Our Work on the Bayswater Level Crossing Removal
Eastern Plant hire are long-time members of the Melbourne construction and machinery hire scene and so when the Level Crossing Removal Authority was created with the intention to remove over 75 crossings from Melbourne’s streets we knew we could contribute. With an extensive fleet of construction plant and materials haulage trucks, we’ve been successful in working on more than three level crossing removal projects.
While each level crossing removal project is different there are two main types of removal, either the road goes up and over the train line or the training is dropped below the road. It is determined based on the density around the train line, ground conditions and surrounding street layout. With the Bayswater Level Crossing Removal, it was decided with the surrounding environment that lowering the rail line below Mountian Highway and Scoresby Road was the more efficient way to remove two dangerous and congested level crossings.
The entire project consisted of:
- Lowering the rail line below Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road
- Raising Mountain Highway at the point of the crossing to allow continued train access to the Train Maintenance Facility behind Bayswater Station
- Rebuilding Bayswater Station Train Station and creating a new forecourt and public area
- Allowing platforms to be accessed via lifts, ramps and stairs
- Reconstructing the station car park, optimising parking and providing the same number of spaces and reconstructing the bus interchange
- Building a separated walking and cycling path.
Eastern Plant Hire predominantly undertook materials haulage contracts for Laing O’Rourke, the main contractors for the $177 million Bayswater level crossing removal project. Our experienced truck and dogs, semi tippers and quad dogs were essential in providing fast and efficient materials haulage for the excavations. We were also about to utilise our plant subcontractor network to fill gaps in machinery needs on-site. With construction lasting just over a year between 2016 and 2017, the works were finished on time and on budget, thanks to Eastern Plant Hire.