First columns installed on Caulfield to Dandenong project
01 Feb 2017
The first columns of the new, elevated train line that will remove nine of Victoria's worst level crossings from Caulfield to Dandenong are now in place in Murrumbeena.
A 350-tonne mobile crane was used to install 6.7-metre support columns, known as piers, constructed from concrete pieces being produced in Melton in Melbourne's outer west.
Over the coming months, more than 350 support columns will be installed along the rail corridor.
These crossings are among the state's worst, with boom gates down for more than 80 minutes in the morning peak at a number of sites – clogging traffic and putting lives at risk.
Their removal will reduce road congestion, improve safety and create space to run more trains, more often on Victoria's busiest rail corridor.
The $1.6 billion project will also build five new stations, upgrade power and signalling, and create 22.5 hectares on new public open space for parks, paths and community facilities under the new line and the project will create 2,000 new jobs overall.