Overhead rail structure for Victoria Park-Canning Level Crossing Removal project now complete - Public Transport Authority of Western Australia
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Overhead rail structure for Victoria Park-Canning Level Crossing Removal project now complete

Preparation for the Victoria Park-Canning Level Crossing Removal project has reached a critical milestone, with the entire overhead rail structure now complete.

The overhead rail structure will be more than four-kilometres in length, and will be made up of more than 500 precast L-beams.

The first L-beam was completed in late 2022, with each beam weighing around 130-tonne, including approximately eight-truckloads of concrete and 13-tonnes of steel.

During the project, the beams will be transported from two sites, to the Armadale Train Line corridor, and carefully lifted into place by custom-made gantry cranes, imported from Italy.

A total of four custom-made gantry cranes will be in operation on sites to install the L-beams.

L-beam pairs will be joined together to form a trough for the trains to run on the line.

The Cook Government recently announced a competition to name the gantry cranes doing the heavy lifting along the project. To get involved, enter here.

The upgrade of the 130-year-old Armadale Train Line will see seven new stations constructed, and the delivery of the Byford Rail Extension.

The project will also see the removal of 13-level-crossings that currently cause significant disruption and congestion to the local community, and the creation of around six-hectares of public open space that will be turned into new public amenities.

The Thornlie-Cockburn Link will also be completed during the shut.  Two new train stations are being constructed along Nicholson Road and Ranford Road; and the delivery of the first east-west rail link connecting the Armadale and Mandurah Train Lines.

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