Coaches will replace trains on sections of the Gippsland Line from Saturday 28 November until Sunday 6 December. Passengers can find out if they’re affected by visiting the V/Line website or by calling 1800 800 007.
We’re delivering improvements to Apex Park in Stratford as part of our project to build a new bridge over the Avon River.
We’ve asked the community to help us co-design these elements and have been seeking feedback from locals, including children, so we can understand what is important to the community. The improvements include:
- a new BMX/pump track
- a new nature-based playground
- a new public artwork
- planting new vegetation.
The improvements will be built near the existing playground at Apex Park and will replace the BMX/pump track that was removed in late 2019 to make way for the new bridge over the Avon River. The improvements will complement the existing playground and facilities in Apex Park.
Earlier this year, the community and children of Stratford voted for what they’d like included in the new BMX/pump track and nature-based playground.
In May, we unveiled a concept design based on those votes and sought feedback on it. We’re currently assessing the feedback and finalising the design for Apex Park, which we’ll present to the community in the coming months.
Click on the links below to view the concept design.
Co-designing Apex Park
The community has been involved in designing the improvements to Apex Park, every step of the way. Learn more about the consultation to date.
We will review the feedback provided by the community and use it to finalise the design for Apex Park.
The final design will be revealed to the community in the coming months before we start construction on the park improvements.
Construction on the new Avon River rail bridge and the improvements to Apex Park are scheduled for completion in early 2021.
Acclaimed Gippsland artist Ray Thomas will soon begin work on a 25-metre long, two-metre high mural facing Apex Park, which will feature the Avon River as its theme, as chosen by Stratford locals earlier this year.
An award-winning artist with more than three decades’ experience, Ray’s works are inspired by the stories and designs of his Gunaikurnai people, as well as the Gippsland country they call home.
The mural will honour the Brayakaulung clan and their connection to the Avon River and features Gunaikurnai ancestral totems and cultural practices including scarred canoe trees, stone grinding grooves and bush foods.
Concept design of Apex Park mural.
Gippsland Line Upgrade
Construction on the new bridge over the Avon River is underway. Trains will be able to travel at up to 90km/h in this section, a big improvement on the 10km/h speed limit in place on the existing bridge.
The new bridge will boost reliability for passenger services and is part of the Gippsland Line Upgrade.
The project will enable more frequent and reliable services for passengers by duplicating track, extending the Morwell crossing loop, upgrading level crossings and signalling, and adding second platforms at key stations along the line.
The project has already delivered benefits for passengers on the Gippsland line, with upgrades to level crossings between Sale and Bairnsdale allowing VLocity trains to run to Bairnsdale for the first time since mid-2018.