Replacing the Hume Highway ‘Meccano Set’

The ‘Meccano Set’, at the intersection of Henry Lawson Drive, Woodville Road and the Hume Highway, Lansdowne was built in 1962. Since then, the structure has held the busy intersection’s overhead directional signs and traffic lights.

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

Updates and announcements

We’ll be closing the Hume Highway at the eastern approach to the ‘Meccano Set’, Lansdowne, at 9.30pm Saturday 18 May until 8am Sunday 19 May.

This will affect all Hume Highway road users travelling through the intersection, as well as people intending to travel east on Hume Highway from Woodville Road.

Detours will be in place, so follow the signs and instructions from traffic controllers.

Normal traffic conditions will resume Sunday at 8am.

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The replacement of the Meccano Set structure requires that we close each approach to the intersection for one night each. We are doing the work over four consecutive Saturday nights between 9.30pm Saturday night and 8am Sunday morning. This started on 11 May 2019 and will continue each Saturday night until mid-June, weather permitting.

For traffic updates, you can call 132 701, visit or download the Live Traffic NSW App.

Project background

Roads and Maritime Services has maintained the structure for more than 50 years. Investigations in 2003 found the Meccano Set to be structurally safe; however, significant maintenance work was required to address rust and peeling paint.

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 more standard traffic lights and directional signs. Public responses revealed it was considered a Western Sydney icon, 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

The existing footings will need to be strengthened to protect the structure before it can be replaced. We will use bored piles to create stronger foundations. This involves drilling a circular hole in the ground, installing a steel tube and filling it with concrete. This method has been chosen as it is one of the least disruptive piling techniques.

The components of the structure will be fabricated off-site. When they are ready to be installed, we will transport them to site, assemble them in position, and attach the traffic signs and lights. Each side of the structure will be replaced one at a time, then tested and commissioned before the road is reopened to traffic.

How will the work affect me?

Our work requires we close each approach to the intersection for one night each time we are on site. We will do the work over four consecutive Saturday nights between 9.30pm Saturday night and 8am Sunday morning. The first closure was on Saturday 11 May 2019.

Clearly marked detours and traffic controllers will be in place to help road users complete their journeys.

Our work may be noisy at times, but we will do everything we can to minimise its impact, including completing the noisier tasks before midnight.

View or download the light vehicle detour map.

If you are interested in the heavy vehicle detours for these closures please contact our delivery partner VBAJV on 1800 677 700 or email

Community engagement

Work will start in January 2019 and continue until June 2019. We will work up to five nights a week, and for up to 60 shifts, weather permitting. Most of the work will happen at night between Sunday and Thursday nights, but there will be occasions where we work on a Saturday night. The planned work will not affect traffic during the AM and PM peak periods.

1800 677 700
Mail: PO Box 838, Rockdale, NSW, 2216


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