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Galvanised rails ensure pedestrian safety at Melb rail extension

Supplier: Moddex
02 September, 2013

The $498 million South Morang Rail Extension project was opened to the public in May 2012.

John Holland dealt directly with the Moddex Victorian distributor to source its safety handrails and guardrails for various applications required along the length of the extension.

The 3.5km railway line extension from Epping is the biggest expansion of Melbourne's rail network since the City Loop more than 30 years ago.

The project saw new stations open at Thomastown and Epping, with the newest station being South Morang, as well as the duplication of 5 kilometres of single track between Keon Park and Epping.

Over 2.5 kilometres of Moddex handrails and guardrails systems were installed to protect pedestrians and pedestrian access. John Holland site engineers ordered and installed the Moddex systems – specifically the Tuffrail range of industrial handrails.

They were attracted to the rapid delivery based on Moddex barrier systems being shipped flat packed – resulting also in proven savings in actual delivery costs. Installation was rapidly undertaken due to the modular, innovative design which needs no specialist installer skills and where no welding is required.

Eighteen months after project completion, the galvanised barriers that provide protection to pedestrians around culverts, flash flood zones, railway bridges and walkways, display no reduction in safety and robustness resulting from exposure.

The barriers have an expected life to first maintenance of 30 years due to the fact that there is no welding involved in the installation process.