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?
Thanks for your patience St Albans – we're finishing the job
The boom gates are long gone and traffic is now flowing safely through the new intersections at Main and Furlong roads, over the Sunbury line.
The project is on track for completion in the middle of the year.
Crews have completed car parks and landscaping at Ginifer Station. At St Albans Station, the car park has been reopened and works continue on the new retail building and bus interchange.
Image: the new car park at St Albans.
Image: New bus bay and bicycle parking at Ginifer Station.
To assist with completion works at St Albans Station, crews will be working extended hours on the retail spaces, kerbing, paving and landscaping. Pedestrian access to St Albans Station will be affected by these works. See more under Construction Impacts.
Pedestrian access to St Albans Station will be affected by the completion works through May.
From Friday 19 May 2017 the only entrance to St Albans Station will be via the north-east corner, near St Albans Road and Main Road East. The western side of the station and the eastern side of McKechnie Street near the station will be closed to allow crews to safely complete landscaping, paving and brickwork.
Station customer service staff will be on hand to provide assistance.
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.
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.
Image: 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.
Image: Artist impression of the Main Road level crossing removal.
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.
- Furlong Main Community Update - June 2015 PDF, 1.3 MB
- Furlong Main Community Update - September 2015 PDF, 1.1 MB
- Furlong Main Community Update - December 2015
- Furlong Main Community Update - February 2016
- Furlong Main Community Update - April 2016
- Furlong Main Community Update - August 2016
- Furlong Main Community Update – November 2016
- Furlong Main Community Update – December 2016