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Webb Dock Bridge - Trail Description

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Webb Dock Bridge

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Type: Rail trail
Location: Docklands, 1km from Melbourne
Start/end: Docklands to Southbank
Status: Open
Length open: 0.5km
Surface: Sealed
Terrain: Flat
Best seasons: All seasons
Public transport: Train, Bus, Tram
Features: tourist
Contact Region: Melbourne, Yarra Valley, Geelong, Bellarine & Mornington Peninsulas
On the bridge looking south (Sept 2015)
On the bridge looking south (Sept 2015)
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes Suitable for wheelchairs Suitable for prams Suitable for scooters in line skates
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Description

The former Webb Dock Railway Bridge has been converted for use by pedestrians and cyclists. The bridge runs parallel with the Charles Grimes road bridge and provides a connection over the Yarra between Docklands and South Bank. Something to combine with all the other paths and attractions in the area. The line was only open from 1986 to 1996 and some of the line remains in place up at the Lorimer St. end. The bridge shape was changed considerably of course to fit in with the area, especially the aboriginal "fishing net" shape on the Yarra's Edge side, when it was opened in 2003.

Background Information

A proposal (first raised in March 2014) to develop the unused rail corridor along Lorimer St, down Todd Rd, through Westgate Park and along the south side of the Westgate Freeway is dependent on decisions involving the future redevelopment of Fishermans Bend.

The Victorian Government released a future vision for the suburb in 2017 that will entail new public transport and cycling routes.

It is expected that once the sites for new underground rail stations as part of Melbourne Metro Two are decided, detailed planning for the rest of the transport network will proceed.

The repurposing of the old rail corridor remains an exciting opportunity for the development of an attractive urban rail trail.

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Email or click here: melbourne@railtrails.org.au.

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03 April , 2015 by cascho

I rode this trail this morning (Tuesday 3rd April 2015), along with the Sandridge railway trail. It was a great morning for a bike ride along the Yarra – and the amount of development on the south bank is impressive. The actually Web bridge is a great crossing point – though the south end is curved, so going slow is necessary to make sure you don’t run into anyone. The biggest problem is signage needs to be improved – I found it hard to follow them to connect to the nearby trails.

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