Contract signed on Caulfield to Dandenong level crossing removal project

The project will remove nine level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong in Melbourne’s south‐eastern suburbs, as well as rebuild five railway stations.An alliance of Lendlease, CPB Contractors, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Aurecon and Metro Trains Melbourne has signed the contract with the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) to design and construct the Level Crossing Removal Project: Caulfield to Dandenong.

The project will remove nine level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong in Melbourne’s south‐eastern suburbs, as well as rebuild five railway stations. The new stations will be built at Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Hughesdale, Clayton and Noble Park.

Power and singalling upgrades will also be carried out between Flinders Street Station and Pakenham Station.

To remove the level crossings, the railway line and station platforms will be elevated and constructed on an overhead viaduct, with the area underneath developed into 22.5 hectares of public open space and shared pathways.

Managing Director for Lendlease’s Engineering business, Craig Laslett, said in a statement that the company was looking forward to contributing its significant rail experience to deliver this major project.

“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 in a statement: “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.”

Construction is scheduled to commence in mid-2016 and will be complete 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.

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