Fairfield station construction update - December 2021 and January 2022

UNITY Alliance will be undertaking a significant amount of work within the rail corridor over the Christmas and New Year period to lower approximately 350 metres of track. This work will be continuous day and night from Friday 24 December to Tuesday 4 January 2022, weather and construction conditions permitting.


Details of work

Fairfield station will close over the Christmas period to allow for an extensive upgrade to 350 metres of track as part of the Cross River Rail Project. To ensure all activities are completed on time an extended 10-day track closure is required, pending construction, weather conditions and approvals. Fairfield station will reopen to train services on 4 January 2022.

The works are listed below.

At Mildmay, Ashby, Victoria, and Equity streets and from 8:00am Friday 24 to 12:00am Saturday 25 December 2021, the following works will occur:

  • Set-up traffic control including bollards to close street parking on these streets

At Fairfield station and along the rail corridor, and continuously (day and night) between 12:00am Saturday 25 December and 2:00am Tuesday 4 January 2022, the following works will occur:

  • Track lowering activities including removal and reinstatement of 350 metres of track, resurfacing and tamping activities
  • Station works including installation of new platform 3 precast retaining wall

Along the Fairfield local road network, and continuously (day and night) between 12:00am Saturday 25 December and 2:00am Tuesday 4 January 2022, the following works will occur:

  • Construction heavy vehicles will access the work site via Fairfield Road, Ashby Street, Mildmay Street and Victoria Street.
  • Ensign Avenue, Mildmay Street and Ashby Street will be used by construction vehicles to access the rail corridor and construction site

Please see the map below for more detailed information.

Fairfield local roads – Temporary traffic changes

Map showing Fairfield station track lowering work areas and temporary traffic changes on Ashby Street / Mildmay Street (between Lanyard Street and Southall Street) and Equity Street, no parking areas on Victoria Street and Equity Street, and pedestrian movements around work areas.


What to expect

During these works you may notice some intermittent disruptions such as:

  • Full closure of Mildmay Street / Ashby Street between Lanyard Street and Southall Street from 12:00am Saturday 25 December 2021 to 2:00am Tuesday 4 January 2022 (refer to map).
  • Single lane two-way traffic on Equity Street between 12:00am Saturday 25 December 2021 to 2:00am Tuesday 4 January 2022 (refer to map)
  • Access will be maintained to local properties under traffic control guidance. Some delays may be experienced
  • Closure of the Fairfield station pedestrian overpass. Pedestrians will be diverted to the Cronin Street pedestrian overpass
  • No street parking on Victoria Street or Equity Street and parts of Mildmay and Ashby streets
  • Access to Fairfield Gardens Shopping Centre will be via Fairfield Road or Brougham Street only
  • Trucks and machinery including graders, frontend loaders, excavators with rock breakers, vacuum trucks, trucks, mobile cranes, rail cutting saws, small power tools, minor vibrating equipment and mobile lighting towers to light work areas at night
  • Although the train line is closed to services, freight trains will be used to move materials (e.g., ballast) between Clapham Yard and Fairfield station for these works
  • Changes around your local area such as construction vehicles, traffic management signs and personnel
  • Placement of temporary fencing around construction areas
  • Increased noise, vibration and dust associated with the use of heavy machinery and equipment.


Signage will be in place to direct motorists, pedestrians and cyclists around works areas. Please observe the directions of traffic control while passing through the area.

We appreciate your patience during construction and will continue to update you as work progresses.

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