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 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 existing bridge.
The nearby McAlister Street level crossing will be 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 local artist Ray Thomas has been selected to design and deliver a mural as part of the project’s improvements to Apex Park.
The mural will be approximately 25 metres long and two metres high and will be painted on the wall of the new bridge overlooking Apex Park.
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?
CPB Contractors has been appointed to design and build the new Avon River bridge.
Construction is well underway with the first 18 concrete bridge beams now in place to form the superstructure of the new 504-metre bridge.
With the first batch of beams now installed, construction crews have been able to begin pouring the concrete deck slab and attach walls to form the sides of the bridge.
Piling for the bridge is almost complete, with more than 100 pre-cast concrete piles driven into the ground and only a small number of steel piles remaining.
In coming months, 18 more beams will be lifted into place on top of the piling, before the remaining walls of the bridge are added and the concrete slab is completed.
The new bridge is being delivered as part of the Gippsland Line Upgrade and is 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.
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.