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Avon River bridge

Avon River bridge

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.

Apex Park.

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.

Avon River mural design.

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.

Videos

Rail project in Stratford now complete

First passenger train crosses new Avon River rail bridge

Avon River bridge to be completed earlier than planned

New Avon River bridge taking shape

Images

December 2020

New Avon River rail bridge.

November 2020

New Avon River rail bridge.

October 2020

New Avon River rail bridge.

July 2020

Drone shot of the new Avon River rail bridge

June 2020

Image of Avon River Bridge

April 2020

Image of Avon River Bridge

January 2020

Image of Avon River Bridge

December 2019

Image of Avon River Bridge

Bridge renders

Concept render of the new Avon River rail bridge.

Concept render of the new Avon River rail bridge.

Concept render of the new Avon River rail bridge.

Concept render of the new Avon River rail bridge.

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