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?
Main Road level crossing gone forever
Main Road re-opened without boom gates on Monday 28 November after three weeks of round-the-clock works.
The Main Road level crossing was Victoria's most dangerous. It was also one of the most congested, with the boom gates down for more than an hour in the two-hour morning peak.
This timelapse footage was taken at the construction sites over the course of the removal.
With the level crossing now gone, finishing touches continue, with the project set to be complete in May 2017. This includes work on the new St Albans and Ginifer stations, surrounding pedestrian crossings, footpaths, landscaping and car parks.
During December, a small night crew has been installing platform shelters, ramps, screens, canopy roofing, cladding and perforated panels on the new Stations.
Intersection works continue on McKechnie Street, Willaton Street and St Albans Road, with some short-term lane closures.
St Albans and Ginifer stations – ongoing day and night works
During December, a small night crew has been installing platform shelters, ramps, screens, canopy roofing, cladding and perforated panels on the new stations. Intersection works continue on McKechnie Street, Willaton Street and St Albans Road, with some short-term lane closures.
Retail space at St Albans station
Early steel works have commenced for the construction of five new retail spaces at St Albans Station. These spaces will offer convenient shops and services in the heart of the redeveloped transport hub, providing improved transport connections and a unique place for people to socialise or visit while they wait for their bus or train. Works on the new bus interchange will kick off next year.
Artist's impression of St Albans Station
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.
For information on ongoing work, read the latest community update.
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
Car park construction works are currently effecting station parking on East Esplanade.
- 145 spaces will open in the East Esplanade car park on January 31.
- The 89 spaces currently open in the East Esplanade car park will close on February 1 to allow for reconstruction and improvement works.
St Albans Road car park will be closed for construction works in early February and will reopen in late March with 146 spaces.
Car park construction works are currently effecting parking around Ginifer station in the following stages.
- 82 spaces are currently open on St Albans Road between Mulhall Drive and Elm Street, including 2 disability access spaces. These will close on January 31.
- 135 spaces north-west of Elm Street will open on January 31, including 4 disability access spaces.
- 343 car parking spaces and 10 disability access spaces will be open on St Albans Road by the end of March 2017.
Pedestrian access over the rail line
Ruth Street pedestrian bridge
The new Ruth Street pedestrian bridge crossing will be opened to the community from Tuesday 20 December. You'll see more work on the bridge next year as we install screens and landscape the area.
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.
- 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