Work is well underway on the Main Road and Furlong Road level crossings with both projects to be completed by mid 2017.
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?
The project team at St Albans have commenced a month long, 24 hour works period, this October to remove the level crossings at Main Road and Furlong Road.
To carry out these important works a section of the Sunbury line is closed to trains and the Furlong Road level crossing intersection is currently closed to traffic and pedestrians.
Construction works continue on the new St Albans and Ginifer Stations and the new train tracks will start to be laid this week. Track laying involves the installation of:
- over 20,000 tonnes of crushed rock
- over 700 tonnes of rail
- and 8701 concrete sleepers.
St Albans Station concourse is taking shape
Works continue day and night on the Ginifer Station platforms
Come for a visit
We are holding weekly sessions for the month of October where the community can view the works and talk to a project member on:
- Tuesdays from 2:00pm to 3:00pm in the urban courtyard on the corner of East Esplanade and Main Road (Main Road Project).
- Thursdays from 2:00pm to 3:00pm at the Mulhall pedestrian footbridge on Willaton Street (Furlong Road Project).
Hot Chocolate viewing nights at both sites are held on:
- Tuesdays from 7:30pm at the Mulhall pedestrian footbridge on Willaton Street.
- Thursdays from 7:30pm in the urban courtyard on the corner of East Esplanade and Main Road.
Important dates to remember during construction
- 4 to 30 October – the Sunbury line through St Albans will be closed, with buses replacing trains between Sunshine and Sunbury.
- 12 to 27 October – Furlong Road closed at the level crossing.
- 4 to 28 November – Main Road closed at the level crossing.
When train services return on Monday 31 October, trains will travel under Main and Furlong Roads and two new stations will open at St Albans and Ginifer.
To coincide with these works and minimise future disruption for passengers, V/Line will also undertake works to improve the safety and reliability of services on the northern V/Line corridor. From 4 to 30 October trains will be replaced by buses from Southern Cross Station to Bendigo, Swan Hill and Echuca.
This drone footage was taken at the construction sites during September.
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.
Tuesday 4 October to Sunday 30 October 2016
- The St Albans Road car park and sections of the East Esplanade car park will close.
- Disability Permit parking spaces will be relocated to the East Esplanade car park during this time.
Tuesday 4 October to Sunday 9 October 2016
- The St Albans Road car park will be closed.
Monday 10 October to Sunday 30 October 2016
- The St Albans Road car park, between Elm Street and Mulhall Drive, will remain closed.
- Customer parking will be available on St Albans Road, between Elm Street and Aspen Street.
- Disability Permit parking spaces will be relocated within the car park during this time.
Pedestrian access over the rail line during October
Due to the rail closure from 4 to 30 October, there will be changed pedestrian access to cross the rail line near Main Road and Furlong Road.
- Ruth Street pedestrian crossing closed 4 to 31 October.
- New pedestrian bridge opens at Inner Circus from 7 October.
- Mulhall Pedestrian Bridge is closed 4 to 12 October.
- Pedestrian access at Furlong Road level crossing is closed from 13 to 27 October.
- Willis St pedestrian crossing will be open at all times during October.
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.