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Avon River bridge

We're building a new rail bridge over the Avon River in Stratford.

The new bridge over the Avon River will be built on the north side of the existing bridge and south of the Princes Highway.

Trains will continue to run on the existing bridge until the new one is built.


The new bridge will improve reliability on the Bairnsdale line.

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 existing bridge.

The new bridge will increase passenger comfort by reducing train vibration and noise.

The nearby McAlister Street level crossing will be upgraded, improving safety for motorists and train passengers.

Heritage listing

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.

What are the next steps?

We have undertaken site investigations at the Avon River site including environmental and geotechnical assessments, identifying cultural heritage, hydrology and noise monitoring.

We are in the process of appointing a contractor to design and construct the new bridge.

Draft Wellington Shire Planning Scheme Amendment C105 Avon River Bridge

An amendment to the Wellington Shire Planning Scheme is proposed to facilitate the delivery of a new rail bridge over the Avon River.

You can view the draft Planning Scheme Amendment and accompanying material here:

The Planning Scheme Amendment changes the Wellington Planning Scheme to allow the use and development of land for the new Avon River rail bridge. It is required to enable the delivery of this project.

The draft Planning Scheme Amendment was available for public comment from Monday 24 September to Wednesday 24 October 2018.

A summary of any feedback received will be provided to the Minister for Planning as part of Rail Projects Victoria’s request that the Minister prepare, adopt and approve a Planning Scheme Amendment to facilitate delivery of the Avon River Bridge project.