Rail line upgrade milestone reached

Rail line upgrade milestone reached

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Local manufacturers Humes and Australian Precast Solutions will undertake production of the beams which will be cast, cleaned and stored onsite.

Preparation to remove the Victoria Park-Canning level crossing has reached a critical milestone, with the entire overhead rail structure now complete.

The overhead rail will be more than 4km long and made up of more than 500 precast L-beams.

The first L-beam was completed in late 2022, with each beam weighing around 130-tonnes, including about eight-truckloads of concrete and 13-tonnes of steel.

During the project, the beams will be transported from two sites, to the Armadale train line corridor, and lifted into place by custom-made gantry cranes, imported from Italy.

Four custom-made gantry cranes will be in operation on sites to install the L-beams.

L-beam pairs will be joined together to form a trough for the trains to run on the line.

The upgrade of the 130-year-old Armadale train line, will see seven new stations built with an extension to Byford.

There will be 13-level-crossings removed with about 6ha of public open space turned into new public amenities.

The METRONET Thornlie-Cockburn Link will also be completed during the shutdown.

Two new train stations are being built along Nicholson Road and Ranford Road; and the delivery of the first east-west rail link connecting the Armadale and Mandurah train lines.