Melbourne, Victoria: Contracts awarded for three grade-separations

30 Apr

Major works to remove three of Victoria’s most notorious rail level crossings are set to begin shortly with Premier Denis Napthine and Minister for Roads Terry Mulder awarding construction tenders for the projects today.

“The Victorian Coalition Government has committed AUD349.8 million towards removing two level crossings in Mitcham and a third crossing at Springvale,” Dr Napthine said.

“Each day thousands of vehicles and hundreds of train services pass through these three crossings with the boom gates down for nearly half of the morning peak.

“Effectively blocking these major roads for half of the morning peak is not only enormously frustrating and costly for motorists, it also poses a significant safety risk.

“Separating the rail line from the road at these three locations will be a massive boost for easing congestion and will also lead to much safer conditions for pedestrians, cyclists, road users and public transport passengers,” Dr Napthine said.

The successful alliances for the projects are:

  • Springvale Road, Springvale – NetworX – comprising McConnell Dowell, Balfour Beatty Rail, Parsons Brinckerhoff/Beca;
  • Mitcham and Rooks Roads,  Mitcham – John Holland & KBR

Mr Mulder marked the milestone by releasing design concepts for the removal of the Mitcham rail crossings and an animation showing how the new Springvale level crossing will look once the project is finished at the end of 2014.

“The projects will also create at least 140 new jobs and hundreds more indirectly over the life of construction,” Mr Mulder said.

“At the Springvale Road level crossing approximately 8,000 vehicles, 1,000 pedestrians and 140 train services pass through during peak times each day, with the boom gates down for 42 per cent of the morning peak.

“At Mitcham, approximately 16,000 vehicles and 200 train services pass through the crossing daily, with the boom gates down for more than 45 per cent of the morning peak.

“Removing these level crossings will allow traffic to flow much more fluently on these major roads and will also ease congestion on surrounding roads.

“Local residents in the Mitcham and Springvale communities will also benefit from the brand new infrastructure, which will include new, fully-manned premium train stations with below ground platforms, better pedestrian access and a shared user path,” Mr Mulder said.

Both projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2014

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