Our lead paint removal work on the Cringila railway station

Cringila Railway Station Restoration

Cringila railway station began a restoration project in December 2019 consisting of extensive structural restoration, repairs, and a total remediation of all lead-based coatings throughout the station. Precision Laser Cleaning was engaged on the project to perform lead paint removal on all the overpass areas above the live tracks without shutting down train services. PLC was awarded the work for our affordability, convenience, and non-abrasive nature of laser cleaning, which make us the ideal cleaning contractor for rail works.

Cringila railway station restoration

A heritage station on the NSW South Coast

Cringila railway station, located just south of Wollongong, has been standing since July 1916, when it was used primarily by steelworkers. It has evolved over the years - starting during the Second World War, when a new island-platform was added, and continuing when it was electrified in 1986. Cringila railway station is now listed on the local heritage register, though it is still functional, serviced by the South Coast Line. The 2019 restoration works ensured this heritage station could continue to operate for years to come.

Lead paint removal
Lead paint removal Cringila

Our Solution

The lead paint removal works at Cringila station were served by both sandblasting techniques and with Precision Laser Cleaning’s services. The traditional sandblasting techniques required large scale encapsulation and scaffolding, which were not suitable for lead paint removal in the overpass areas where the sandblasting structures would block the trainline. Instead of shutting down the railway station, the Cringila restoration project contractor approached Precision Laser Cleaning for lead paint removal that did not require disturbing the scheduled trains.


The PLC solution

PLC provided two portable laser cleaners to the project, which did not require encapsulation structures to be built. Our portable laser cleaning technology enables us to quickly mobilise, and the laser cleaners are built with HEPA extraction chambers that provide localised controlled containment of the lead paint with no bulky structures required. The ability to contain the removed lead paint in an extraction chamber is vital to cleaning projects of this nature, as it protects workers and the public from inhaling lead while avoiding site shutdowns.

The project was completed on time with no disruption to the public.

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