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.

At Ginifer Station, crews are working to complete car parks and landscaping. At St Albans Station, works will continue on the new retail building, bus interchange and car park over the next two months.

Image: Landscaping works are happening at Ginifer Station in March and April.

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.

Image: The five new retail spaces at St Albans Station are taking shape.

Construction impacts

Pedestrian access to St Albans Station will be affected by the completion works in late March and throughout April.

From Friday 24 March 2017 the only entrance to St Albans Station will be via the north-east entrance on the corner of 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 by 24 April 2017.

Station customer service staff will be on hand to provide assistance.

Image: It's all hands on deck as we head toward completion of the St Albans level crossing removal project in the middle of this year.

Traffic changes, night works and closures

The upgrade of the zebra crossing near the bus stops on McKechnie Street has begun and small crew will finish installing the new pedestrian crossing lights over three days  from Monday 20 March 2017.

Works to install the new pedestrian crossing lights at Princess Street and St Albans Road will also start on 20 March 2017. Princess Street will be closed week nights (Sunday to Thursday) for two weeks while a crew digs a trench for service conduit crossings across St Albans Road. These lights will create faster, safer access to St Albans Station for commuters.

McKechnie Street will be closed for one night on Wednesday 29 March 2017 to allow a large crane to remove the temporary toilets, Public Service Office and storage facilities from St Albans Station.

McKechnie Street will be closed again for four nights on Sunday 9 April to Thursday 13 April 2017 between 8:00pm and 5:00am to allow crews to complete road surface and asphalting works. McKechnie Street will remain open during the day. On these dates crews will also be working to complete the asphalting and line marking of Main Road East and West.

Local traffic conditions will be affected by these works, so keep an eye out for short-term lane closures and stop-go controls.

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, while 89 spaces closed for reconstruction and improvement works.
  • St Albans Road car park is closed for construction works and will reopen in late March with 146 spaces.

Ginifer Station

Car park construction works are currently effecting parking around Ginifer station in the following stages.

  • 82 spaces St Albans Road between Mulhall Drive and Elm Street, including 2 disability access spaces have closed.
  • 135 spaces north-west of Elm Street, including 4 disability access spaces, have opened.
  • 343 car parking spaces and 10 disability access spaces will be open on St Albans Road by the end of March 2017.

Disruptions

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. 

View planned travel disruptions page

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 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.

Ginifer Station artist impression

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.

Main Road level crossing artist impression

Image: Artist impression of the Main Road level crossing removal.

Community

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.

Stay updated

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.

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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 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.

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

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