Work powers ahead on Sydney's iconic "Meccano Set"

26 April 2019

Work is progressing on the restoration of the iconic ‘Meccano Set’ at the intersection of the Hume Highway, Woodville Road and Henry Lawson Drive at Lansdowne, with work now complete on upgrades to the structure foundations.

Roads and Maritime Services Director of Sydney Maintenance David Fishburn said work will soon start to remove and replace the main gantry with a new, identical structure.

“Since the traffic lights were first switched on at the intersection in June 1962, motorists have used the ‘Meccano Set’ as a point of reference when travelling through Sydney,” Mr Fishburn said.

“In the past, Roads and Maritime Services considered replacing the structure with free standing traffic lights but decided against it after receiving such strong support in favour of the structure.

“To keep this important point of reference in place, work will now be carried out to replace the existing structure with a new replica.”

Mr Fishburn said work to replace the structure will be carried out across four weekends to minimise the impact to motorists.

“The parts for the new ‘Meccano Set’ structure have been fabricated off-site and will be transported to the intersection to be installed,” Mr Fishburn said.

“Crews will be on site from Saturday 11 May to start replacing the existing structure on the Woodville Road side of the intersection.

“Work will be carried out on each side of the intersection across different weekends to ensure there is minimal impact on motorists.

“This important work is being carried out to ensure the ‘Meccano Set’ remains an icon of Sydney’s traffic network for years to come.”

The first weekend of work will be carried out from Saturday 11 May between 9.30pm and 8am, weather permitting.

Detours will be in place so motorists and heavy vehicle operators are encouraged to plan ahead and allow extra travel time. All road users are advised to drive to the conditions and follow the direction of all signs and traffic control.

Roads and Maritime thanks the community for its patience while work is carried out.

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For more information on the ‘Meccano Set’, including a snapshot into the history of this fascinating intersection, visit the Meccano Set project page.

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