A New Vision for Werribee
I have a vision for the transformation of Werribee to make it a more liveable, vibrant city here in the rapidly developing West.
After consultation with local experienced civil engineer, Len Waddell, I endorse his visionary plan to seize the opportunity of removing the rail crossings at Werribee Street, Cherry Street and Hoppers Crossing to transform the urban environment of both Werribee Central and Hoppers Crossing by constructing a rail tunnel under the Werribee River.
The tunnel could extend from east of Hoppers Crossing station to west of Brophy’s Crossing, about 5½ km overall.
This option is both significantly preferable to the likely alternative of overhead skyrail and elevated station structures and affordable.
The government’s estimated cost of $200M to replace each of the three crossings would provide around $600M to fund the tunnel proposal with far greater benefit. Additional costs could be offset by the opening up of and sale of a large area of land above the tunnel, valuable and in the centre of the townships, making it available for a variety of developments. The “sky rail” option with its imposition on the surrounding area would not have anywhere near the same benefit for the cost.
The underground stations could be made major architectural features with shops and facilities, similar to the London Underground stations such as the Kings Cross - St Pancras commercial precinct; and the popular San Francisco BART stations.
Central commercial and architectural features in the heart of the Werribee and Hoppers Crossing townships would open up a number of commercial and community opportunities. This is a visionary but achievable project that would benefit the area for future generations.
Werribee is fast becoming a very major city with a huge population. What is happening at present in the area is subdivisions and house building. This residential growth needs to be matched with urban transformation.
Imagine Werribee and Hoppers Crossing without the train line, how this would open up the land, the river environs in Werribee and un-clutter the Hoppers Crossing, Cherry and Werribee Streets crossings. Virtually a new town.
You can read more about Len Wardell’s exciting proposal for the urban transformation of Werribee here [hyperlink to pdf].
As your Independent member for Werribee I would be a strong, passionate voice to advocate for such a visionary urban transformation for Werribee.
Download my detailed plan here
See my Public Transport Policy Here