Australian-First Technology To Remove Nine Level Crossings


06 September 2017

Victorian Government: A massive 60 metre-long wheeled carrier is about to start work on the Andrews Labor Government’s Caulfield to Dandenong project, which will remove nine of Victoria’s most dangerous and congested level crossings.

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today to inspect the ‘straddle carrier’ – a high-tech machine that will pick up beams from the Murrumbeena assembly area, carry them along the line and set them down on top of huge columns – creating the new elevated line through Melbourne’s south east.

The straddle carrier is longer than an Olympic swimming pool and the only machine of its kind in Australia.

It has been specifically devised to build the new track in the narrow, 3.2-kilometre section between Carnegie and Hughesdale without stopping trains and without the need to compulsorily acquire a single property.

Two huge gantry cranes have already started building the new rail line near Murrumbeena Station. The straddle carrier will extend the structure up the line towards Carnegie, then down the line to Hughesdale.

The nine level crossings between Dandenong and the city on the Cranbourne-Pakenham line are some of Melbourne’s worst, with boom gates down for up to 82 minutes in the morning peak.

The Labor Government’s Caulfield to Dandenong project will remove every one of these crossings, build five new stations and create 11 MCGs’ worth of new parks, paths and public open space.

The massive project has created 2,000 jobs, with 4.7 million work hours already complete. It has also provided skills and opportunities for 200 apprentices, and created 200 jobs manufacturing concrete segments in Pakenham.

The Labor Government isn’t wasting a moment removing 50 dangerous level crossings across Melbourne. Ten are already gone, and work is underway on a further 15.

All nine level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong are set to be removed by the end of next year.




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