We finished building the new bridge over the Avon River in Stratford in December 2020 and trains started travelling over the bridge three months ahead of schedule.
Trains can travel at up to 90km/h on the new structure. This is a significant improvement from the 10km/h speed limit on the old bridge and has improved reliability for passenger services.
The nearby McAlister Street level crossing was also upgraded, improving safety for road users and train passengers.
In December 2018, the Heritage Council of Victoria included the original Avon River bridge on the Victorian Heritage Register.
The bridge is considered significant due to its clear association with the development of Victoria’s railway network. It is a notable example of a rail bridge that can be easily understood and appreciated.