The kids of Clayton have chosen the name of the tiny but mighty TBM working its way under their suburb as part of building of SRL (Suburban Rail Loop) East.
Recently, they took the enthusiastic class of 4 and 5-year-olds from Goodstart Early Learning on a special tour of SRL East’s Dunstan Street construction site – teaching them about the diggers and tunnelling equipment being used in the early works.
This next generation of engineers, construction workers and urban planners welcomed us back to share their bright ideas for choosing the name for the micro TBM – from ‘Hulk the Super Worm’ to ‘Wander the Wombat’.
Following a vote (by show of little hands), the winning name was selected by the class as ‘Tracy the Treasure Hunter’!
With trains running on SRL East by 2035, these youngsters in Clayton are going to be some of the first to travel on SRL East and benefit from better links to universities and TAFE, health services and jobs.
Currently, the mini boring machine is working under Clayton Road after completing works along Dunstan Street. They have used technology specially designed to minimize community and traffic disruption, yet some lane closures are going to remain in place until November, while works carry on.
They continue to consult with locals and traders and have updated over 3000 residential properties and businesses in Clayton about the SRL East works. The ‘Discover Clayton’ campaign is in full flight, with almost 3000 vouchers and discounts rewarding shoppers who support their local businesses.
SRL East construction is going to generate up to 8000 jobs. When the project is completed, trains from Cheltenham to Box Hill will cut travel times and ease congestion on the roads, and a trip between Cheltenham and Clayton will take less than 10 minutes.
The SRL transport super hub at Clayton will be one of the busiest stations on the network, linking passengers to services on the Cranbourne/Pakenham and Gippsland lines and improving access to medical research facilities and hospitals in the growing health precinct.