Williamstown railway line
The Williamstown railway line is a commuter rail passenger train service in Melbourne, Australia, operating between Williamstown in the western suburbs to Flinders Street in the central business district.
The Williamstown line runs across flat coastal land and therefore, has no significant earthworks. From the junction at Newport to the next station of North Williamstown, it runs beside the Newport Workshops, and from there through mainly old residential areas. The line used to continue a short distance to Williamstown Pier, around which there is heavy industrial areas including shipbuilding.
The Williamstown Line shares tracks with the Werribee Line between Flinders Street and Newport (See Werribee Line Infrastructure). The line is double track throughout, except for Williamstown station, and provided with automatic block signalling. There are no intermediate terminating facilities. Stabling facilities are provided within the grounds of the Newport workshops.
History and Future
Although it is now operated as a branch from the main Werribee/Geelong line at Newport, the line was originally built from the city, with the Geelong line being the branch. The line officially opened in January 1859, but the section between the vicinity of the Newport workshops and Williamstown Pier was in use by Geelong-line trains from October 1857 (see the history of the Werribee line for more information).
The line was electrified in August 1920, but little further change to the infrastructure took place until the section from Williamstown to Williamstown Pier closed in March 1987. Automatic Block signalling was provided in August 1997.
The level crossing at Ferguson Street, adjacent to North Williamstown Station, is currently earmarked for removal by the Level Crossing Removal Authority. The crossing is expected to be fully removed by 2022.
There is a community proposal to replace the Williamstown Branch Railway line with a "Micro Public Transport Tunnel Loop System" which would obviate the need to replace the Ferguson St crossing. This is because the 3.6m diameter tunnel loops using demand-activated 16 seater Autonmous Electric Vehicles (AEVs) would be constructed 10 to 20m underground and not interfere with ground level services/activites. The historic railway stations could be used as entry points for AEV lifts down to tunnels. An advantage would be that the trains-per-hour on the Werribee Railway line could be 8 per hour from Newport instead of the current 5 per hour.
Trains on the Williamstown Line stop all stations. There are slight variations to this service depending on the day of the week and the time of day. The Williamstown line is the only metropolitan line with regular services that never serves Flagstaff, Melbourne Central and Parliament stations.
Direct Service between Flinders Street and Williamstown (Via Southern Cross) operates on weekdays only.
|Time||Direct Local Stopping Pattern|
|Early Morning||Trains stop all stations between Flinders Street and Williamstown and operate direct via Southern Cross during early weekday mornings
|Daytime||Trains stop all stations between Flinders Street and Williamstown and operate direct via Southern Cross during the daytime on weekdays.
|Peak||Trains travelling in the peak direction during peak hours (citybound trains in the morning peak, outbound trains in the afternoon peak) stop all stations except for South Kensington. Trains operate direct via Southern Cross between Flinders Street and Williamstown.
Trains travelling counter peak (outbound trains in the morning peak, inbound trains in the afternoon peak) will continue to stop all stations between Williamstown and Flinders Street via Southern Cross.
On weekends and late nights, trains operate as stopping all station shuttles between Newport and Williamstown. Passengers travelling to and from the city will need to change at Newport for a connecting service. These shuttles are operated as 3 car train-sets.
Inbound shuttles terminate on platform 1 at Newport and are stored in a siding on the city side of the station. The siding allows trains to reverse and form outbound Williamstown shuttle services departing from platform 2.
- Service Frequency (Late Night): Every 30 Minutes
- Service Frequency Weekends, Early Morning Saturdays* : Every 20 Minutes
- Service Frequency Early Morning Sunday: 60 Minutes, 40 Minutes (On Sundays, 20 minute frequencies begin from approximately 10am)
On Friday and Saturday nights (After the last train and until the first train of the following morning), Williamstown line trains operate as a shuttle between Newport and Williamstown. The shuttles stop at all stations.
- Service Frequency: Approximately Hourly (60 Minutes)
Legend - Stations
- ◼ Premium Station - Station staffed from first to last train
- ◻ Host Station - Usually staffed during Morning peak, however this can vary for different stations on the network.
Legend - Stopping Patterns
- ● - All Trains Stop
- ◕ - Trains usually stop, except for citybound trains in the morning peak and outbound trains in the evening peak
|◼ Flinders Street||0.0||●||Suburban Trains(Metro):●Hurstbridge ●Mernda ●Alamein ●Belgrave ●Lilydale ●Glen Waverley ●Craigieburn ●Sunbury ●Upfield ●Cranbourne ●Pakenham ●Frankston ●Werribee ●Williamstown ●GlenWaverley ●Sandringham ●Flemington
|◼ Southern Cross||1.2||●||Suburban Trains(Metro): ●Hurstbridge ●Mernda ●Alamein ●Belgrave ●Lilydale ●GlenWaverley ●Craigieburn ●Sunbury ●Upfield ●Cranbourne ●Pakenham ●Frankston ●Werribee ●Williamstown ●GlenWaverley ●Sandringham ●Flemington
Interstate Trains:●Overland(Adelaide) XPT(Sydney)
|◼ North Melbourne||2.9||●||Vline: ●Seymour ●Shepparton ●Albury|
|◼ Footscray||6.1||●||Vline: ●Ballarat ●Bendigo ●Echuca ●Geelong ●Maryborough ●Swan Hill ●Warrnambool
Bus ■Tram(Route 82)
|◼ Newport||11.8||●||●||Suburban Trains(Metro): ●Williamstown ●Altona Loop|
|Williamstown Beach||14.4||●||●||Bus (Walking distance away)|
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