THE Victorian Government last week said it is getting on with removing Victoria's most dangerous and congested level crossings, following the release of the Expression of Interest for the Caulfield to Dandenong level crossing removals package.
Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said that on top of removing some of Melbourne's worst level crossings, the package would rebuild four stations at Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Clayton and Hughesdale and roll out power and signalling upgrades.
According to the government, the delivery of the nine level crossing removals and four station rebuilds as a single package minimises costs, reduces disruption and allows the works to be coordinated.
"Removing every level crossing between Caulfield and Dandenong will reduce road congestion, make local communities safer, create jobs, and allow for more trains from Cranbourne, Pakenham and Gippsland," Ms Allan said.
The EIO process is due to close in late June 2015, and following this, the Level Crossing Removal Authority will evaluate submissions and shortlist two bidders to continue through the process.
Work on the removal of these level crossings is expected to commence in 2016, and all nine level crossing removals will be completed by 2018.
Earlier in May, the Victorian Government announced that an alliance involving John and Holland and Kellogg Brown & Root has been awarded the contract for the removal of four level crossings at Centre Road in Bentleigh, North Road in Ormond, McKinnon Road in McKinnon and Burke Road in Glen Iris.
At each location, the rail line will be lowered under the road, with Bentleigh, Ormond, McKinnon and Gardiner stations to be rebuilt. This project is also due to be completed by 2018.