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Concept designs for the new rail bridge over the Maribyrnong River

Posted: 29 Mar 2021

A new rail bridge will be built across the Maribyrnong River to bring trains to the airport for the first time.

At 50m high, the new bridge will be the second highest bridge in Melbourne and span 550 metres. It will be built alongside the existing heritage-listed rail bridge over the Maribyrnong River.

Between Sunshine and the Albion Junction, airport trains will gradually rise to travel on new elevated twin tracks across a distance of less than two kilometres, before descending and continuing at ground level alongside the existing freight line through Sunshine and Airport West towards the airport.

The proposed elevated rail solution will avoid costly and disruptive impacts to several major roads.

Reference design along the alignment is underway in consultation with key stakeholders including councils, communities, government agencies, Heritage Victoria and contractors.

Construction on the project is set to start next year subject to all relevant approvals, with early works expected such as relocating utilities.

Albion concept design

Concept image of the new bridge over the Maribyrnong River

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