Work has started on a huge rail siding to service the new precast concrete facility being built in Benalla.
Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan joined Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes to visit the worksite today, that will soon start producing precast concrete for the Andrews Labor Government’s West Gate Tunnel.
A new 700 metre siding will be created from the existing rail line to provide direct access to the precast facility.
New rail track will also be built – connected to the nearby freight line – so the concrete segments can be loaded directly from the precast facility on to freight trains and transported to Melbourne.
About 20 metre of new track has been laid and the existing train line is being upgraded ahead of the commissioning of the new siding in late 2018.
Construction is well underway on a new $60 million precast concrete facility in Benalla in readiness for concrete production.
The facility will initially provide over 65,000 concrete products for the massive West Gate Tunnel Project.
Excavators are currently levelling the site and the steel frames are going up for the three large sheds to be built on the site.
The precast facility will include a concrete batching plant, the large sheds for precast concrete production, offices, precast product storage, maintenance areas, a precast rail siding and 300 car parking spaces for workers.
The precast facility will be the largest of its kind in Victoria, capable of producing over 1,500 tonnes of concrete product per day at peak capacity.
The precast facility will create 400 jobs and will help ensure regional communities can benefit from the many opportunities created by the state’s booming infrastructure sector.
As noted by Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan
“It’s fantastic to see the progress being made on this, the largest precast concrete facility of its kind in Victoria.”
“Building the new rail siding means that we can get concrete products from Benalla to Melbourne via the existing rail network, avoiding heavy vehicle traffic and associated road impacts.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes
“This is a massive investment in Benalla and we are already seeing jobs being created for local people with construction well underway.”
“This facility nearly didn’t happen due to the Liberal and National parties’ opposition to the project, I’m proud that my home town of Benalla and people throughout the north east share in the benefits of the Andrews Labor Government’s West Gate Tunnel.”