New St. Albans Railway Station Now In Place

New St. Albans Railway Station Now In Place

Acting Victoria Minister for Public Transport Luke Donnellan

St. Albans Railway Station In Place After Journey Across Melbourne

Victor P Taffa

The new St. Albans railway station is on site in Melbourne’s west after being constructed more than 50 km away in Kilsyth.

“We’re getting rid of this deadly level crossing and rebuilding the station, to reduce congestion, improve public transport and save lives. Acting Minister for Public Transport Luke Donnellan said.

“Building the stations off site using the latest technology is quicker, safer and smarter, and it means they’ll be open sooner.”

Acting Public Transport Minister Luke Donnellan visited St. Albans today, where the station building has been lowered into place over the past week.

The new St. Albans Railway Station as well as the new Ginifer Railway Station being built as part of the Furlong Road level crossing removal was built in a factory in Kilsyth using cutting edge 3D modelling.

Prebuilding the stations inside boosts efficiency by enabling multiple works to occur at the same time, meaning the stations will be installed and open to passengers sooner.

It also improves the quality and safety of the construction process, by removing variables like weather conditions and space-constraints on site.

The pre-fabricated station was driven across town early on Monday morning in four giant segments by a convoy of six trucks and lifted into place by a 200 tonne crane.

The construction team are now completing the final fit outs of the station, and installing lifts, ramps and stairs.

The new station is part of the removal of the Main Road level crossing one of the most congested and dangerous crossings in Victoria.

There have been two deaths and more than 40 near misses at the Main Road crossing in the last 10 years. The boom gates are down for 65 minutes between 7:00 am and 9:00 am, closing Main Road which is used by 210 trains and 20,000 vehicles a day for more than half the morning peak.

“This crossing clogs our community and puts lives at risk every day. It needs to go and after years of excuses and inaction, we’re getting rid of it.” Member for St. Albans Natalie Suleyman said.

“We’re also rebuilding the station, to make it quicker and easier to get the train, and get home again at the end of the day safer and sooner.”

More than 2,000 staff has been involved in the package of works to remove the level crossings in St. Albans, with the project on track to be complete by mid next year.