Yarra Valley Trail – construction continues

Published on 06 June 2024

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Construction of the Yarra Valley Trail continues with works now taking place at the Yering to Yarra Glen section. 

This will see approximately 1.1 kilometres of trail along the historic railway take place and includes the restoration of the two heritage bridges which were part of the former Lilydale to Healesville train line. 

These iconic bridges will be preserved and reinforced with a concealed steel framework, ensuring their longevity and safety. 

Yarra Ranges Mayor, Councillor Sophie Todorov, highlighted its importance in the region - with trails being a favourite amongst residents and tourists alike. 

“The Yarra Valley Trail already goes from Lilydale to Coldstream with plans that it will connect up to Healesville and then onto Seville and link with the Warburton to Lilydale Trail. Our trails are incredibly popular and help to improve our wellbeing and social connection,” said Cr Todorov. 

Ryrie Ward Councillor Fiona McAllister said, "The Yarra Valley Trail is a great addition to our community, promoting outdoor activity and connecting people with the beautiful landscapes of our region. We are thrilled to see that construction has begun on this section of the trail.” 

Traffic control measures are currently in place on Melba Highway during construction hours to ensure the safety of workers and motorists. Council appreciates the community's patience and understanding during this period. 

"We understand that construction can be inconvenient, and we thank everyone for their cooperation. The long-term benefits of this trail will be substantial, providing a safe, off-road path for walking, cycling, and enjoying the natural beauty of the area," said Councillor McAllister. 

Upon completion, Stage 1B will form an integral part of an 11km off-road route stretching from Lilydale to Yarra Glen. This trail will connect users to the Yarra Valley Railway, the Yarra Valley Trail Northern Loop and future extensions, including Stage 2A from Yarra Glen to Tarrawarra. 

"The completion of this stage is a significant milestone. It brings us one step closer to realising the full vision of the Yarra Valley Trail, a project that will benefit our community for years to come," said Councillor Todorov. 

For more information on the Yarra Valley Trail and updates on construction, please visit www.rideyarraranges.com.au