VICTORIAN Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan last week announced that contracts with a combined value of more than $1 billion have been signed for the removal of 12 level crossings in Melbourne's north, west and south east.
An Alliance led by McConnell Dowell, Arup and Mott McDonald will remove the Kororoit Creek Road level crossing in Williamstown North and duplicate part of the Altona Loop as part of the Western Program Alliance.
Work will be fast-tracked to start this year, with the level crossing now expected to be gone by the end of 2018.
If the Alliance meets performance measures in delivery of this project, it will retain the contract to then remove the level crossing at Abbotts Road in Dandenong South – where work will also start this year – followed by Aviation Road in Laverton, Ferguson Street in Williamstown, and Cherry and Werribee Streets in Werribee.
Another Alliance, led by John Holland and KBR, has been awarded the contract for the North-West Program.
They will remove the Camp Road level crossing in Campbellfield, followed by Skye/Overton Road in Frankston and Buckley Street in Essendon.
The removal of these crossings has also been fast-tracked, with construction at all three to begin this year and be completed by the end of next year.
If these works are delivered well, the Alliance will then progressively remove the level crossings at Glenroy Road in Glenroy, Bell Street in Coburg and Moreland Road in Brunswick.
Also last week, the Victorian Government released the Frankston line level crossing removals to the market, which includes the removal of crossings at:
- Station Street / Bondi Road, Bonbeach;
- Station Street, Carrum;
- Charman Road, Cheltenham;
- Edithvale Road, Edithvale;
- Balcombe Road, Mentone;
- Eel Race Road, Seaford; and
- Seaford Road, Seaford.
The crossings are likely to be removed as a single package of works, similar to the current packaging of the nine level crossings on the Dandenong corridor, which is expected to improve coordination and reduce disruption.
On the Frankston line, level crossings have already been removed at Centre Road, Bentleigh, North Road, Ormond, and McKinnon Road, McKinnon.