To remove the level crossings, the railway line and station platforms will be elevated and constructed on an overhead viaduct.
The alliance contract with the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) covers the design and construction of the section of the project from Caulfield to Dandenong in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs. Other alliance participants include WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Aurecon and Metro Trains Melbourne.
The project will remove nine level crossings and rebuild five railway stations, with the area underneath the viaduct developed into 22.5ha of public open space and shared pathways.
Construction is scheduled to start in the middle of this year and will generate revenue of approximately AU$500m (£267m) for CPB Contractors, which is part of Hochtief group company Cimic – formerly called Leighton. Cimic Group executive chairman and chief executive officer Marcelino Fernández Verdes said: “Australia’s focus on infrastructure investment is creating a strong pipeline of work and demand for Cimic and CPB Contractors’ capabilities across multiple sectors.
“This project is delivering a sustainable transport solution for Victoria and is another example of the opportunities arising from government initiatives to improve community infrastructure.”
Managing director for Lendlease's engineering business, Craig Laslett, said: "We look forward to working closely with LXRA to safely deliver this innovative rail and urban regeneration project, which will improve safety, deliver greater rail efficiency and increase the capacity of the network."
CPB Contractors managing director Román Garrido said: “Our Alliance team brings strong capabilities and complementary areas of experience. Our partnership will ensure the project achieves its objectives to deliver improved safety, reduced traffic congestion and greater rail network efficiency.”
Work will be completed in 2018.
The project is part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to remove at least 20 level crossings by 2018 and 50 by 2022.