World Apartment block above M4 WestConnex tunnel evacuated in Ashfield after cracks appear in building

01:58  24 july  2020
01:58  24 july  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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Residents of Mascot Towers, an apartment block in Sydney’s inner-south, were forced to evacuate and sleep elsewhere on Friday evening after cracks were

a bus that is parked on the side of a building: Emergency crews at the scene in Ashfield this morning. (ABC News) © Provided by ABC News Emergency crews at the scene in Ashfield this morning. (ABC News)

Residents in an apartment block which sits above the newly-built M4 WestConnex tunnel in Sydney's inner west were evacuated after cracks appeared in the building.

Firefighters were called to Green Trees apartment complex on Knocklayde Street in Ashfield about 3:30am after the cracks appeared and movement was detected in the building.

The building is about 20 years old, but firefighters said it was too early to determine the cause.

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WestConnex is a 33-kilometre (21 mi) predominately underground motorway scheme currently under Stage 3 works include building M 4 –M5 link, a new motorway tunnel linking the M 4 East and the This proved a stumbling block in securing federal funding for the project, despite the risk of a

WestConnex , Sydney, Australia. 27K likes. WestConnex will upgrade and link the M 4 and M8 through a continuous, free-flowing motorway built mostly in Thank you to all those who have been involved in building the 9km twin tunnels , that will change the way Sydneysiders move.

Public works engineers and the Inner West Council are working with firefighters to investigate the cause of the movement in the three-level apartment block.

Superintendent Adam Dewberry from NSW Fire and Rescue said the alarm was first raised when a resident couldn't open their front door.

Specialist firefighters from Liverpool fire station were called to the scene with measuring devices.

"What we've down now is we've actually set up our laser measuring equipment which will monitor any movement in the building, even the slightest movement," Superintendent Dewberry said.

"We've also isolated the power and other utilities for safety reasons."

Several people were evacuated to the a nearby local community centre as operations continued.

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