Tuesday 24th Apr, 2018

6m hours worked, 100 beams lifted on Melbourne’s skyrail

Photo: Level Crossing Removal Authority
Photo: Level Crossing Removal Authority

At least 100 beams have been lifted into place on the future Cranbourne-Pakenham line in Melbourne’s south-east, as part of the project to remove nine of the city’s busiest level crossings.

The Caulfield to Dandenong project is being delivered by the Level Crossing Removal Authority, via a contracted alliance of Lendlease, CPB Contractors, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff and Aurecon.

The project will eliminate nine level crossings on the busiest stretch of the Metro Trains network: the section of double track between Caulfield and Dandenong railway stations, shared by the Cranbourne and Pakenham railway lines.

The Caulfield to Dandenong project also includes the rebuilding of stations at Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Hughesdale, Clayton and Noble Park.

In its latest construction update, the LXRA said that as of January 10, a super-sized straddle carrier had lifted over 100 beams into place, weighing up to 400 tonnes apiece.

The beams, lifted with the aid of a pair of two large gantry cranes, will help form a 3.2-kilometre section of elevated railway. Around 70 more beams remain to be lifted, before steel track will be laid.

“Getting these 100 spans in place is a huge achievement, and one our crews should be proud of,” project director Brett Summers said.

“Understanding the complexity of this section, we’ve sourced these innovative machines to achieve the elevated design.”

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, who represents the nearby district of Mulgrave, said the level crossings on the Cranbourne-Pakenham line were “dangerous relics of the past,” which had to be removed.

“My community lives the frustration of these boom gates every single day – I’ve had enough of them and can’t wait to see them gone for good.”

Acting transport minister Philip Dalidakis thanked passengers for their patience as buses have replaced trains across segments of the lines in recent weeks, while intensive crossing removal works have taken place.

“We’re ahead of schedule and the end result will be worth it,” Dalidakis said. “This massive project is creating thousands of jobs here in Melbourne’s south-east, and will allow us to run more trains, more often on the city’s busiest train line.”

  • Step O’Rafferty

    This project is providing enormous time saving benefits for hundreds of thousands motorists and will relieve road traffic congestion in the south east. However it will not increase the capacity of Victoria’s busiest rail corridor. To increase train frequency would require the addition of two new tracks (quadruplication of the line) which would provide two express and two local lines. Even the addition of a third line would have provided some peak time relief. This has not been done so the south east line is still has the same capacity as it has had for 100 years. V/Line passengers have no improvement whatsoever to look forward to. Express trains will still stop between every station rather than at the station platforms.
    Let’s be honest: The Caulfield to Dandenong project is a ROADS project, not a rail project.

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