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Abbotts Road community update – August 2018

21 Aug 2018

Bye bye boom gates!

A 10-day construction blitz at the Abbotts Road level crossing site will enable crews to remove the boom gates that cause delays for more than 20,000 vehicles each day.

Between Tuesday 28 August and Saturday 8 September, the rail line between Cranbourne and Dandenong will be temporarily closed as construction crews undertake work to raise the rail line over Abbotts Road. Works will also include upgrades to train signalling equipment as well as work on the overhead line equipment, which provides power to trains.

Abbotts Road will remain open during the rail closure, however may experience some delays while traveling through the area. A 40 kilometres per hour speed limit will apply and traffic controllers will assist to ensure vehicles can pass safely through the construction zone. From 8 September, traffic will flow freely along Abbotts Road with the boom gates gone and trains running on the new rail bridge.

Truck passing under rail bridge

Give the bus a go

During the rail closure from 8:00pm Tuesday 28 August to 9:00am Saturday 8 September, buses will replace trains between Dandenong and Cranbourne. Trains will continue to operate between Dandenong and Pakenham.

An express bus will operate in each direction on weekdays during the morning and evening peak. Passengers should allow up to 45 minutes of additional travel time.

Please note that works will be taking place elsewhere on the Pakenham line at times during the Abbotts Road works. For journey planning and service information, visit PTV or call 1800 800 007.

Trains and cars will be safely separated at Abbotts Road at the end of the 10-day construction blitz in late August/early September.

Works completed so far

If you’ve been past the site lately, you may have noticed we have been busy constructing the 410-metre-long rail bridge which, will allow trains to safely pass over Abbotts Road.

All 15 bridge beams are now in place, which form the innovative U-trough design. This design allows trains to run through the ‘u-shaped’ structure.

Other work over the past month has included installing cables for train signalling, and finishing the retaining walls on either end of the bridge.

We will continue to work with local businesses and the community to minimise disruptions as we enter the construction blitz at the end of August.

Work crews will continue to put the finishing touches on the project over coming months.

How is a rail bridge built?

A rail bridge is built in stages:

  • Precast concrete piles are driven into the ground with piling rigs.
  • Pile caps, which form the foundation for the piers, are poured to join the concrete piles together.
  • Precast concrete bridge columns and headstocks are placed on these foundations. The headstocks support the U-trough beams, the main part of the bridge you can see from Abbotts Road.
  • To form the U-trough, L-shaped beams are lifted onto the headstocks and ‘stitched’ together
    with concrete.
  • Rail track is then installed within the bridge structure.

Project timeline

December 2017
  • Site office established
  • Vegetation removed
January to February 2018
  • Access track constructed
  • Relocation of overhead powerlines
Early to Mid-2018
  • Build rail bridge over Abbotts Road
August to September 2018
  • Major rail closure
  • Boom gates removed
  • Install new rail tracks and signals
  • Trains running on new rail bridge
Early 2019
  • Landscaping works
  • Project completion

Fast facts

  • 6 kilometres – the total length of train signalling cables
  • 30 kilometres – the total length of pipe used to protect underground cables
  • 3200 tonnes of steel which is equivalent to eight A380 airliners
  • 4000 tonnes of concrete has been poured on site which is equivalent to 660 elephants
  • 156,644 hours worked on the site to date or the equivalent of more than 6,500 days

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