THE Victorian Government last week announced that an alliance of Laing O'Rourke, Fulton Hogan and Jacobs has been selected as the preferred bidder for the Hurstbridge Rail Line upgrade, which includes the removal of two level crossings and a new station at Rosanna.
The approximate $140.2 million project includes:
- Duplication of the 1.2-kilometre single-track section of rail line between Heidelberg and Rosanna, with associated power and signalling work;
- The removal of level crossings at Grange Road, Alphington, and Lower Plenty Road, Rosanna;
- Redesigned timetables for the Hurstbridge and South Morang lines to achieve additional services and improved reliability on both lines;
- Construction of a new train station at Rosanna; and
- The addition of a new bus route between Greensborough and Diamond Creek.
According to the government, packaging the works together will reduce disruption to local residents, businesses and passengers, and mean the benefits of the important project can be delivered sooner.
The preferred bidder will now be able to work with the Level Crossing Removal Authority to continue community consultation, and utilise their expertise to further develop the design options at these sites.
Construction of the Hurstbridge line projects will commence early next year and is expected to be complete by 2019.