Williams Landing railway station?

 
  Brendan03 Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
Hi,

Any more photos of Williams Landing?

I'm guessing that all of the major infrastructure must now be in place?

Thanks!
James.
"JamesReid"


The bridge beams for Palmers Road are completed, so all the lifts are done. The station building itself has mostly taken shape and they're just putting some of the remaining shelter roofs in 'beams'? in place.

The platform doesn't appear to have progressed in a while but they've been working on the Car Park on the North-West side of Palmers Road a bit lately.

Not too much else has been going on there lately that I can see when passing it on the train.

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  HUDS761 Station Staff

Location: Werribee
Drove past the site tonight.  There is a crane on site ready to lift the next piece of the roof into place.  This should happen tonight.
  Tornado_ALIVE Station Staff








  Peter Spyker Train Controller

Oh my god, what a monstrosity. Is there any reason why they couldn't have made it a simple two-platform station with easy ground-level access like they did for Lynbrook Station, rather than making people walk up steps and then back down again, to get to it? It doesn't look like it's going to be even remotely convenient for anyone.
  Kerpal Deputy Commissioner

Oh my god, what a monstrosity. Is there any reason why they couldn't have made it a simple two-platform station with easy ground-level access like they did for Lynbrook Station, rather than making people walk up steps and then back down again, to get to it? It doesn't look like it's going to be even remotely convenient for anyone.
"Peter Spyker"


Take a look here: http://corp.ptv.vic.gov.au/assets/PTV/PTV%20docs/Williams%20Landing/WLP-concept-design-updated.pdf

The elevated station building will connect with the footbridge over the freeway.

I think it looks nice and modern.  At least it will feature ramps, stairs and lifts, unlike some of the recent station rebuilds ...
  AzN_dj Chief Commissioner

Location: Along route 69
It doesn't look like it's going to be even remotely convenient for anyone.
"Peter Spyker"


It might not be convenient, but at the very least, it will be remote.

Laughing
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Oh my god, what a monstrosity. Is there any reason why they couldn't have made it a simple two-platform station with easy ground-level access like they did for Lynbrook Station, rather than making people walk up steps and then back down again, to get to it? It doesn't look like it's going to be even remotely convenient for anyone.
"Peter Spyker"

Considering the pics in the post before yours were taken from the station car park, I'm not sure how the station and the car park could be any closer to each other...perhaps you want intending pax to have the option of hiring sedan chairs to save climbing the stairs or catching the lift Question
  RailwayBus Locomotive Driver

Oh my god, what a monstrosity. Is there any reason why they couldn't have made it a simple two-platform station with easy ground-level access like they did for Lynbrook Station, rather than making people walk up steps and then back down again, to get to it? It doesn't look like it's going to be even remotely convenient for anyone.
"Peter Spyker"


I think I'd prefer to walk over a bridge, rather than walk across a high speed interstate freight line to access the north side platform, or across an 8 lane freeway to access the south side platform.
  tranzitjim Chief Commissioner

Location: Banned
Why not do or have both?

Have the overpass for those who prefer the safety, and have the level crossing for those of whom are too lazy to go up and over.
  RailwayBus Locomotive Driver

Why not do or have both?

Have the overpass for those who prefer the safety, and have the level crossing for those of whom are too lazy to go up and over.
"tranzitjim"


Yes, let's just let pedestrians wander across an 8 lane freeway to get to the station, shall we? 
  Speed Minister for Railways


With the opening nearly a month away, we have the government press release.
Residents in Melbourne’s booming west will have better access to public transport services from 28 April, with the opening of Williams Landing railway station. The station, located on the Werribee line, will cater for thousands of residents in the fast-growing suburbs of Point Cook, Williams Landing and Truganina.

Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder said the Victorian Coalition Government was working to improve public transport in Melbourne’s growth suburbs.

“Wyndham is one of the fastest growing areas in the country. This new railway station will mean more transport options for thousands of Point Cook residents,” Mr Mulder said. “All Werribee line trains will stop at Williams Landing, which means Point Cook residents will no longer have to travel to Hoppers Crossing, Aircraft or Laverton to catch the train. Locals now have hundreds of train services a week to choose from, closer to home.”

Mr Mulder said trains will stop at Williams Landing every 11 minutes on average during peak times, and every 20 minutes during the off-peak. Point Cook will also have an overhauled bus network with new routes, more frequent services and greater coverage to provide connections to the new station. Mr Mulder thanked the locals for their patience during construction work and for contributing to the station design.

“During the past year, anyone driving between Melbourne and Geelong has been able to watch the progress of Williams Landing and would appreciate the magnitude of the project. Not only has it involved a new station, but the extension of Palmers Road, the installation of a new footbridge, and significant road and traffic changes,” Mr Mulder said.

The new Williams Landing Station will operate as a Premium station and will be staffed from first to last train. The new station will feature:
  • an island platform accessible by stairs, lifts and ramps;
  • a new bus terminal and a taxi rank;
  • a car park with 500 spaces, and drop-off zones;
  • a pedestrian footbridge across the Princes Freeway;
    a secure Parkiteer bicycle cage for cyclists; and
    an air-conditioned waiting area and toilets.


Member for Western Metropolitan Region Andrew Elsbury welcomed the opening of the new railway station.

“Williams Landing Station is highly anticipated in the community, as excitement about the station has grown since the erection of the pedestrian bridge over the freeway, Mr Elsbury said. “This all abilities access station will fill a missing link in this region’s public transport infrastructure.”

Member for Western Metropolitan Region Bernie Finn said this announcement was further evidence that Melbourne’s West was firmly on the Napthine Government’s radar.

“We promised locals we would end the neglect displayed by the previous Labor Government and we’re carrying that through,” Mr Finn said.

In addition to the new train station and bus services for Point Cook, there will be changes for a number of V/Line trains and coaches, as well as some metropolitan bus routes from 28 April.

“Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo line trains will have updated timetables to factor in the Werribee line and Regional Rail Link project changes. Some regional coaches and buses will have adjustments to maintain connections with the new train timetables,” Mr Mulder said.

Mr Mulder said that Bendigo and Kyneton passengers could also look forward to quicker journey times on several trains.

“Following last year’s extension of Metro trains to Sunbury, we have been able to allocate spare VLocity trains to the Bendigo line, replacing some older trains and improving journey times by up to 15 minutes on some trips,” Mr Mulder said.

Mr Mulder said that the upcoming April timetable changes follow the success of recent timetable changes.

“With each timetable change we’re working to progressively improve the public transport network. Recent timetable changes have opened new stations at South Morang, Lynbrook and Cardinia Road in Pakenham, added 1,078 new train trips per week, and have helped to untangle the network,” Mr Mulder said “Projects underway, such as the Regional Rail Link, will create extra capacity to allow us to continue to make improvements and add extra train trips into the future.”
http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/6331-new-williams-landing-station-new-timetable-and-more-trains-and-buses-for-melbournes-west-.html

A new train and bus network will be introduced in the Point Cook area from Sunday 28 April, with the opening of the Williams Landing station and five new bus routes introduced.

Williams Landing station, on the Werribee line between Aircraft and Hoppers Crossing, will cater for thousands of residents in the fast-growing suburbs of Point Cook, Williams Landing and Truganina. Five new bus routes will provide more frequent and direct services to connect with trains at the new station, as well as improved late night trips to get residents home.

Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder said that the Victorian Coalition Government was working to improve public transport in Melbourne’s growth suburbs. “Wyndham is one of the fastest growing areas in the country, and this new station will mean more transport options for over 32,000 Point Cook residents,” Mr Mulder said. “All Werribee line trains will stop at Williams Landing. Point Cook residents will no longer have to travel to Hoppers Crossing, Aircraft or Laverton to access more than 800 trains a week. Trains will stop at Williams Landing every 11 minutes on average during peak times, and every 20 minutes during the off-peak,” Mr Mulder said.

Mr Mulder thanked locals for their patience during construction work and for contributing to the station design.

“During the past year, anyone driving between Melbourne and Geelong has been able to watch the progress of Williams Landing and would appreciate the magnitude of the project. Not only has it involved a new station, but the extension of Palmers Road across the freeway, the installation of a new footbridge, and significant road and traffic changes,” Mr Mulder said.

In addition to the new station, the new bus network will more than triple the number of bus trips each week for passengers, an increase from 697 to 2,120, and will extend public transport for the first time to the growing areas of Point Cook South and Saltwater Coast via new routes 494, 495 and 497.

“Residents will benefit from more late night buses running till approximately 9pm seven days a week and until midnight on two routes on Friday and Saturday nights,” Mr Mulder said.

Some existing bus routes in the local area will also change with Route 446 now travelling to Williams Landing Station and Route 414 ending at Laverton Station. Existing bus routes 413 and 416 will be replaced by routes 493, 494, 495, 496 and 497. Mr Mulder said that where bus route numbers have changed or where a bus route is removed from a local street, alternative bus services will continue to be available nearby.

“I encourage everyone to look out for their Point Cook public transport guide arriving in their letterboxes or visit the Public Transport Victoria website to see what these bus network changes will mean for them,” Mr Mulder said.

Member for Western Metropolitan Region Andrew Elsbury welcomed the announcement.

“Five additional routes are very welcome in servicing the needs of our growing communities, especially for those who rely on public transport to get around,” Mr Elsbury said. “Labor developed this area and delivered little in providing the bus services we need, and it is great to be part of a Coalition Government that is delivering for Point Cook and Truganina.”
http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/6329-bus-services-tripled-and-a-new-station-to-boost-public-transport-for-point-cook-area.html



  kuldalai Chief Commissioner

With Werribee Line Peak trains already some of the most overcrowded on the Metro network it would have made more sense to extend a third track from the back platform at Laverton through Aircraft to terminate at Williams Landing.  Then at Peak times the loadings could be split much better over the two sets of Peak trains.  Viz: At Peak times the laverton trains would serve Aircraft and point cook, and the Werribee trains would be express through  WL & AC .
  Highrise Assistant Commissioner


Why not do or have both?

Have the overpass for those who prefer the safety, and have the level crossing for those of whom are too lazy to go up and over.
"tranzitjim"
I'm sure they will do both anyway.

  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Ironic isn't it....there's no mention whatsoever in the media blurb that the funding for Williams Landing station was entirely allocated by the former Brumby Government Exclamation
  Sir Thomas Bent Minister for Railways

Location: Banned



Ironic isn't it....there's no mention whatsoever in the media blurb that the funding for Williams Landing station was entirely allocated by the former Brumby Government


"The Vinelander"
No - it's modern politics, and Labor do it just as much as the Libs.

What's more surprising is it's a Premium station, although, to give Mikelander his due as a dyed-in-the-flanno Laborite, it possibly is as a result of staffing stations being a Labor thing.?

  ChoooChoo Chief Train Controller


Oh my god, what a monstrosity. Is there any reason why they couldn't have made it a simple two-platform station with easy ground-level access like they did for Lynbrook Station, rather than making people walk up steps and then back down again, to get to it? It doesn't look like it's going to be even remotely convenient for anyone.
"Peter Spyker"


My thoughts exactly.

I didn't know a footbridge was part of the project across the freeway, but that aside, the actual station itself seems so elevated.

It's in a pretty quiet suburb and not at a major junction, a simple two platform station as Peter suggested would have sufficed.

You can have simple stations with much better design (tree's, plants, shlter, seats etc) without needing such huge eye-sores.

  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
My thoughts exactly.
I didn't know a footbridge was part of the project across the freeway, but that aside, the actual station itself seems so elevated.
It's in a pretty quiet suburb and not at a major junction, a simple two platform station as Peter suggested would have sufficed.
You can have simple stations with much better design (tree's, plants, shlter, seats etc) without needing such huge eye-sores.
ChoooChoo
Trees take a while to grow...several years really, and I believe vehicular access to the station from the south side at ground level over 6 lanes of freeway, or is it 8... may be construed as somewhat dangerous.

Mike.
  northbritish Chief Train Controller

Trees take a while to grow...several years really, and I believe vehicular access to the station from the south side at ground level over 6 lanes of freeway, or is it 8... may be construed as somewhat dangerous.

Mike.
The Vinelander
Then buy and plant mature trees, it would still cost a lot less than what is being built. I think anything outside the rail reservation should be Vic Roads responsibility including the footbridge.
  Villian Junior Train Controller

Once this station opens wouldn't it make sense to close Aircraft station?
  heisdeadjim Chief Commissioner

No. Because it is a zero sum game if you do.  What is the point of opening a new station ostensibly to increase passenger access on the line if you are then going to close another station?
  Mitty Assistant Commissioner

Location: Hawthorn
No. Because it is a zero sum game if you do.  What is the point of opening a new station ostensibly to increase passenger access on the line if you are then going to close another station?
heisdeadjim
How far apart are they?  Is it going to be another Willison/Riversdale thing?

Aircraft and Laverton are so close together, that you would assume anyone using Aircraft would walk down to Laverton to save the Zone 2 fare.  Anyone who specifically uses Aircraft because they live close to it would be nuts not to do the same.  Meanwhile anyone who drives to use Aircraft (their wouldn't be many, surely... again, they'd use Laverton) would be better of driving to Williams Landing simply because the parking facilities are so much better.  

I seriously think Aircraft will die a natural death, or at the very least will become like East Richmond and get skipped on half the trips.
  Gauntlet Chief Commissioner

Location:
How far apart are they?
Mitty
According to Vicsig they'll be 974m apart.
Excluding Flagstaff the last time a station opened within 1km of an existing one was in 1927, when White City (697m) and Middle Footscray (552m) were added to the network.
vicsig.net/infrastructure/line/werribee
  Kerpal Deputy Commissioner

Aircraft is closest to Laverton's shops and restaurants.  Local traders objected to the previous governments' plans to close it.
  heisdeadjim Chief Commissioner

Problem with Laverton is precisely that it is the last zone 1. Come 8am the car park is full and quite often people will park nearly all the way along the railway reservation to Aircraft in order to access zone 1 fares.

The intelligent ones like I used Aircraft. Why? Well, yeah we paid both zones but if you did it right you had your butt in a seat to watch hundreds cram on at Laverton.

So, y'know, stupid is as stupid does and all that. Very Happy
  Calgully Deputy Commissioner

Location:
According to Vicsig they'll be 974m apart.
Excluding Flagstaff the last time a station opened within 1km of an existing one was in 1927, when White City (697m) and Middle Footscray (552m) were added to the network.
http://http://vicsig.net/infrastructure/line/werribee
Gauntlet

Museum and Parliament would also have met that criterion.

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