Better Public Transport, Less Congestion, More Jobs

A massive, purpose-built factory in Pakenham is creating hundreds of jobs to build the new elevated train line that will remove nine of Victoria’s worst level crossings.

Premier Daniel Andrews, Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan and Member for Eastern Victoria Daniel Mulino today met workers at the 13,000 square metre facility, which is building concrete segments for the Andrews Labor Government’s Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project.

Work at the massive facility is about to hit peak production – with 200 local concreters, steel fixers, welders and plant operators producing up to 17 concrete segments every day.

During the factory’s construction, 100 jobs were also created to build it from scratch in order to manufacture the concrete segments.

Approximately 2,200 of the 26-tonne segments will be trucked to Murrumbeena and lifted into place by huge gantry cranes, which are 150 metres long and 10 storeys high.

A second separate pre-cast facility in Melton will produce the concrete piers that will support the elevated structure.

The $1.6 billion project will remove nine dangerous and congested level crossings, build five new stations, create 11 MCGs worth of open space, creating 2000 jobs for Victoria.

It includes a 92 per cent local content requirement and the condition that all steel products used are made from locally milled steel by local fabricators.

The Labor Government is getting on with removing  50 of Victoria’s worst level crossings, with ten already gone, ten under construction and seven more will start this year.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“Our plan to remove 50 dangerous and congested level crossings is saving lives and creating thousands of jobs for Victoria.”

“This isn’t just good news for drivers and public transport users, it’s great news for Victorian workers and industries.”

Quote attributable to Wade Noonan, Minister Industry and Employment

“By setting strict requirements for local content on major projects, and putting more apprentices and trainees into work, we’re making sure Victorians reap the benefits of our investments.”

Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Daniel Mulino

“It’s fantastic that our record investment in infrastructure is bringing economic opportunities and more jobs to Pakenham.”