The level crossings on Main Road and Furlong Road have been removed and works are continuing to complete the new St Albans and Ginifer stations.
A project team including CPB Contractors, Aurecon, Arcadis, VicRoads, Public Transport Victoria and Metro Trains Melbourne will remove the level crossings and rebuild Ginifer and St Albans Stations. The project will also remove level crossings at Blackburn Road in Blackburn and Heatherdale Road in Mitcham.
What's been happening?
Both Main Road and Furlong Road level crossings have been removed and the two new stations are open at St Albans and Ginifer.
Further works will continue throughout 2016 in and around the stations while we complete the transformation.
What was achieved during October:
- Two level crossings were removed at once.
- Rebuilt two new operational stations at Ginifer and St Albans.
- 600 people worked around the clock for over 176,000 hours.
- Removed 48,000 cubic metres from the rail corridor, equivalent to around 18 Olympic swimming pools.
- Removed 20,860 tonnes of ballast and 8701 sleepers.
- Laid approximately 6 kilometres of new track.
This timelapse footage was taken at the construction sites during October.
Boom gates gone!
Furlong Road has opened back up to traffic and the old rail line and boom gates are gone forever. The project team have completed drainage works underneath the road and have now laid new asphalt for a smoother ride over the once dangerous rail crossing. Work in the area will continue throughout 2016 to complete upgrading the intersections with St Albans Road and Willaton Street.
Works on Main road commence this November with the road closed from Friday 4 until Monday 28 November.
While the road is closed we will remove the old railway track and asphalt, finish bridge works, install drainage, upgrade traffic signals and resurface the intersection.
Over the coming months we will also:
- carry out further work on the stations
- install ramps and platform shelters
- construct the new bus interchange at St Albans station
- rebuild customer car parks, taxi ranks and 'Kiss and Ride' facilities
- connect the new stations with a walking and cycling path
- replant and landscape the station precincts.
We are dedicated to minimising the impacts on the community as much as possible; however, construction of a major project does have some unavoidable impacts.
Car park changes
As part of the works to remove the level crossings there will be long term car space closures around the stations. Customers are encouraged to consider alternative transport to the station during this time.
St Albans Station
Monday 29 February 2016 to Mid 2017
As part of the works to remove the level crossing at Main Road there will be long term car space closures around the station.
- Up to 106 car spaces closed in the West Esplanade car park for excavation to lower the rail line.
- Alternative parking will be provided in the St Albans Hotel and St Albans Bingo Centre car park on McKenchnie Street.
Pedestrian access over the rail line during November
There will be changed pedestrian access to cross the rail line near Main Road.
- Ruth Street pedestrian crossing closed Tuesday 1 to Wednesday 30 November.
The video below shows an overview of the design of the Main Road and Furlong Road projects.
Furlong Road, St Albans
This level crossing removal will include:
- lowering the rail line below Furlong Road
- moving Ginifer Station up to the intersection at Furlong Road, with access to the station at Furlong Road and Bond Street
- installing platforms in the rail cutting accessed via lifts, ramp and stairs
- building a walking and cycling path parallel to the rail line, from Furlong Road to Willis Street
- relocating the car park to the east of the rail line, maintaining at least the same number of spaces.
Artist impression of Ginifer Station.
Main Road, St Albans
Removal of the Main Road level crossing will transform the station area into a modern transport interchange. The design includes:
- lowering the rail line below Main Road
- rebuilding St Albans Station
- accessing lowered platforms via lifts, ramps and stairs
- reconstructing the station car park providing the same number of spaces as a minimum
- building a walking and cycling path
- relocating the bus interchange from Alfrieda Street to either side of the station
- a pedestrian overpass at Ruth Street.
Artist impression of the Main Road level crossing removal.
Careful planning and scheduling will maintain road access and train services through much of the construction program, however some road, rail and station closures will be necessary to undertake works safely.
A Stakeholder Liaison Group (SLG) comprised of local businesses, community groups and residents meets regularly to provide input into the project, and share information within the community.Local residents, businesses and other stakeholders are being kept up to date with the project and its progress via website updates, regular bulletins and letterbox drops, local newspaper advertising, onsite information boards and community information displays.
We have been working closely with the local traders association to minimise the impact of scheduled closures and have developed the My St Albans campaign to support the businesses. This was launched earlier this year and will be used into the Christmas period to encourage everyone to shop locally and support the community.
A number of conservation significant species were identified in the Main Road Level Crossing Removal project area, including threatened flora species listed under Federal and State environment legislation. Approval to construct the works was granted in 2014 under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. This approval requires the establishment of a Conservation reserve (biosite) to protect the threatened species and communities present.
The Project Environmental Management Strategy outlines how we will achieve acceptable environmental outcomes.
The Project Conservation Management Plan outlines the management actions and monitoring requirements to protect the ecological values of the area. Monitoring surveys and annual reporting are completed to ensure compliance with the conditions for the long term protection of this conservation reserve.
Approval under Victorian legislation also requires the preparation of a Construction Environment Management Plan to minimise environmental risks associated with potential impacts to the environment and the community. This includes measures to reduce impacts such as construction noise and local traffic disruptions, and for tree retention.