Work complete – the ‘Meccano Set’ ‘re’ takes its place on Hume Highway, Lansdowne

Work is now complete on the replacement of the ‘Meccano Set’; a south-western Sydney landmark at the intersection of Hume Highway, Henry Lawson Drive and Woodville Road, Lansdowne.

The ‘Meccano Set’ was built in 1962 and, since then, has held the busy intersection’s signs and traffic lights.

Meccano Set
The ‘Meccano Set’ has been a Hume Highway landmark since the early 1960s

Project background

Roads and Maritime Services has maintained the Meccano Set for more than 50 years.

In January 2015, Roads and Maritime Services sought community feedback on the Meccano Set’s future. Two options were proposed: repaint and maintain the structure or remove it completely and replace it with standard traffic signals and directional signs. Public responses revealed a deep affection for the Western Sydney landmark, with around 90 percent wanting it to remain.

Investigations over the following years found that repairing the existing structure, on-site or off-site, presented significant safety risks to both workers and road users. Roads and Maritime Services established that replacing the structure with an identical, pre-fabricated version, prepared off-site, was a safe, cost‑effective and timely alternative.

The project

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