Regional Rail Revival works to build a new bridge over the Avon River and improve Stratford’s Apex Park is now complete.
Trains are travelling at higher speeds over the new bridge, which was completed 3 months ahead of schedule in December 2020, boosting reliability on the line.
The McAlister Street level crossing has been upgraded, improving safety for passengers, motorists and pedestrians.
And, most importantly for the children of Stratford, the new nature-based playground and BMX/pump track in Apex Park are open for play.
The local community joined us to celebrate at a community day in the park on Saturday 24 April.
In recent months, crews have undertaken ground preparation works including earthworks and drainage, pouring concrete slabs, placing rubber soft fall and mulch, installing new shelters and equipment, and asphalting for the new pump track.
Locals companies were heavily involved in the park improvements, including Liz Filmer Landscaping from Sale, A1 Asphalting from Traralgon, JP Asphalting from Longwarry and Rivex Cranes from Bairnsdale.
More than 140,000 hours were worked on the project in total, with more than 600 people inducted onto site during the project’s duration.
The project was delivered as part of the Gippsland Line Upgrade, which is delivering improved train services to the growing communities of Gippsland and creating 500 jobs.