15 February 2017

Workers position a new rail lain into place

Three months after the removal of two dangerous and congested level crossings in St Albans, work is continuing to finish the new stations and surrounding areas.

Level Crossing Removal Authority CEO Kevin Devlin said today that while much of the work could be completed when trains are running, important upcoming drainage and platform works will require

some rail closures to be completed safely.

"The St Albans level crossings were among the most dangerous in Victoria, which is why we put in a major construction effort last year to get rid of the two crossings and open two new stations. We're now turning our focus to the station areas, so that these will become inviting places in the heart of St Albans," Mr Devlin said.

"Next month we need to install drains underneath the tracks, and complete ramps and platform shelters at both stations. Unfortunately these works simply cannot safely take place while trains are running," he said.

The Sunbury line will be closed for six days in March to enable the works, with buses to replace Sunbury line trains between Sunshine and Sunbury from Wednesday 8 March to Monday 13 March. Normal train services will resume on Tuesday 14 March.

Work at St Albans Station will see the new retail buildings completed, allowing crews to start constructing the new bus interchange. Crews will also work on 146 car parks along St Albans Road and complete the pedestrian bridges over the railway line.

Bendigo, Swan Hill and Echuca services will also be impacted as a result of these works, with coaches replacing trains from Wednesday 8 March to Monday 13 March. V/Line passengers are advised to check vline.com.au for details of service changes during this time.

Full details, including information about alternative transport during the works, will be available at levelcrossings.vic.gov.au and ptv.vic.gov.au

The St Albans and Ginifer station precincts are on track for full completion by mid-2017.