stratford ready for big bridge build

Stratford will soon be a hive of construction activity with works on a new rail bridge over the Avon River set to begin.

The $95 million new bridge will allow trains to travel at up to 90km/h rather than the 10km/h they’re limited to on the existing bridge, which is more than 130 years old.

CPB Contractors have been appointed to design and construct the new bridge and have secured a location in Stratford to establish site offices for the upcoming build.

GROW Gippsland ran the industry briefing, where local contractors registered their interest in the various packages of work that will comprise the construction of the new bridge.

Site investigations, including geotechnical drilling, began in early 2018 and will continue in September to verify ground conditions.

The new bridge is being delivered as part of the half-a-billion-dollar Gippsland Line Upgrade, which will improve train services right along the line and has already delivered benefits for passengers.

Level crossing upgrades completed last year have enabled the more modern and comfortable VLocity trains to run to Bairnsdale for the first time.

The Gippsland Line Upgrade, part of the $1.75 billion Regional Rail Revival, will deliver 400 jobs and improve train services for passengers.

Information about the project is available at regionalrailrevival.vic.gov.au/gippsland

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett

“We’re getting on and delivering this new bridge – which will improve services for passengers and create jobs for Gippsland.”

“We’re keeping locals informed about the vital works – so local Gippsland businesses can be involved in building this important piece of infrastructure.”

Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

“The Gippsland Line Upgrade will mean more frequent and reliable train services for locals and improved safety for motorists – all while creating hundreds of jobs.