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WORKS for the controversial sky rail line between Caulfield and Dandenong are ramping up, with two station carparks closing and trees being felled along the line.
Murrumbeena station carpark closed on Sunday, Carnegie’s carpark will close on Monday, and both carparks will not reopen for nearly two years.
Level Crossing Removal Authority project director Brett Summers said to offset the temporary loss of car spaces, additional car parking was available at Holmesglen Station (170 extra spaces) and East Malvern Station (172 extra spaces).
Mr Summers said there were also a number of two-hour parking spots on the corner of Murrumbeena and Neerim roads, which had been moved to the opposite side of the rail line while works were underway.
The early stages of the sky rail works in Carnegie. Picture Andrew TauberHe said temporary fencing was being put in place, ahead of the gantry cranes arriving later in the year.
“Up to now we’ve been moving a lot of services out of the way — gas, water, power,” Mr Summers said.
“We’re installing fencing to protect workers from the trains and to protect the community from the workforce. We’re also removing vegetation.”
Mr Summers said later this year work would start on putting in the foundations for the columns but due to the narrow rail corridor between Grange and Poath roads the construction team would use a gantry crane to build the elevated structure.
He said the gantry crane would drive along the existing elevated structure laying sections of deck onto the support piers, which meant trains could still run below the works. An animated video is available online.
An image of the massive gantry cranes that will build the sky rail.In the meantime, an information centre has been set up in Murrumbeena with the most up to date information on sky rail works.
Mr Summers said the pop up shop would provide people with the opportunity to speak face-to-face with members of the project team about any question or concerns, local issues and the progress of the project.
The Info Hub will be open Monday and Wednesday, 9am-5pm and Thursday from 9am-noon and 3pm-7pm. The hub is at 444 Neerim Rd, Murrumbeena.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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