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Monash Experts: Plastic railway sleepers in Victoria

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Plastic railway sleepers in Victoria

Ravi Ravitharan, Director, Institute of Railway Technology at Monash University

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As of today, more than 200 recycled railway sleepers will be used to carry trains across the Melbourne CBD - using waste that would have otherwise gone to landfill.

In collaboration with the Monash Institute of Railway Technology, Public Transport Victoria is looking to trial the use of recycled plastic railway sleepers for 18 months. They’re made from a mix of polystyrene and agricultural waste, and have a potential lifespan of 50 years.

The success of this composite sleeper development has also attracted attention from the sugar cane industry for their sugar cane track maintenance.

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