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Metro Tunnel - Rail Infrastructure Alliance Development Plan - Western Turnback


Have your say on the Western Turnback Development Plan – Stage 1 (Rail Works)

The Rail Infrastructure Alliance (RIA) will build a new passenger platform and additional track at West Footscray station. This new infrastructure, known as the Western Turnback, will enable trains to start and finish services at West Footscray station and help create more regular and reliable services between Melbourne’s CBD and the western suburbs.

The proposed works to build the Western Turnback will be delivered in two stages:
  • Stage 1 (Rail Works)
  • Stage 2 (Station Works)
RIA has prepared a draft Western Turnback Development Plan – Stage 1 (Rail Works) which outlines initial works in the rail corridor to prepare the site for future construction of the Western Turnback.

These works include:
  • decommissioning the existing combined services route (CSR) and relocating the power and communications network
  • signalling works
  • relocating overhead wiring
  • installing a temporary piling pad
  • installing temporary rail crossings
  • installing platform foundations, and
  • initial works on the pedestrian bridge including cladding removal.
The plan also describes how RIA will respond to the relevant Environmental Performance Requirements, as defined in the Metro Tunnel Environmental Management Framework and the Urban Design Strategy.

A separate Development Plan will be prepared early next year to address Stage 2 (Station Works). Please sign up here if you would like to be notified when the Development Plan for Stage 2 (Station Works) is available for public feedback.

The Minister for Planning must approve the draft Western Turnback Development Plan before RIA can commence works covered in the Plan.

The draft Western Turnback Development Plan – Stage 1 (Rail Works) is available on this website.

Feedback is invited on the Plan from Monday 26 November 2018 until 5pm Friday 14 December 2018.

Scope of feedback

Anyone may provide feedback on the draft Western Turnback Development Plan – Stage 1 (Rail Works) during the public display and comment period.
Please note, comments that relate to activities which are not included in the Development Plan scope will not be addressed as part of the review process.

You can use the Save button at the top of the screen to return at a later stage to complete your feedback.

Further assistance

If you have any questions about this survey or about the project generally, you can contact us by calling 1800 105 105 or visit the Metro Tunnel website.