Melbourne, VIC: Contracts let for removing the first crossings of a targeted 50 crossing programme

20 May

Contracts thane been let to remove the first four of an eventual 50-strong programme of grade separations across the Melbourne metropolitan area. This forms part of the Labor government’s  deliver on the pre-election pledge to eliminate 50 crossings within two parliamentary terms (eight years).

The crossings for which contracts have been let are Burke Road in Glen Iris; Centre Road in Bentleigh; McKinnon Road in McKinnon; and North Road in Ormond. The winning bid, valued at AUD 524 million was submitted by a joint venture comprising John Holland and KBR. All works will be complete by 2018 with work at the Burke Road level crossing within weeks, because planning for its removal had been initiated by the previous State Government.

These grade-separation projects will require the busy Frankston railway line to be lowered with, in each case, a station reconstruction at the lower level. The state government is expected, within weeks, to let contracts for a further 13 level crossing grade separations, including nine on the Dandenong commuter rail corridor.

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