$113M contract awarded to alliance for Cherry Street level crossing

Artists impression courtesy of the Level Crossing Removal Project.

An alliance of McConnell Dowell, Arup, Mott MacDonald and Metro Trains Melbourne has been awarded the contract for the Cherry Street level crossing removal.

The level crossing will be removed by building a road bridge over the rail line, creating a new direct connection between Tarneit Road and the Princes Highway.

Work is now underway as the contractors prepare the area and establish a site office.

Cherry Street will be the first of three level crossings to start construction in the Wyndham area. Designs are also progressing on removals at Werribee Street and Old Geelong Road.

Due for completion in 2022, the Cherry Street level crossing removal will reduce travel times for drivers while providing improved connections for pedestrians and cyclists. The area will also benefit from a new pedestrian underpass, landscaping and a shared-use path on the south side of the rail line.

The alliance delivering this removal have already removed three other level crossings across Melbourne and are now building a new stabling yard at Wyndham Vale.

When construction begins the existing crossing location will eventually be closed to vehicles. At the location of the former crossing, a pedestrian underpass will be built to maintain access to local shops and homes.

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