There has been a major milestone for preparations of the METRONET Victoria Park-Canning Level Crossing Removal (VPCLXR) project as the first of 530 precast concrete L-beams for the project has been poured. 

 The L-beams are one of a number of precast concrete components that will form part of the nearly four kilometres of overhead rail being delivered through the VPCLXR project. Each beam is made up of approximately eight truckloads of concrete and 13 tonnes of steel. The beams are 2.2m high, 30m long and weigh 130 tonnes.

 “These L-beams will form the new rail-over-road viaducts that will be seen across the METRONET Victoria Park-Canning Level Crossing Removal Project,” WA Transport Minister, Rita Saffioti, said.

 “These beams will be pivotal in transforming the Armadale Line, removing level crossings and elevating rail in the area, opening up new public spaces for a variety of community uses.”

Located at the repurposed Midland brick site, Australian manufacturer Humes will undertake production of the beams, which will be cast, cleaned and stored on site.

 The project is not only fuelling local employment, but also engaging local businesses that will contribute to the fabrication and production of these structures.

 The facility includes multiple workstations to allow for the various stages of beam construction to be carried out simultaneously, ensuring a fast production rate of around two beams per day.

“Preparation is absolutely essential on this project, which is why we are starting the process of manufacturing our precast beams now,” Ms Saffioti said.

 One hundred per cent of the water used for cleaning the beams is recycled, and no concrete waste is left onsite.

 Humes bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the project, having played a critical role in Victoria’s Level Crossing Removal Project.

 The milestone comes as the McGowan Government confirmed its allocation of $87.5 million for the William Street level crossing removal and the Beckenham Station elevation, through the Mid-year Review.

 “This METRONET project will be transformational for people who live and work along the Armadale line,” WA Premier, Mark McGowan, said.

Federal Labor and the State Government both committed $87.5 million to the project in the lead up to the Federal Election, and both Governments have now confirmed the funding.

 The additional funding will now see the removal of six level crossings and the construction of five new elevated stations as part of the METRONET Victoria Park-Canning Level Crossing Removal Project.

 The McGowan Government has also announced an additional $39.1 million to support the temporary 18-month shutdown of the Armadale Line from the end of 2023.

“Already we are seeing real benefits for our state, with local industry playing a key role in manufacturing components of the overhead rail structure – with thousands more local jobs to be created across the life of the project,” Mr McGowan said.

Included in the funding will be:

  • A temporary bus interchange and carpark at Victoria Park Station
  • Construction of a dedicated city-bound bus lane on Shepperton Road
  • Delivery of intelligent transport system infrastructure – such as additional CCTV and variable message signs that give real-time travel information to drivers and help manage travel demand

 The level crossing removal project will significantly ease congestion along the Armadale Line, where some boom gates are down for several hours every day.

 The new elevated rail line will also generate new opportunities for development and public open space as land previously occupied by the rail line becomes available.

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