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?

Works are now complete

We're pleased to announce that works to remove two level crossings at Main and Furlong Roads are now complete.

Two new stations are fully operational, with the rail line running under Furlong and Main Roads. A new bus bay is servicing St Albans Station, and tenants are starting to fit out their businesses in the station's brand new retail spaces.

Main Road, St Albans level crossings was removed in 2016 and was one of Melbourne's worst. A memorial  has been installed at St Albans Station entrance to serve as a lasting tribute to those Victorians who have tragically lost their lives at level crossings, and a reminder of why it is so important to get rid of dangerous level crossings.

The new completed St Albans Station

Design

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 included:

  • 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.

Main Road, St Albans

Removal of the Main Road level crossing has transformed the station area into a modern transport interchange. The design included:

  • 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.

Community

A Stakeholder Liaison Group (SLG) comprised of local businesses, community groups and residents met regularly throughout the project to provide input and share information within the community.Local residents, businesses and other stakeholders were 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.

Celebrate My St Albans

We couldn't have achieved this major transformation without the patience and support of the local community. To say thank you we had thousands of community members join us at our  family fun day on Saturday 17 June, to help celebrate the completion of the project.

Clown making balloon animals for children

Environment

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 required the establishment of a Conservation reserve (biosite) to protect the threatened species and communities present.

The Project Environmental Management Strategy outlined how we will achieve acceptable environmental outcomes.

The Project Conservation Management Plan outlined 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 required the preparation of a Construction Environment Management Plan to minimise environmental risks associated with potential impacts to the environment and the community. This included measures to reduce impacts such as construction noise and local traffic disruptions, and for tree retention.

The approved plans are available online or alternatively please contact furlongmain@levelcrossings.com.au.

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