Piling begins at Preston
15 Jun 2021
Say hello to three of Preston’s newest residents; they’re about 27 metres tall, bright yellow, and they enjoy spending lots of time underground.
Three piling rigs have taken up temporary residence near Preston and Bell stations as they work to build strong foundations for the new elevated rail bridge in Preston.
These ‘giant drills’ will dig holes up to 30 metres deep, after which a cylindrical steel reinforcement will be inserted into the hole and filled with concrete to form a pile.
The concrete piers, or bridge columns, can then be built on top of these piles.
In all, there will be 142 piles required for the rail bridge in Preston, of various sizes - 2100mm, 1050mm and 1200mm diameter.
Once piling is complete you may start to notice concrete segments arriving on site, as the rail bridge begins to take shape.
With temporary stations at Bell and Preston now in use, the construction team will carry out the majority of works as trains run alongside on the Mernda line, minimising disruption to passengers.
Stay up to date
For information on local disruptions and road closures, we publish regular works notices for residents living near the rail line. These works notices include specific information about the type of construction taking place each week.
Our 24/7 Contact Centre is also available on 1800 105 105.
The level crossings at Oakover Road, Bell Street, Cramer Street and Murray Road will be removed by the end of 2022, and the open space underneath the new rail line ready for locals to enjoy in 2023.