AN Alliance of Laing O'Rourke, Fulton Hogan and Jacobs has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to remove the level crossings on Lower Plenty Road and Grange Road, rebuild Rosanna Station and duplicate the Hurstbridge line in Melbourne's north.
The level crossing removal at Lower Plenty Road in Rosanna involves the construction of a new rail bridge over the road, which follows extensive engineering, planning and community engagement to find the best way to separate trains from traffic given the incline of the road and the nearby creek and surrounding parklands.
The rail bridge will protect train services from disruptions caused by flooding and save hundreds of local trees compared to the rail trench option, which would have been about double the length of the bridge.
Raising or lowering the road over the train line was previously ruled out due to the significant amount of property acquisition required and impact on the local shops, parkland and community.
The project will also build a brand new Rosanna Station next to the crossing and duplicate the single section of track between Heidelberg and Rosanna, creating space for more frequent, reliable services, which will have flow-on benefits for the South Morang line.
The second track will be built to the east of the existing tracks, but will not require any property acquisition. The duplication will include a new tunnel under Darebin Street next to the existing brick tunnel.
These works are part of a $395 million package of works that also includes the removal of the Grange Road level crossing in Alphington.