Rail line upgrade milestone reached

Rail line upgrade milestone reached

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.