The Level Crossing Removal Authority have awarded six level crossing removal contracts this week.
This brings the total number of level crossing removals under contract to 50 with 30 already removed and 20 in construction or planning.
The $744 million contract for work at Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach has been awarded to an alliance of Lendlease, Acciona Coleman Rail, WSP and Metro Trains Melbourne – with work to start in 2020.
This contract will see sections of the Frankston Line lowered, removing five crossings at Edithvale Road in Edithvale, Station Street in Bonbeach, and Argyle Avenue, Chelsea Road and Swanpool Avenue in Chelsea.
New, safe, accessible stations will be built at Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach, and will reflect the coastal look and feel of the area. This comes after feedback from community consultation on station design.
In the south east, an alliance of Fulton Hogan and Metro Trains Melbourne has been awarded the $166 million contract to remove the Clyde Road level crossing in Berwick.
This will see the road lowered under the Pakenham Line to reduce congestion for the 22,000 drivers using the crossing daily.
These contract awards have kept the Level Crossing Removal Project on track for its goal of removing 75 level crossings by 2025.