FIRST BEAMS IN PLACE FOR CLAYTON ELEVATED RAIL

Posted on 22. May, 2017 in News

Clayton is one step closer to being free from level crossings with the first ‘Super-T’ beams now in place – the very first for elevated rail within the City of Monash.

Over the weekend, construction workers used two 200-tonne cranes to set 6 beams in place – taking advantage of a two-day rail line closure to fast-track works around the Clayton Station precinct.

A new 1.3-kilometre section of elevated rail will soon remove the level crossings at Clayton and Centre Roads once and for all, creating hectares of new parkland in the process.

The two crossings are both notorious for creating nightmare traffic conditions, with boom gates down for at least 82 minutes and 75 minutes respectively during each two-hour morning peak.

Construction workers have been busy over the past month, installing more than a dozen support piers (columns) in the lead up to this latest milestone. A total of 98 piers and 172 beams – manufactured by Victorian workers in Melton – will make up the new rail structure.

Meanwhile, plans are underway for a bigger and better station at Clayton to service Melbourne’s busiest suburban employment hub.

Cyclists,  pedestrians, train and bus users will all benefit from the upgrade which will improve transport interchanges and links to employment, study and business hubs including Monash University, Monash Health and Chadstone Shopping Centre.

More than 20 hectares of new open space will be created by raising the rail line, connecting nearby residents to shops, services and neighbours now cut off by the train line.

The combined result of level crossing removals, signalling upgrades and new trains will be a more frequent, reliable and comfortable service for passengers on the Cranbourne-Pakenham line.

For more information, visit levelcrossings.vic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Member for Clarinda Hong Lim

“We are putting an end to the traffic chaos at Clayton and Centre Roads by removing these level crossings which are putting lives at risk on a daily basis.” 

“In the seven years from 2009 to 2016 there were 335 near misses or collisions on this rail line – that is unacceptable and has to change.

“For some time now Clayton has been emerging as a major centre for employment and activity – it’s time that our transport infrastructure steps up to better serve the people who live, work and study here.”

 

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