Rising sky rail unites and divides

An artist''s impression of the new Noble Park Railway Station.

By Casey Neill

 Workers raised the first Noble Park column for Noble Park’s elevated rail in February, and put the first column into place in March.
It was part of the project dubbed sky rail, which will the level crossings at Heatherton, Chandler and Corrigan roads in Noble Park and create open space and parkland.
In April, Premier and Mulgrave MP Daniel Andrews visited the work site at Mons Parade to celebrate a 70-tonne Super T beam milestone.
“The first four beams, these horizontal beams we see behind us, were installed just a couple of days ago,” he said.
He said the level crossing removal would “unify” Noble Park.
By August, more than half of the beams needed to raise the rail line in Noble Park were in place and Greater Dandenong Council was advocating for a multi-deck car park near Sandown Railway Station.
Cr Tim Dark said the sky rail project was building “a permanent wall between two sides of Noble Park”.
In November, Liberal candidate for Mulgrave Maree Davenport said drug addicts and dealers would “flood” the open space beneath the sky rail in Noble Park.
She spoke out after the State Government revealed new designs for the parkland, which included a 1275 square metre fenced dog park, walking paths and 100 extra car spaces for commuters.

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