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?
Major construction works planned from 8 March to 13 March 2017
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.
Before we can finish the whole project in the middle of this year, some final major works need to be undertaken.
From Wednesday 8 March to Monday 13 March 2017 buses will replace trains between Sunshine and Sunbury to allow crews to install essential track drainage and carry out some building works on and around Ginifer and St Albans stations.
Due to the complex nature of the project, construction activities will occur both day and night (24 hours). The train line must be closed to allow our crews to safely complete this essential work.
Normal train services will resume on Tuesday 14 March.
Find out more on our disruptions page.
Artist's impression of St Albans Station
Crews will work as normal in and around both stations before the closure of the rail line. After the last train service on Tuesday 7 March, the rail line will close and construction activities will occur 24 hours a day, both in and around the station, and on the railway tracks. The 24 hour work activity will cease when normal train services resume on Tuesday 14 March 2017.
Excavation and drilling works in the rail corridor require use of large drills, excavators, tippers and trucks. These works will generate a medium level of noise disturbance. There will be low-level noise from generators. There will be medium level lighting impacts in localised areas during night works. Lighting is to be directed away from residences where possible.
Most of the noisy work will be completed during the day.
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.
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.
Pedestrian access over the rail line
Mulhall Drive pedestrian bridge
Completion works for the new pedestrian bridge at Mulhall Drive (north of Furlong Road) will commence in mid-February. Works include installation of screens, landscaping and the connecting of footpaths. Signage will be in place to advise pedestrians of any short-term detours.
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