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
- planting new vegetation.
We’ve asked the local community to help us design these improvements.
Acclaimed Gippsland artist Ray Thomas has painted a 25-metre long, two-metre high mural facing Apex Park, 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 Stratford community has also provided feedback on the concept design for the improvements to Apex Park. We will present the final design to the community in the coming months.
The project’s improvements to Apex Park, including a new nature-based playground and BMX/pump track, are targeted for completion in early 2021.
Local contractor opportunities
To support local businesses in the region, CPB Contractors will manage all procurement through the GROW Gippsland Regional Procurement Platform powered by VendorPanel Marketplace. The platform is free for suppliers, with no cost to register and submit quotes, and no servicing fees.
To register, go to vendorpanel.com.au/marketplace and:
- Select the appropriate category for your business
- Click on the link you receive
- Complete your business profile
Once registered, your business profile will be visible to CPB Contractors and other buyers in Gippsland.
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.