Bicycle Network: Metro Routes
West: Skeleton Creek Trail
The latest developments and improvements on the trail
Palmers Road Underpass
15 Decmber 2009. City of Wyndham has opened a very useful connection on the Skeleton Creek Trail.
The Trail had been truncated because of sound barriers built along Palmers Rd and a muddy crossing under Palmers Rd beside Skeleton Creek clearly needed rectifying.
Construction of the link started in March 2009 and the path was opened to the public on 22 May 2009. The value of the project was approximately $212,000.
The photo provided by a Bicycle Network Victoria member shows the use of Rocla Perma Track concrete boardwalk which is ideal for sites which may be submerged at times. Many may have already ridden this new path and others can now benefit from knowing it is open.
Photo: John Parker, Boroondara BUG
Upgrade to Skeleton Creek Trail at Palmers Road imminent
22 January 2009. Riders in Melbourne's west will soon have a new, improved stretch along the Skeleton Creek trail.
Wyndham City has announced that a 270 metre gap in the Trail that runs under Palmers Road will be completed.
Work will begin within the month to seal this section of path, connecting the existing portions of the Skeleton Creek Trail on each side of Palmers Road at the Princes Freeway overpass.
Wyndham is spending $212,846 on this project. Work is expected to be completed by April.
This is good news for riders as replaces a seriously deficient informal dirt/mud track.
The project reflects the strong performance by Wyndham in this year's Bicycle Network Victoria Bixe review of council spending on bicycle infrastructure.
Please offer your support to Wyndham City Council for continuing to fund bicycle projects.
With more paths being installed and upgraded in this area, there is increasing pressure for a future connection between the Skeleton Creek Trail and the Federation Trail on the North side of the Princes Freeway. Wyndham has acknowledged that this is a priority, but planning is still at very early stages.
This connection will remain high on Bicycle Network Victoria's list of priorities for the area. Such a connection will allow residents and riders to access the extensive pathways on both sides of the freeway, currently only accessible to each other by hazardous and high risk on-road overpasses.
Connecting to the Federation Trail
Sep 07 A connection between the Federation Trail and the Skeleton Creek Trail is high on the Bicycle Network Victoria "most wanted" list. At this stage the proposed connection under the Princes Freeway (Melway 207 C1) is a longer term proposition.
The completion of the Palmers Road project will provide Skeleton Creek Trail users with a link to the Federation Trail through the Boardwalk and Willowgreen Estates in Point Cook.
Please see the VicRoads website for more information on this project.
Skeleton Creek Trail Meets Bay Trail West
Aug 05 With funding assistance from Parks Victoria, Hobsons Bay City Council has extended the Skeleton Creek Trail in Altona Meadows to meet the Bay Trail West (Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail).
The Skeleton Creek Trail now runs continuously, on the east side of the creek, from the Bay Trail West to Point Cook Rd. From there it crosses over the creek and continues on the south side to just short of the Westgate Freeway.
Eventually the trail will link to the proposed Federation Trail which is north of the freeway.
A leaflet showing the new section of trail is available from Hobsons Bay City Council on 9932 1000.
Feb 05 Another missing link has been filled along the Bay Trail West at the Jawbone reserve to Maddox Rd, Williamstown North.
Funding has been allocated to develop a new path along Skeleton Creek, this path will add an additional 3km’s to the Bay Trail West. Works are expected to be completed by the end of this year.
Planning will begin this year for a bike path to run along Kororoit Creek from the Bay Trail West to Princes Fwy. This trail has the potential to link to the Federation Trail once complete.
Bicycle Network Victoria would like to see a good quality path filling the gap in the Bay Trail West from Ann St to Point Gellibrand, Williamstown.