing pedestrian and bicycle overpass to the new third platform.
  • Structural modifications to the existing station overpass, and Earthworks and drainage to facilitate new track for the new platform.


The draft plan for Stage 1 was on formal display for 15 business days between Monday 26 November 2018 and Friday 14 December 2018. In total, 25 submissions were received.

The draft plan for Stage 2 was on formal display for 15 business days between Monday 4 February 2019 to Friday 22 February 2019. In total, 32 submissions were received.

RIA implemented pre-public display engagement programs with community members and commuters in West Footscray to raise awareness of the Metro Tunnel Project and advise of the public display of the draft RIA Western Turnback Development Plans. RIA’s engagement with the community included:

  • Distribution of an email update to Metro Tunnel Project subscribers
  • Letter drop of information postcards to local residents
  • Pop-ups at West Footscray station during the morning and afternoon peaks
  • Community drop in session at Barkers CafĂ©

Feedback from the community gathered through engagement activities and online submissions highlighted the following as key interests:

  • Parking and cycling facilities
  • Potential disruption to train services
  • Potential night time noise impacts from works
  • Impacts to access
  • Strategic project and location justification
  • Potential tree and vegetation removal
  • Construction management approach

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