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CONSTRUCTION of the Southland railway station is set to begin later this month with an opening date set for the end of 2017.

Earlier this year designs for the $21m station were finalised more than five years after it was first promised.

Station designs show ramp and stair access to two platforms, an automated toilet, pedestrian underpass, platform seating and shelter, CCTV cameras and Protective Services Officers facilities.

It is expected 4400 passengers will use the Frankston Railway Line station situated between Highett and Cheltenham stations.

Plans for the station show it will back onto 10 Tulip Grove properties, which has raised concern from local residents.

It is not clear if screens will be erected at the station to shield the properties that back it.

Public Transport Victoria spokesman Jake McLaughlan said the authority had bought the property at 60 Tulip Grove for a possible future station access point.

"This option will be reviewed in the long-term should there be a need for another access point," he said.

Coleman Rail, who has previously worked on the Richmond railway station canopies and the Brunswick tram depot, has been awarded the contract to build the station.

Preparatory works for the station were completed earlier this year including drainage and signalling works.

Sections of rail track near the station construction site have also been raised to provide a straight track for the new station.

Bentleigh state Labor MP Nick Staikos said the station would get locals home safer and sooner every day.

"The new station will provide direct access to Southland by train for thousands of shoppers and staff, reducing local traffic congestion and pressure on parking."

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Dardan Djokaj (Met-Flow) has been engaged as the key Traffic Controller for the Preston Workshops Redevelopment Project since January 2015.

Traffic management in and out of a heavily congested operational worksite with many interfaces has certainly been challenging at times. Throughout this period, Dardan has openly embraced each challenge and done so with safety at the forefront of each activity, an excellent work ethic, and a friendly smile.

During a recent discussion, Dardan said that he loves his job, gets on really well with all personnel at Preston, and feels more like a Coleman Rail employee than one from Met-Flow. His consistency in safety performance and excellent work ethic has been recognised by client representatives and his peers, resulting in Dardan being named the worthy winner of the Safety Reward & Recognition Program for August.

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^PTWR Project Manager, Josh Thompson, congratulates Dardan Djokaj for his contribution towards safety.

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Following some heavy downpours, the temporary drainage pipes fitted inside the roof of the Stores Building had filled with water and were sagging, representing a hazard to workers below.

Sean Slefendorfas (from subcontractor Heritage Glass) promptly identified the hazard, and realising that no plumbers were on site, took it upon himself to promptly rectify the hazard by cutting and releasing the water pressure in a safe manner.

This “Safety in Action” was recognised by the PTWR Safety Management Committee and resulted in Sean being declared the winner of the Safety Reward & Recognition Program for July.

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^PTWR Project Manager, Josh Thompson, congratulates Sean Slefendorfas for his contribution towards safety.


Frank Ropis from subcontractor Deca Constructions was nominated by Daniel Wetzel on May 15 and subsequently endorsed by two other employees for his initiative and due diligence when spotting the brickwork remediation working at heights activities. The crew were very impressed at the disciplined approach applied by Frank “The Tank”, a former champion welterweight boxer (52 fights, 35 wins (18 by KO), 12 losses, 5 draws), who subsequently was named the winner of the PTWR Safety Reward & Recognition Program for May.



^ Construction Manager Josh Thompson (L) congratulates Frank Ropis for his contribution towards safety and on being the winner of the Safety Reward & Recognition Program for May.

PTWR Project Manager, Josh Thompson, was full of admiration for the approach towards safety of Site Supervisor, Daniel Wetzel, when supervising some significant lifts in the Stores area.

A key safety message for the month has been “self-empowerment” and in putting your hand up when unsure about a task.

In this instance (when supervising lifts), Daniel took the time to consult with Yarra Tram’s safety representative, just to be sure that all was in order. The client was suitably impressed and this initiative demonstrates the type of self-empowerment the project is intent on developing.

As a result, Daniel was named the winner of the PTWR Safety Reward & Recognition Program for June.



In May 2015, Coleman Rail commenced works at Richmond Station in Melbourne to extend the station’s canopies along the platforms and ramps, improving shelter for all commuters. The project, awarded by Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM), will include preparing the platforms for shelter footings and new shelters along platforms 1-10.

Richmond Station, a major interchange hub within Melbourne’s extensive train network, provides a portal to some of the city’s most iconic sporting and entertainment complexes including the MCG, Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena and AAMI Park. The busy nature of the station means that the works being undertaken are imperative to the city’s ongoing improvements to its infrastructure and public transport system. Providing better-quality shelter at the station will ensure that commuters are less exposed to the elements, therefore improving safety.

Although project completion time was anticipated to take approximately six months, the project looks set to be completed by end of September 2015 (~4½ months) thanks to Coleman Rail’s efficiency of project delivery.

Key personnel working on the Richmond Station Canopies Upgrade Project includes: Project Manager, Will Street; Project Engineer, Aaron Chan; and Site Supervisor, Scott Rerden. The team is working together to ensure the quality of the project delivery by developing and administering the following innovations on site:

  • fabrication of a special Manitou attachment to lift steel beams, and rotate and install from underneath with no headroom above; and
  • designing a lightweight steel canopy structure, enabling the use of lightweight lifting devices to raise steelwork during live platform and train running.


Recently Coleman Rail undertook an occupation over the Queen’s Birthday weekend, which provided the team with a 48-hour window to construct the two northern platform canopies and ramps. Within the first shift the team had successfully erected all steel structures as well as completed a large proportion of the electrical wiring.

Despite these advances, Melbourne’s severe wind conditions posed a serious threat to the roofing works being completed within the allocated timeframe. The team managed to secure additional roofers  at the last minute to finish the weekend on time.

Project Manager, Will Street, was extremely pleased with the progress his team was able to make despite the conditions: “We had a tight window to get all of the works completed and the wind was causing some real concerns.

“However, thanks to a lot hard work from everyone on site, we managed to complete all works within the set timeframe, capping off a very successful weekend.

“I’m very pleased with the progress. We’ve managed to minimise commuter disruption by performing works partially during live operations and managing a flexible work schedule to avoid major event periods,” Will said.

Works at Richmond Station will continue through September.

Please visit the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) website for more information about the upgrade: .


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On Saturday, 11th of April 2015, Coleman Rail employee Don Mackay was working behind the Plate Shop retrieving rail pedestals when he found a Yarra Trams stillage balancing precariously on top of another stillage.

The stillage was immediately removed.

Don was humbled by the award, and the man with a big heart immediately gifted the voucher to Rhiannon Lindsey, who was running in the Mother’s Day Classic on the Sunday to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

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^ General Superintendent Brett Lindsey (L) congratulates Don Mackay for his excellent contribution towards safety and a worthy winner of the PTWR Safety Reward & Recognition Program for April.

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The Safety Reward & Recognition Program out at our Preston Tram Workshops Redevelopment Project is about encouraging safety behaviours and recognising individual efforts.

Labourer Richard Vincec and Electrician Oliver Molloy were the two worthy nominated candidates for March 2015, with Oliver declared the winner.

On Tuesday, 3 March 2015, Oliver was undertaking a routine inspection of the electrical distribution board within the Welding Bay of the Body Shop. As he opened the mains board, he noticed that the neutral conductor connection lug to the bus bar glowing red hot.

On closer inspection it became evident that prior to Coleman Rail taking over the site, the connection lug had been incorrectly and inadequately terminated. The board was immediately isolated and repairs were conducted in securing the lug. At the time of incident the board was operating at normal load and had the potential to cause electrocution or fire.

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The official National Track Safety Induction (NTSI) launch took place on March 25 with a Rail Safety Conference Dinner at Shed 11 in Docklands attended by some 140 guest.

The Rail Industry, through the Australasian Railway Association (ARA), developed the NTSI course as the first step toward a national approach toward harmonisation and consistency in rail specific training across the industry.

With movement in the Industry over the last 10 years towards a national rail system, it is increasingly common for rail maintenance owners, operators, suppliers and contractors to work across multiple jurisdictions.

Common course materials such as NTSI are designed to make it easier for employees to move and work across jurisdictions and for employers to ensure their staff meets national, agreed training requirements and aid in recognition and transferability of employee’s skills in rail.

The NTSI course materials have been developed to include common training requirements for track safety awareness across Australia (also known as Train Track Safety Awareness (TTSA), Rail Industry Safety Induction (RISI) and Safely Access the Rail Corridor (SARC); incorporating two national units of competency:

  1. TLIF2080C - Safely access the rail corridor; and
  2. TLIW2001A - Operate under track protection rules.

Tony Villani, Rail Safety Manager and an integral NTSI committee member, was impressed by the calibre of guests and interest the course generated, “Brad Sullivan from MTM did a brilliant job of speaking on behalf of the committee.

“After his speech he was approached by representatives from Kiwi Rail and TasRail, both expressing interest in supporting the course and training their own staff via the approved RTOs,” said Tony.

The ARA acknowledged and thanked the following members for their time, dedication and generosity in sharing resources to enable the development of the National Track Safety Induction course materials. The collaborative approach demonstrated by both individuals and organisations was greatly appreciated:

  • Coleman Rail
  • Aurizon
  • Australian Rail Track Corporation
  • Downer Rail
  • Department Planning Transport and Infrastructure (SA)
  • Genesee & Wyoming
  • John Holland
  • Leighton
  • Lend Lease
  • Metro Trains Melbourne
  • Public Transport Authority (WA)
  • Queensland Rail
  • Transport for NSW
  • V/Line.

The National Track Safety Induction courseware development is supported by The Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB) and the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR).



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.

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