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On Track at the Preston Tram Workshops

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CR DTPLI RAILAWARDS

In October 2014, Coleman Rail was awarded the Design & Construct contract for the Preston Tram Workshops following the successful completion of the Preston Plate Shop Redevelopment. The $190m package is the largest tram depot redevelopment in Melbourne’s history and will transform the site into a state-of-the-art facility that will service the new generation of E-Class trams.

The Preston Tram Workshops, which resides on an 18-acre site on St Georges Road, will provide Yarra Trams with brand new stabling, operational and maintenance facilities. The new and improved facilities will help maintain Melbourne’s extensive tram network by ensuring a reliable service for the 180 million passengers that use trams each year to commute throughout the inner metropolitan area.

As part of the works, Coleman Rail will provide the following upgrades to the depot:

  • 7km of new tram tracks within the depot
  • Reconfigured maintenance facility
  • Brand new tram servicing area
  • New sanding facilities 
  • Extended storage building
  • Newly installed tram wash
  • Automatic wheel measuring facility.

The team at the tram workshops have been on site since October 2014, working intensely to ensure the on-time delivery of the project. A substantial portion of the works have been completed to date including the Miller Street entrance and unloading dock, Western Fan stabling roads and the Eastern Ladder exit road that includes new tracks and the construction of a 10m high retaining wall around the perimeter of the site. Sections of these stages have now been handed over to Yarra Trams for operational use.

Project Director, Stephen Shaddock, is pleased with the progress of the project, “I am happy to stay that we are tracking on schedule and are about to commence early Stage 7 and Stage 4 works, which involves extending the Stores.

“We identified the Heavy Maintenance and Collisions building as a critical area for early delivery, as it opens up the remainder of the site. This is currently in progress and on track for early completion,” said Stephen.

In addition to these works, Coleman Rail will be refurbishing the iconic theatre and administration building, which will be transformed for future use of the Preston Depot.

The project is due for completion at the end of January 2016.