Works are underway in St Albans as part of the Sunbury Line Upgrade.
Works around St Albans
As part of the Sunbury Line Upgrade, a range of enhancements will be delivered to allow bigger, more modern trains to run more frequently on the line once the Metro Tunnel is complete. Construction of two new electrical substations are part of essential rail power upgrades happening in St Albans.
One of the new substations is located on Willaton Street, next to the train line just north of Ginifer station, within land set aside for rail purposes. The second substation will be built on St Albans Road, south of Ginifer station within an open space reserve next to the rail corridor and nearby the Western Ring Road.
Review of the existing train power supply and future transport needs along the Sunbury Line show both new substations are needed for power upgrades in this area.
Willaton Street substation
In late 2020, the project ran the first round of community consultation asking for feedback on early concept designs of the Willaton Street substation. You told us that you wanted to see a more natural design using materials and colours that would blend into the environment, rather than a bold design that did not prioritise planting and vegetation. Responses also requested well-maintained features that will blend into the local area.
Using the collated community feedback, the substation building and surrounding landscaping designs were refined to focus on:
- quality landscaping and planting using a variety of indigenous species and decorative plants from the local environment
- increasing screening of the substation using trees and plants
- using more natural colours and materials for the external elements of the substation building to ensure it fits within the environment
- an abstract landscape pattern to assist the decorative screen to blend into the local context
- reusing removed tree materials such as branches to provide habitat for local wildlife
- the use of feature volcanic rocks to highlight the geology of the local area.
In response to the first round of community feedback, the design of the substation and landscaping were refined and we ran a second round of community consultation in February 2021 to seek comments on the updated designs.
Now that the second round of community consultation has closed, the project team is collating and analysing the responses.
We expect to have final artist impressions of the substation completed in mid-2021.
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St Albans Road substation
Below is an artist impression of the new St Albans Road substation. In late February through to early March 2021 the project ran a round of community consultation asking for feedback on early concept designs of the new St Albans Road substation.
The online survey ran for two weeks and closed at 5pm Monday 8 March 2021. Now that the community consultation has closed, the project team is collating and analysing the responses.
Final designs will be made available to the community from mid-2021.
Works will be carefully planned to limit disruption to commuters and the local community. However, activities may create noise, dust and vibration typical of construction activities.
A construction site will be established in these areas to support the substation works. These will accommodate site facilities, equipment laydown and create a safe barrier between the construction site and pedestrians.
Site establishment activities will also include installing Tree Protection Zones for trees near the construction sites of the new and upgraded substations. There may also be drainage, sewerage and earthworks required onsite to connect services such as storm water.
To facilitate works in these areas, detours and signs will be in place during construction to ensure the safety of the community and workers.
There may be some unavoidable disruption to rail services so the work can be undertaken safely. Bus replacement services will be provided during any planned disruptions.
At times, out of hours works will also be required. Advance notification will be provided to local residents ahead of all out of hours construction activities.
The project team is working to minimise disruption to the community. We will keep the community updated as to how these disruptions will be managed as project designs and construction plans progress.
Preparatory works for substation construction will begin from mid-2021. The first stage of works generally involves clearing and utility connection works. Major construction on these substation buildings will start from late 2021 and is expected to be completed by 2022.
Detailed construction information will be provided to local communities prior to the start of works.
- Download the St Albans Road, St Albans fact sheet (PDF, 2.0 MB)
- Download the Willaton Street, St Albans substation fact sheet (PDF, 5.6 MB)
- Download the Willaton Street, St Albans substation urban design update fact sheet (PDF, 434.6 KB).