"Ballan Road is nothing more than a carpark during peak hour"
Even with the service road in Ballan Road Werribee, the stench of car exhausts abounds, you cannot open your house windows until peak traffic has eased. People use the road as a race track, hoons and motor bike riders, rarely see police doing anything. The smell is the worse, I wouldn't buy on this main road...
"Downsides of Werribee"
Yes the suburb has its good points, however, the not so good must also be pointed out, if I was moving here I would like to know a tad more than the peddled brochures and hype.
1. The traffic...is just awful in peak times, as there are only a couple of roads into Werribee and planners have done nothing to sort this mess out - removing the rail lines has done nothing to alleviate this problem as tens of thousands of people pour into the new estates which feed into the couple of roads into Werribee = nightmare.
2. Infrastructure has not kept up with the mass influx of new people in the suburb...lacks in basic amenities one should expect within a suburb, in particular public transport...regardless what message is peddled by the council and government...public transport is awful, pre COVID the train station is full by 7am Mon-Fri with limited flow on parking available but lots of hungry parking inspectors. Trains are forever packed liked sardines during peak hours...the only saving grace is Werribee is the start of the line, so you will get a seat, but will probably end up with someone sitting on your knee by journey's end...Werribee station is frequented by lots of rude school children as the buses stop there, plus a lot of undesirables, thank goodness for the Protective Service Officers...makes you feel a little safer.
3. The SMELL...I just recently reported it to the EPA (Dec 2020), it stinks, if it is a northerly wind, nice, fresh air, anything else itsmells, I find it very frustrating I cant open my windows as much as I would like because I don't want my home to smell. It is a real thing...
4. Shopping...There is 1 Coles in Werribee, it is more like a Coles Express, tiny and useless, however, there are normal size Woolies and Aldi, Tasman Meats, a couple of green grocers, nice strip shopping with a pleasant ambience...for those that like shopping malls and all that goes with these, there is Pacific Werribee. There are some restaurants, although I find this area could be better developed particularly near the lovely Werribee River, a resource not used or developed enough by council.
5. Housing...there is plenty of cheap housing , but very limited 'nice old established streets' as council allows subdivision of just about everything which unfortunately leads to lots of tiny slum pockets within the area...you can object as much as you want...it falls on deaf ears. What used to be a lovely low density suburb is turning into a medium density suburb with lots of low quality homes built on top of each other with no gardens or backyard areas, but lots of concrete, parked cars and air-conditioning and few trees. Personally I would seek out the nice streets...