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 expected to be gone by the end of 2018.
If the alliance meets performance measures in delivery of the project, it will then go on to 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. The team will remove the Camp Road level crossing in Campbellfield, followed by Skye/Overton Road in Frankston and Buckley Street in Essendon. If the 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.
The government of Victoria also launched the tender process for the Frankston line level crossing removals. The project will get rid of eight more dangerous level crossings on the Frankston line, with crossings in Bentleigh, McKinnon and Ormond already removed.
Overall, 50 of Melbourne’s worst level crossings are being removed – 10 are already gone and work is under way at a further 13, with up to 28 set to be removed by the end of 2018.