Construction of the new Avon River bridge in Stratford is now complete, with trains travelling over the new bridge three months ahead of schedule.
The new bridge will improve reliability for passenger services.
Trains will be able to travel at up to 90 km/h on the new structure, a significant improvement on the 10 km/h speed limit on the old bridge.
The nearby McAlister Street level crossing has been upgraded, improving safety for motorists and train passengers.
Apex Park upgrade
We are delivering improvements to Apex Park in Stratford as part of the new Avon River rail bridge.
The improvements to Apex Park include:
- a new BMX/pump track
- a new nature-based playground
- a mural (completed)
- planting new vegetation.
We’ve asked the local community to help us co-design these improvements.
Acclaimed Gippsland artist Ray Thomas has painted a mural on the new bridge wall, which features the Avon River as its theme, as chosen by Stratford locals last year.
The mural honours 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.
The project’s improvements to Apex Park, including a new nature-based playground and BMX/pump track, are targeted for completion in early 2021.
Let’s celebrate Stratford
The new nature-based playground and BMX/pump track in Stratford’s Apex Park, which the community helped co-design, will open in April 2021.
To celebrate, we invite you to come along to a fun, family-friendly event at Apex Park.
The free family-friendly event will include:
- BMX/scooter coaching clinics run by YMCA on the new BMX/pump track
- food and drinks.
Mr Whippy, Quick Cuppa, Stratford Lions Club, YMCA, TRFM and Wellington Shire Council will all be joining us on the day.
Health and safety
This event will comply with the Tier 3 Public Events COVIDSafe requirements, including:
- recording the name, phone number and area for each attendee in a way that complies with privacy obligations
- establishing hygiene stations (with hand sanitiser) at entrances and throughout the venue to encourage hand hygiene of workers and attendees.
- ensuring physical distancing, good personal hygiene and staying home if feeling unwell.
For more details on our COVIDSafe measures on the day, read our COVIDSafe plan PDF, 70.0 KB.
In December 2018, Heritage Council of Victoria included the Avon River bridge on the Victorian Heritage Register.
The bridge was considered 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.
We will keep passengers and the community updated as the project progresses via information sessions, letterbox drops, e-newsletters, advertising, website updates, social media and station pop-ups.