New way of building trialled at Bentleigh Station

An innovative new construction method is being trialled this week at Bentleigh Station as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s plan to remove 50 of Victoria’s most dangerous and congested level crossings.

To remove the level crossings at North Road in Ormond, McKinnon Road in McKinnon and Centre Road in Bentleigh, the rail line will be lowered under the road, with new stations built to provide access to platforms below street level.

To build the lowered rail line and new stations, retaining walls will be built along areas excavated during construction.

The construction team is investigating a new way to build these walls, using a piling machine to push large metal sheets into the ground.

It is hoped this new construction method will make it quicker, easier and cheaper to build supporting walls as part of the Level Crossing Removal Project.

The new construction method is also expected to be quieter than traditional methods, meaning less impact on local residents.

For more information about the works call 9915 4788, email levelcrossings@ecodev.vic.gov.au or visit www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh, Nick Staikos

“The new construction method being trialled at Bentleigh Station involves piling metal sheets directly into the ground.”

“It aims to make it easier, quicker, cheaper and quieter to build retaining walls on the Project, reducing impact on local residents and removing these congested death traps sooner.”

“I would like to thank local residents impacted by the works for their patience as we get rid of the Centre Road level crossing.”

“This level crossing is dangerous, congested and stops us running more trains – it needs to go and the Andrews Labor Government is getting on with it.”

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