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Avon River bridge added to Victorian Heritage Register

Posted: 19 Dec 2018

Avon River Bridge

The architectural and historical significance of the Avon River bridge in Stratford has been recognised with its addition to the Victorian Heritage Register.

Rail Projects Victoria nominated the bridge, built in 1888, for inclusion earlier this year after identifying it met several of the criteria for heritage significance.

It means the local Stratford community can continue to celebrate the 19th century structure long after trains stop using it.

The Heritage Council of Victoria deemed the bridge significant due to its clear association with the development of Victoria’s railway network and as a notable example of a rail bridge that can be easily understood and appreciated.

Once the new bridge is built as part of the Gippsland Line Upgrade, trains will be able to travel on it at up to 90 kilometres per hour, a significant increase from the current 10 kilometres per hour speed limit.

Construction on the new bridge is set to begin late next year, subject to planning and environmental approvals.