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TWO high-tech machines never before used in Australia have begun laying track on a new elevated rail line at Noble Park.
The machines were tested at a facility at Clayton South and are now laying tracks on top of the 2.7km elevated section of the Pakenham line.
Construction director Simon Barnes said the main benefits of the remote control-operated devices were speed and safety.
“They’re built for efficiency and precision, to get the job done faster,” Mr Barnes said.
A worker installing the roof canopy on Noble Park's new train station. Picture: Pete GlenaneWithout the machines, each section of track would need to be manually installed by crews working on top of the elevated beams.
About 15 workers have being trained to operate the custom-built machines, which will be guided at speeds of up to 5km/h by a handheld remote device.
The track laying is expected to be finished next year.
The roof canopy for Noble Park’s new station, the first of five along the Packenham line, has been installed.
Work on the removal of the level crossing at Abbotts Rd, Dandenong South, is due to begin in December.
An artist’s impression of how Abbotts Rd, Dandenong South will look after the level crossing removal.Level Crossing Removal Authority project director Tony Hedley said work should be completed by 2019.
“The recent information session provided a chance for local traders to meet with the project team, discuss the design and hear more about the works,” Mr Hedley said.
“The project will raise the Cranbourne rail line over Abbotts Rd using a rail bridge design, which means less disruption for local businesses during construction.”
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Two people have been killed at the Abbots Rd level crossing in the past seven years.
Each weekday 23,000 vehicles, 48 buses and 120 trains cross the level crossing.
The boom gates are down for about 11 minutes during the morning peak period between 7am and 9.30am and while the duration of closure is fairly short, the amount of traffic creates congestion and queues.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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