Shortlist announced for more than $1bn in level crossing removals throughout Melbourne

VICTORIAN Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan last week announced the shortlisted bidders for two packages of level crossing removals, valued at more than a billion dollars and covering 11 level crossings in throughout Melbourne.

A joint venture of John Holland and KBR, and a joint venture of CPB Contractors and Aurecon have been shortlisted for the North West Program Alliance. The successful bidder will remove level crossings at Camp Road in Campbellfield and Buckley Street in Essendon, with work to start next year.

Under the Program Alliance model, if these removals are delivered satisfactorily, the successful bidder will retain the contract to remove level crossings at Glenroy Road in Glenroy, Bell Street in Coburg and Moreland Road in Brunswick.

Level crossing at Camp Road, Campbellfield
Above: Level crossing at Camp Road, Campbellfield / Level Crossing Removal Authority.

For the Western Program Alliance, the shortlisted proponents are a joint venture of McConnell Dowell, Arup and Mott McDonald, and a joint venture of Coleman Rail, Seymour Whyte and Arcadis Australia.

This Alliance will remove the Abbots Road level crossing in Dandenong South and the Kororoit Creek Road crossing in Williamstown North, as well as duplicating part of the Altona Loop to boost the reliability of services.

If these projects are delivered effectively, the successful bidder will also remove the Aviation Road level crossing in Laverton, Ferguson Street crossing in Williamstown, and Cherry and Werribee Street crossings in Werribee.

Ms Allan said the Program Alliance model – where successful bidders must meet strict performance measures to remove the other crossings – reduces procurement time, meaning the crossings are removed sooner.

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