Our project to build a new bridge over the Avon River in Stratford is now complete, with trains travelling over the new bridge three months ahead of schedule.
Trains can 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, improving reliability for passenger services.
The nearby McAlister Street level crossing has been upgraded, improving safety for road users and train passengers.
Apex Park upgrade
We delivered improvements to Apex Park in Stratford as part of the project.
The improvements to Apex Park included:
- a new BMX/pump track
- a new nature-based playground
- a mural
- planting new vegetation.
We 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.
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.
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.