Posted: 30 Nov 2020
Trains will travel over the new Avon River bridge in December with construction of the bridge set to finish ahead of schedule.
The new bridge in Stratford will come into operation following a construction blitz currently underway until Sunday 6 December to get the new structure ready for services.
Coaches are replacing trains on sections of the Gippsland Line until Sunday 6 December. Passengers can find out if they’re affected and plan their journey by visiting the V/Line website or by calling 1800 800 007.
Crews will amass around 3,000 work hours during the construction blitz to complete the necessary track and signalling works required to connect the new bridge with the existing rail line.
This builds on the 95,000 work hours that have already been clocked up on the project to date, which mostly took place under modified working conditions consistent with advice from the Chief Health Officer to protect workers and the community.
Trains will be able to travel at up to 90 km/h on the new bridge, a vast improvement on the 10 km/h speed limit on the existing bridge.
The new bridge is being delivered as part of the Gippsland Line Upgrade, which will enable more frequent and reliable services for passengers by duplicating track, extending the Morwell crossing loop, upgrading level crossings and signalling and adding second platforms at four stations along the line.
The project will create 400 jobs and improve train services to and from the region, including enabling trains to run every 40 minutes in off-peak periods.
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